Poroshenko Was Sued for Interfering in Ukraine’s Church Affairs

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The district administrative court of Kiev accepted the claim of the public NGO “Rule of Law” with the demand to recognise president Petro Poroshenko’s absence of powers to interfere with the activity of the church. Consideration is appointed for October 13th.

Poroshenko is trying to achieve the recognition of uncanonical religious structures and the creation of a united local autocephalous church in Ukraine. Earlier, the Constantinople Patriarchate appointed exarchs in Kiev “within the framework of preparing for the granting of autocephaly”. In addition, the Constantinople Patriarchate Bartholomew said that he intends to give autocephaly to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed] said that such actions are another local church’s invasion of canonical territory and urged the Patriarch Bartholomew to stop his interference, and called for the “exarchs” of the Constantinople patriarchate to leave Kiev.

“The claimant asks the court to establish the head of state’s lack of competence (powers) to interfere with the activity of the church and religious organisations, in particular, by signing and leading the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew about granting  Tomos (a decree) of Autocephaly of the orthodox church in Ukraine, which was further supported by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine via the corresponding resolution,” it was reported on Monday on the court’s website.

The court accepted the claim and appointed a hearing for its consideration on October 13th.

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