Metropolitan Onoferia. Photo: Wikipedia.
The president of Ukraine demanded that the leaders of the church come to him at the reception.
Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called on the UOC's leadership to turn to him at the reception of the Ukrainian house. He talked about it with the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and throughout Ukraine. Poroshenko and the Metropolitan communicated by telephone, on November 9, reports Vesti, citing sources in the Presidential Administration.
The source added that the reason for the transfer was of a protocol nature. The Ukrainian house is a secular institution, which is under the jurisdiction of the State Administration of Affairs ("DUSYA"). This means that they really are involved in the presidential administration. At the same time, in the territory of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the UOC Cathedral and the residence of the Metropolitan of Kiev and the whole of Ukraine are located. The president did not want the meeting in Lavra to be accepted to support the UOC. These events take place in the context of the crisis in the process of the creation of the United Orthodox United Church and the Patriarchate in Kiev.
Poroshenko and Onúprio spoke for a long time, each one insisted for himself. He decided that the president would meet with the Primate of the UOC and the hierarchists of the diocese of Kiev on November 13 at 2:00 p.m., one hour after the clergy meeting.
The publication added that, according to unofficial information, the Metropolitan of Vinnitsa and Barsky Simeon, who, according to the media, could become a candidate for the post of head of the EOC, would not reach the meeting with the president. He became ill and went to the hospital.
The source added that Poroshenko was afraid of information leaks about the next meeting, but at that time everyone was aware of their plans.
Remember, on November 3, Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation and collaboration. According to the president, this is the last stage in the provision of the Toms, according to the canons of the Orthodox Church. Now there is a fight for the position of head of the United Church. Whether Filaret will succumb to the throne of the country's main church for the Metropolitan of Vinnitsa Simeon, read the article "KP in Ukraine."