Ukrainian MP Viktor Medvedchuk commented on the statements of the new Minister of Culture of Borodyansky regarding the UOC.
Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform — For Life Party, said that the team of the incumbent President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky continues Poroshenko’s policy of persecuting the only canonical Church in Ukraine. This was the official website of the party «Opposition Platform — For Life».
According to him, «every new statement by representatives of the Ukrainian authorities is simply the height of unprofessionalism and cynicism regarding their voters.»
In particular, we are talking about the statement of the Minister of Culture Vladimir Borodyansky, who stated in his interview that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church “should include in its name an identification that it refers to the Russian Orthodox Church” and indicate that the administrative center for the management of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is located in Moscow .
Viktor Medvedchuk believes that “due to his ignorance or political commitment, the Minister of Culture ignores the fact that the UOC is an independent, independent church, the leadership of which is elected at the Council of Bishops. The UOC has its own ecclesiastical court and the Holy Synod and is completely independent of the Russian Orthodox Church, connected with it only by general prayers. ”
According to the People’s Deputy, if «the Minister of Culture, says that» the center of influence on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is located in Moscow through the same Synod, «and opposes the only canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine, led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry,» why in this case, he «does not take the same position with respect to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church? After all, the UGCC is located in the structure of the Roman Catholic Church. And when the UGCC elects bishops, this decision requires approval in Rome. ”
Medvedchuk is sure that “the statements of the Minister of Culture, a member of the Zelensky team are nothing more than a continuation of Poroshenko’s policy, which, for political reasons, interfered in church affairs, which led to a split in Orthodoxy not only in Ukraine but throughout the world.”
He believes that «Poroshenko’s policy (obtaining tomos and raider seizures of churches and property of the UOC — the only canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine) embodied in the church’s affairs today continues Zelensky’s team.»
The people’s representative emphasized that “the ignorant, not knowing the situation Minister of Culture Borodyansky interferes in extremely sensitive spheres of religion and language for Ukrainians, which only reinforces the split in society.”