Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Orthodox Church of Ukraine are now legal synonyms

Universal Patriarch Bartholomew signing the tomos of autocephaly of the Ortodox Church of Ukraine on January 5, 2019 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Universal Patriarch Bartholomew signing the tomos of autocephaly of the Ortodox Church of Ukraine on January 5, 2019 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) 

Culture, Ukraine

Yesterday, the Ukrainian justice ministry officially registered the religious organization, “the Kyiv Metropolitanate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (the Orthodox Church of Ukraine),” thus making it official that the two terms, Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Orthodox Church of Ukraine, are legally synonymous.

That new reality was underscored by a statement of Andriy Yurash, director of the department for religious and nationality affairs of the Ukrainian culture ministry who said that officials and Ukrainians will use the terms interchangeably, an arrangement that has been cleared with the Ecumenical Patriarch.

For that to be possible, the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate must use a new name, and the Ukrainian culture ministry says it will unilaterally take action to rename that church if it does not change its name on its own to show its links to Russia.

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