18 October 2018, 18:41
Ukrainian Orthodox Church disagrees with transfer of St. Andrew's Church to Constantinople
Moscow, October 18, Interfax - The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate believes the transfer of St. Andrew's Church in Kiev to the Constantinople Patriarchate would be illegal.
"From a canonical viewpoint, this decision creates a whole number of irregularities, because the presence and service in Kiev of bishops of a different local church without the authorization of the metropolitan of Kiev is a classic violation of church canons and rules," Archbishop Clement, the head of the information and education department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, told RT on Thursday.
This decision is generally "surprising," as "this church could have been transferred to Ukrainian churches, but is being transferred to a church whose center is in Istanbul, in a state that has no relation to Ukraine," he said.
President Pyotr Poroshenko said earlier that the transfer of the church to the Constantinople Patriarchate for the work of its representative office would speed up the issuance of a tomos of autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. "St. Andrew's Church in Kiev will be transferred to St. Andrew's See of Constantinople for the operation of its representative office," he said.
He submitted a bill to the Rada on granting the Constantinople Patriarchate the use of the church, and the parliament approved it at first reading.
St. Andrew's Church was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754 and built on the right bank of the Dnieper, on St. Andrew's Mount, in the Baroque style. Below it is St. Andrew's Descent, which connects the upper part of the city to the lower part.
The church currently belongs to the self-proclaimed Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.