PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER BILLS REGULATING NAMES OF CHURCHES AND PROCESS OF PARISH TRANSFERS TO ORTHODOX CHURCH OF UKRAINE
Religiia v Ukraine, 17 December 2018
Aleksei Goncharenko, a deputy of the fraction Solidarity Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, proposed to the Verkhovna Rada the consideration of two draft laws: concerning regulation of names of churches and the process of the transfer of parishes to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU). He announced this on 17 December at the coordinating council, Religiia v Ukraine reports with a reference to Hromadske.ua.
The first draft law proposes that a church name itself in accordance with its religious center, "wherever that may be."
"There is one Ukrainian Orthodox church, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine," Hromadske.ua quotes the deputy.
The second draft is intended to regulate the issue of the transfer of religious communities to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, particularly the process of the transfer of property, "so that we will not see any chaos."
Deputy Goncharenko called for the creation of a working group, which within one day will prepare the issue for consideration, in order to adopt this within the current week.
Rada Speaker Andrei Paruby noted that if the parliamentary committee confirms this issue on Wednesday, then on Thursday parliament will consider these draft laws.
In the Rada there already is a registered draft No. 5309, which proposes to require a religious organization to indicate in its full name the affiliation to an administrative center, the structure to which it belongs.
Earlier the press secretary of the UPTs of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archbishop Kliment, declared the impossibility of renaming the church as "Russian."
We recall that Aleksei Goncharenko is the son of the mayor of Odessa in the time of Viktor Yanukovich, Aleksei Kostusev. (tr. by PDS, posted 17 December 2018)
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