Bishops of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) began to be invited to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) for “conversations”. This was announced by the head of the legal department of the religious structure, Archpriest Alexander Bakhov in his Facebook account.
“After the recent events around the UOC, this is quite expected, even indicative, but I want to note that the law does not spell out such a form of communication as“ talking ”or talking.” Therefore, dear lords and fathers, I doubt that they are with you about God will talk, ”he said.
He advised the hierarchs to demand official notification about the need to come to the SBU, which is sent by mail, and also urged to come in “conversation” with a lawyer.
Currently, Ukraine is preparing for the Unification Council in Kiev, convened by the Patriarchate of Constantinople with the support of the Ukrainian authorities. The purpose of the event is to create a single church in Ukraine by combining the UOC-MP with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), which are not canonical. On November 14, it became known that the Council would be held on November 22, and will be held by the locum tenens of the Western European Exarchate of Constantinople, Metropolitan of Gallia, Emmanuel.
On November 10, the heads of the unrecognized Ukrainian churches refused to nominate themselves for the post of head of the new united church. According to unconfirmed reports, Archbishop Job (Getcha), who is influential in Constantinople, can lead the structure. On November 13, the UOC-MP broke off the Eucharistic communion with Constantinople and opposed unification with the schismatics.
The church schism in Ukraine escalated several months ago. In early October, at the Council of the Constantinople Church, Patriarch Bartholomew confirmed his intention to grant the country autocephaly, removed the anathemas from the heads of schismatic churches and restored his jurisdiction over the Kiev metropolis. In this connection, on October 15, the Russian Orthodox Church broke the Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.