The OPPOSITION BLOC faction at the next session of the Odesa Regional Council appealed to the Government of Ukraine to prevent interference of the authorities in such an important issue as recognition of the Ukrainian autocephalous local church.
OPPOSITION BLOC at all levels is categorically opposed to the interference of state structures in the affairs of the church. Such decisions are nothing more than abuse of authority and interference in the internal affairs of the church.
The oppositionists noted that it is of fundamental importance that the provision of the church of autocephaly is carried out only at the request of the representatives of the church themselves, which they can express to the state authorities. In this case, the church did not ask or authorize officials to make such crucial changes.
Deputies added that the authorities, politicizing church issues, split both Ukrainian society and Ukrainian Orthodoxy. The question of the appearance of our own local church in Ukraine can be put only after a careful study of the opinions of all parishioners and church communities, without the participation of politicians.
According to the representatives of the opposition, today Ukrainian citizens observe direct interference of the authorities in the affairs of the clergy, which is absolutely unacceptable and does not correspond to the canonical right of the church, and also contradicts the Constitution of Ukraine and the generally accepted principles of humanism and tolerance.
The representatives of the OPPOSITION BLOC in their address were asked to take into account the opinion of Orthodox believers from all regions of Ukraine and not to use political PR in matters related to the church structure when making such decisions and their voice to the public.