The Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church has enshrined in the Charter of the ROC “special status” of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, formally specifying that the leadership of religious organizations is in Kiev. This is stated in the message on the official website of the UOC-MP.
Changes were made after the relevant proposal of the head of UOC MP Metropolitan Onufry. In his speech at the Cathedral in Moscow noted that in Ukraine, some political forces, “ignoring the special status of the UOC, due to the definition of the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1990, and thus refer to the current Statute of the Orthodox Church”.
In this regard, the letter offered “to emphasize the special status of the UOC” in the Charter of the Russian Church to “avoid further speculation”.
In the end, the Cathedral in its decision introduced amendments to the statutes of the Russian Orthodox Church and highlighted the provisions of the Ukrainian Church from the Chapter on self-governing churches in a separate Chapter.
“Additionally, the Cathedral said that the bodies of Church authority and governance of the UOC is its Council and the Synod headed by the Primate. In accordance with the proposed amendments to the Charter of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that the control center of the UOC is in Kiev”, – stated in the message.
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In April 2016 the Verkhovna Rada was registered the draft law No. 4511 on the special status of religious organizations, senior centers are in the state aggressor. On formal grounds under the future law (if adopted) will fall within the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has repeatedly criticized the document.
According to the project, the state has with the Church a contract (agreement) on its special status. The Treaty obliges a religious organisation to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and laws of Ukraine, and also to respect other religious organizations in the country.
The document also provides that the UOC-MP must agree on the appointment of heads of Central and regional structures of the state.
28 July 2017, President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine expects from the Patriarchate of Constantinople the recognition of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.