The meeting between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church bishops and president Poroshenko, scheduled for November 13, did not take place. It was supposed to take place on Tuesday, November 13 at the Kyiv Monastery of the Caves. On Monday, the President asked to move the meeting to the Ukrainian House cultural center, which was refused by the bishops. They remain open to this meeting, provided that it takes place on an ecclesiastical territory.
The Assembly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Bishops issued the following statement:
“On the initiative of Ukrainian President P.A. Poroshenko, the meeting between him and the Episcopate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was planned on November 13, 2018 at the National Center for Commercial and Cultural Cooperation [Ukrainian House]. With the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and all Ukraine, the episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met on that day at the Lavra of the Kyiv Caves.
On the same day, there was a special session of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which decided to convene the Assembly of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. After discussing the situation of Church-State relations, and public statements by State leaders –statements that can be considered as being directed against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church–, after taking into account the feelings and opinions of the ecclesial people and of the clergy, and considering that issues related to the Church should be discussed on an ecclesiastical territory, the Assembly of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made the decision to meet the President on the territory of the Kyiv Caves Lavra, and not in the Ukrainian House.
This decision of the Assembly of Bishops was immediately communicated to the President. However, the President refused this meeting. In these circumstances, the Assembly of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church confirmed their willingness to meet with the Ukrainian President, but on ecclesiastical territory”.
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