risu.org.ua - (Kyyiv) Ukrainian Parliamentarians asked Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to issue a decree granting autocephalous status to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and to recognize invalid the act of 1686, by which Moscow annexed Kyiv Metropolis from the jurisdiction of Constantinople.
The Parliament voted in favor of the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I requesting to grant autocephaly (independence) to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Decree No. 4793 was voted for by 245 MPs, against – by 20, 1 MP abstained, 66 did not vote.
Ukrainian Parliament appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch asking him as follows:
• to recognize invalid the act in 1686 as the one adopted in violation of the sacred canons of the Orthodox Church;
• to take an active part in overcoming the church schism by convening Ukrainian unification council under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which would solve all controversial issues and unite the Ukrainian Orthodox Church;
• for the benefit of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and the integrity of the Ukrainian nation, to issue the Tomos granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, under which it can take its rightful place in the family of Local Orthodox Churches.
The initiators of the draft resolution are Speaker of Parliament Andriy Parubiy, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and Spirituality Mykola Knyazhytskyy, MPs Serhiy Vysotskyy, Andriy Levus and Victor Yelenskyy (“People's Front” faction) and Maria Matios (Petro Poroshenko Bloc).