‘Completely insane’: Patriarch Kirill warns Kiev’s law demanding name change of Ukrainian Orthodox Church ‘risks blood’

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Kiev’s new law demanding that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church change its name to show affiliation with Moscow is “insane” and may ignite “bloody conflicts,” the primate of Russia’s Orthodoxy has warned. Ukraine’s parliament recently passed a controversial bill which basically demands that any religious entity tied to Moscow change its name to reflect this fact. Kiev now wants it to be called the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, requiring the church to make the change within four months. Commenting on the move, on Wednesday, Patriarch Kirill said the Ukrainian law was “completely insane in terms of modern law” and rules of secular state. In the West in particular, the government has nothing to do with what a church calls itself, he argued. “When the state invents a name for a religious entity, desiring to discriminate and destroy it, it breaks all rights and laws of a civilized society,” the Russian Patriarch said. The government’s “openly blatant interference in church affairs” is…

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