UOC DECR Deputy Head: Church-state relations are in transition

Spokesperson for the UOC, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich. Photo: YouTubeIn Ukraine, there is as yet no clear vision of a new religious policy, said Archpriest Nikolai.

In Ukraine, there is as yet no clear vision of a new religious policy, said Archpriest Nikolai.

Relations between the Church and the authorities of Ukraine are still in transition, said Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, UOC DECR Deputy Head, on the air of the “1Kozak” channel.

Although there is still no particular positive relationship between the Church and the state, the number of seizures of UOC temples has decreased, courts have started settling the conflicts, the cleric noted. However, the police still do not always take a neutral side.

"Now we are in such a transition period and it is very difficult to say something unequivocally. It seems to me that the state has not yet formed a clear vision of a new religious policy," archpriest Nikolai said.

The spokesperson for the UOC also explained that various forces are currently fighting for the formation of a new religious policy in Ukraine since in our country the religious factor has always played a prominent role.

“The new government should have a new religious policy, and it should not be shy about it,” Archpriest Nikolai believes.

In the same program, he explained that in the fight for the post of head of the State Service for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience, the candidacy of Elena Bohdan became a certain compromise.


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