OCU and VR head agree to jointly "improve" chaplaincy law

10 December 2021 19:52
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Photo: Wikipedia Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Photo: Wikipedia

The Uniates also joined in the discussion of the development of relations between the Church and state in the military sphere.

The head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk met with the head of the UGCC Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the department for external relations of the UGCC Oleksa Petriv, "archbishop" of the Nizhyn and Chernihiv of the OCU Eustratiy Zoria and the representative of the forum "Transformation of Ukraine" Mikhail Khariy on the chaplaincy, reports the press service of the Verkhovna Rada.

Ruslan Stefanchuk promised that the law on military chaplains would still be finalized.

“You know that I am not a supporter of laws being adopted for the sake of a tick. I adhere to the following principle: everything that is adopted by the Parliament must be properly implemented and serve for the good of the Ukrainian people. We have finally passed the Military Chaplaincy Service Act. However, the work does not end there. Further, we will improve the proposed concept, monitor the implementation of the law, and make the necessary amendments. After all, what we do is really important for people,” said Ruslan Stefanchuk.

In turn, representatives of the UGCC and OCU assured Stefanchuk of their determination for various types of cooperation.

Earlier, the Legal Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said that the new law on military chaplaincy does not contain restrictions on the activities of the UOC, but “curveballs” are possible.

The UOJ reported how the Uniates and schismatics pursue their expansion in the Ukrainian army.

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