16338Rocor Autonomy will be on the model of UOC/MP?
- Apr 4, 2006Fr. John Shaw confirms that Rocor will be subordinate to the
hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate in all critical matters when he
says that the autonomy Rocor will enjoy will be similar to the
autonomy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church/MP. I have been living in
Ukraine for more than 2 years. The autonomy experienced here is in
name only. It is nominal. A good example of the subordination of
UOC/MP occurred during the presidential elections here in 2004. The
position of the Kremlin during those elections was sharply in favor
of Mr. Yanukovich. The activities of the UOC/MP were strongly in
favor of Mr. Yanukovich. These activities included using church
grounds to distribute pro-Yanukovich material, parishioners in
Donetsk being threatened with not being permitted to Commune for a
period of time if they did not vote for Yanukovich, and politically
motivated sermons. The Archbishop of Kirovograd made a public
statement in which he said that the Mother of God appeared to him
several times telling him that Yanukovich would be President. The
Metropolitan of Donetsk was one of those who were on a podium at a
conference in Severo-Donetsk which protested the fact that Mr.
Yanukovich was not inaugurated as President following the fraudulent
second round of presidential elections. The behavior of the church
here was such (so out of line with Orthodox principles) that Marat
Gelman, a Russian political advisor to Yanukovich, said publicly
that the MP -- he made no distinction between the UOC/MP and MP --
had lost substantial legitimacy in Ukraine. Needless to say, these
types of activities by the UOC/MP are blatant examples of Sergianism.
That is the type of "autonomy" that may well be in store for Rocor.
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