They want to force the UOC-MP in Ukraine to pay taxes. The Moscow Patriarchate may also take away the temple in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
In the Lviv region, a priest of the UOC-MP was doused with green paint.
14 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada propose to the parliament to oblige the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to pay taxes. This is stated in the bill. № 7403.
The initiators of the bill:
- Sovsun Inna Romanovna - "Voice" faction,
- Pipa Natalya Romanovna - "Voice" faction,
- Stefanishina Olga Anatolievna - "Voice" faction,
- Rudyk Kira Alexandrovna - Chairman of the "Voice" faction,
- Bobrovskaya Solomiya Anatolyevna - "Voice" faction,
- Gerashchenko Irina Vladimirovna - co-chairman of the European Solidarity faction,
- Klympush-Tsintsadze Ivanna Orestovna - European Solidarity faction,
- Ionova Maria Nikolaevna - European Solidarity faction,
- Friz Irina Vasilievna - European Solidarity faction,
- Yurchishin Yaroslav Romanovich - "Voice" faction,
- Rushishin Yaroslav Ivanovich - "Voice" faction,
- Sharaskin Andrey Andreevich - "Voice" faction,
- Virastyuk Vasily Yaroslavovich - Servant of the People faction.
The draft law proposes to amend the Tax Code in terms of non-profit organizations that are not tax payers.
According to the draft law, religious organizations (associations) that directly or as an integral part of another religious organization (association) are part of the structure (are part of) a religious organization (association), the governing center of which is located outside Ukraine in a state that is recognized by law as having committed military aggression against Ukraine.
If it is established that a religious organization falls under the above criteria, then it is excluded from the register of non-profit organizations that are not tax payers.
The Moscow Patriarchate may take away the temple in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
The Orthodox Church of Ukraine created its own male monastery called the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Now the OCU plans to apply to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a request to transfer one of the churches and a number of premises of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to them.
The OCU notes the need to “overcome the consequences of non-canonical subordination to the authorities of the Moscow Patriarchate” of the largest Orthodox shrine in Ukraine. About this according to the results of the decision of the Holy Synod of the OCU reported her press service on the evening of May 23.
“Given the special significance of the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as a shrine of all-Ukrainian and world significance, in order to overcome the consequences of the non-canonical subordination of this monastery to the authorities of the Moscow Patriarchate, at the suggestion of His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv and All Ukraine, the Synod decided to form a religious association of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) religious organization "Holy Assumption Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (monastery) of the UOC (OCU)", - said in a statement.
The synod approved the charter of the new organization and determined that it was directly subordinate to the primate of the OCU as its sacred archimandrite. Next in line is an appeal to the government with a request to transfer part of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
“The Synod also asked the primate to apply to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a request to transfer one of the churches of the Upper Lavra and its individual premises for use for worship and monastic activities of the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra of the UOC (OCU),” - Noted the press service.
Recall that currently the National Kiev-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve operates in the Upper Lavra. The monastery complex on the territory of the Lavra is leased by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The UOC-MP called the decision of the Synod of the OCU on the creation of the religious organization "Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (monastery) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine" an "occupational policy of church looting" in the UOC-MP. This is stated in comments Legal Department of the UOC-MP.
“On this occasion, first of all, we emphasize that in its decision to establish the OCU male monastery in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the Synod of the OCU actually duplicates the name of the UOC male monastery currently operating in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra,” - the message says. The UOC-MP also believes that the creation of the monastery carries a "potential threat of hostility on religious grounds."
In the Lviv region, a priest of the UOC-MP was doused with green paint
In the city of Stryi, Lviv region, the archpriest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Vladimir Mandzyuk doused with brilliant green during the liturgy. About it reported press service of the UOC-MP with reference to the daughter of a priest.
According to the portal zaxid.net, policemen came to the scene of the incident, but the rector refused to write a statement, there are no complaints against anyone. The press service of the city council of Stryi told the portal that no one knew about the existence of this parish of the UOC-MP in the city, although the religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection of Christ was registered in Stryi in 2010
In addition, it became known that since the beginning of the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, 50 communities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate have transferred to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. About it reported press service of the OCU on May 23.
Recall that in Brovary, Kyiv region, the UOC-MP was bannedand in Konotop, the mayor banned the activities of the UOC-MP.
Previously, we wrote that The UOC reacted to such a ban on its activities in the cities.
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