Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine said that it hopes that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate will implement the law on renaming itself into the Russian Orthodox Church, since the position of the state will depend on it in the future.
This was stated by the Director of the Department for Religions and Nationalities of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine Andrey Yurash during a briefing entitled “The state registration of the local church and the implementation of new legislative norms in the sphere of religion” on February 1st in Kiev.
“The law is not declarative, it is not common, it has accurate criteria by which it is possible to determine what religious organisations falls under its norms”said Yurash
According to him, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) completely falls under the operation of the law and is obliged to rename itself. “We very much hope that the relevant adequate decision will be made and then there will be an opportunity for religious communities to make changes to their Charters in accordance with the law,” said Yurash.
He added that if the law is not observed, then after consultations with the Ministry of Justice the relevant decisions will be made at the level of the government. “If a religious organisation does not make the changes in the corresponding time, then their Charter will lose their force in the part that governs the name of these religious organisations,” added the official.
According to him, thus the organisation will keep the status of a legal entity, but it will remain without a name. “It gives the state the opportunity to independently choose a name for this religious organisation. I do not think that this is the best case for religious organisations themselves, when they will be proposed some names,” said Yurash.
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