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Constantinople had imposed a tax on the newly created Orthodox Church in Ukraine (PCU). This was told by Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) Metropolitan Antonii of Boryspil and Brovary in an interview with NewsOne.
The priest says that the tax in respect of the ptsu was introduced after contact of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The Patriarch of Constantinople wanted to make sure the intentions of the new President to fulfill the promises of his predecessor Petro Poroshenko and transfer to Constantinople of the local Ukrainian churches. After Zelensky refused, Constantinople “put [the head of the DNC] Epiphanius’s account”.
In accordance with the requirements of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, every parish ptsu is obliged to pay the tithe Constantinople in size from 4 thousand to 20 thousand euros. According to Anthony, it was after this honored Patriarch Filaret DNC “raised the fur fly”, coming from the new Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox another split.
The presence of contacts Zelensky Bartholomew and his refusal to perform these obligations Poroshenko previously has reported, citing sources. After that, the tone of communication of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the new Ukrainian Church has changed. In an email to the head of the DNC Epiphany Bartholomew indicated that the Church will have to transfer the Ecumenical Patriarchate “tithing.” It was about 7.1 thousand communities, which in total had to pay monthly to Constantinople in about $ 28 million.
Ptsu was established on 15 December 2018 to the unification Council, convened at the initiative of Patriarch Bartholomew and the then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The composition included mainly representatives of the UOC-KP and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Ecumenical Patriarch has removed the anathema with their heads in October 2018, after which the Russian Orthodox Church severed Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.
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