2018-11-15 15:46:00

Ukrainian Orthodox Church warns of schemes using its bishops' signatures at unification assembly

Kiev, November 15, Interfax - The Ukrainian Orthodox Church said its bishops' signatures may be illegally used at the upcoming unification assembly in Kiev.

According to earlier reports, Metropolitan Simeon of Vinnitsa and Bar has allegedly received letters of authorization from 15 bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to meet with the president of Ukraine, which he brought when he came to meet with Pyotr Poroshenko on November 13.

"It's creative! It's probably even cooler than what Filaret did when he created the Kiev Patriarchate! But there were at least living people there, yes, they were lured to the assembly and deceived, and here they couldn't lure people, they just whipped up some letters of authorization!" Archpriest Aleksander Bakhov, the head of the legal department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, wrote on Facebook.

He mentioned a recent scheme involving letters of authorization. A court found the actions undertaken in that case illegal.

"Fathers, be attentive, because you may be involved in something without even knowing it!" the priest wrote, adding that the department on religious affairs has samples of the signatures of all bishops of Ukraine.

"The assembly of the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church did not order any bishops to participate in or represent the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at any assemblies!" he wrote.

Golos.ua reported on Wednesday that the assembly where a church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate is expected to be created may be held on November 22. Yevstraty Zorya, the press secretary of self-proclaimed "Kiev Patriarchate", said that this information is not official and that preparations for the assembly are underway.