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UOC (Moscow Patriarchate) Will Not Change Its Name After Constitutional Court’s Decision

UOC (Moscow Patriarchate) Will Not Change Its Name After Constitutional Court’s Decision

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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) will not change its name after the decision of the Constitutional Court.

This was reported by the informational and educational department of the UOC MP, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The head of the legal department of the UOC MP, Archpriest Oleksandr Bakhov, commented on the decision of the Constitutional Court, by which the court recognized the amendments to Article 12 of the Law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations", according to which religious organizations that have religious management centers in the Russian Federation must indicate this in their name, as constitutional.

"The Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized the law on renaming as constitutional. At the same time, it should be noted that the decision of the Constitutional Court does not oblige the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name, it only concerns the compliance of the law on renaming with the Constitution of Ukraine," the Archpriest noted.

He drew attention to the fact that there is no mention of the UOC MP in the law itself.

"The statutory documents show that the UOC is registered in accordance with Ukrainian legislation, its founder is the UOC Council, its religious center, like all governing bodies, are located in the city of Kyiv. Therefore, all attempts to forcefully apply this law to the UOC will increase the number of violations of the right to freedom of conscience and religion in Ukraine," he emphasized.

The representative of the UOC MP added that despite the decision of the Constitutional Court, there are currently no legal grounds for changing the name of religious organizations belonging to the UOC MP.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the Constitutional Court recognized the law according to which the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate must change its name and indicate its affiliation to Russia as conforming to the Constitution.



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