Ukraine: SBU searched the house of the Dean of Orthodox monastery

The monastery is subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate. The searches should be run in the framework of criminal proceedings on the grounds of “violation of equality of citizens due to their race, nationality, Religion, disability and other characteristics”.

The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had earlier complained in a speech that the Ukrainian-Orthodox churches for “the Russian army” will prayed: “How can you go in the Church when the worship service with a prayer for Kirill and Putin and the Russian army starts? What you have to do with the Ukraine?“ Poroshenko asked in a conversation with the residents of the locality Koseletz. In which Orthodox prayer just for Putin, prayers, Poroshenko clarified.

The searches take place against the Background of a serious religious crisis between the Ukraine and Russia: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church had previously announced, the separation from Moscow. The Ecumenical Patriarchate had agreed to the spin-off in October in spite of the opposition of Russia officially.

The Russian Orthodox Church was then a break with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and thus between the two Orthodox churches – the one with the highest Status (Constantinople) and the largest (the Russian Orthodox).

In the story, there were already two large divisions: 1054, when the Pope proclaimed the break with Constantinople, and all the other ancient Patriarchates. At the end of the Christian Church split into the Western (Catholic) and Eastern (Orthodox) branch. In 1517, Western Christianity split into Catholics and Protestants.

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