UOC-KP reports official registration of its vicariate in the United States
After the official registration of its vicariate in the United States, the liquidated UOC-KP intends to restore state registration in Ukraine.
The Government of the United States of America has officially registered the constituent documents of the UOC-KP vicariate in the United States and Canada. The corresponding notice was received by the secretary of the vicariate, "archpriest" Bogdan Zgoba on May 5, 2021, the UOC-KP Facebook page reported on Tuesday, May 11.
"This event shows that the Vicariate continues to move forward confidently and legally to fulfill its mission, acting under the omophorion of His Holiness Patriarch Filaret of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine and with the legal permission of US and federal government agencies," the liquidated religious organization said.
Now that the UOC-KP vicariate is officially operating in the United States and Canada, "the Ukrainian Diaspora will seek from the Ukrainian government the renewal of the UOC-KP's rights and the resumption of state registration in Ukraine," Filaret said.
In turn, Filaret "invokes God's blessing" on the US government, to which he is sincerely grateful "for helping to restore justice," according to the patriarch's FB page.
Earlier, the UOJ wrote that the OCU is fighting the UOC-KP for parishes in the United States. In February 2021, Viktor Polarny, who was removed from the post of secretary of the UOC-KP vicariate in the United States and Canada, announced its subordination to Dumenko, but the new secretary, Bohdan Zgoba, reminded that the OCU has no rights to foreign parishes and called on the Ukrainian Diaspora “to spurn any destructive influences from outside our state". The OCU declared Zgoba subject to "church condemnation”.