Brovary and Tatarbunary, Ukraine, January 30, 2019
Despite the ongoing persecution and propaganda against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church that is only increasing since December 15’s “unification council” and the January 6th granting of a tomos of autocephaly to Ukrainian schismatics, its clergy and dioceses are largely remaining faithful to it. A number of dioceses have already openly expressed their support for the Church’s canonical status as a self-governing autonomous body and for their primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and now the clergy of two regions have joined them.
The clergy of the Brovary Region outside Kiev held a clergy meeting yesterday, January 28, in the Church of the She Who is Quick to Hear Icon in Brovary, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Broavary, the chancellor of the canonical Ukrainian Church, reports the Diocese of Brovary.
At the meeting, the clergy discussed recent events in Church life and condemned the interference of state, political, and other forces in Church affairs.
The clergy also made a joint decision to support the decision of the Bishops’ Council of November 13 and to express their loyalty to the canonical Ukrainian Church—the Church of the Ukrainian people, and to supports its primate, Met. Onuphry.
On the same day, clergy and representatives of the parishes in the Tatarbunary Region in the Odessa Province gathered in the city of Tatarbunary where they also discussed recent events in Church life and political interference in Church affairs and the conflicts around the transition of some parishes into the schismatic structure created by Constantinople.
All present priests and parishioners, headed by the dean of the Tatarbunary District Archpriest Vitaly Gorzov expressed their unanimous support for Met. Onuphry and the desire to remain within the bosom of the canonical Ukrainian Church, the Odessa Diocese reports.
The same support for the canonical Church and Met. Onuphry has also been expressed by the Dioceses of Volyn, Dzhankoi, Mogilev-Podolsky, Uman, Ovruch, Berdyansk, Nikolaev, Nizhyn, Nova Kakhovka, Izium, Crimea, Chernigov and Novgorod-Siversk, Kirovograd, Zhytomyr, Lugansk, Mukachevo, Alexandria, Sumy, Romny, Konotop-Glukhov, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Voznesensk, Tulchin, Rivne, Kherson, Severodonetsk, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Krivoy Rog, Kamenka, Zaporozhye, Poltava, and Vinnitsa Diocese.
Of those, the Severodonetsk, Voznesensk, Tulchin, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Nizhyn, Kamenka, Konotop-Glukhov, Simferopol, Mogilev-Podolsky, and Tulchin Dioceses have reaffirmed their loyalty to the Ukrainian Church yet again following December 15’s scandalous “unification council.”
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