Khalili: Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the eve of the coming presidential elections
The History of the Polish Orthodox Church to Repeat in Ukraine?
The autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church seems to be closer and closer, and for some, this will be a victory, a recognition of independence and a great advantage on the eve of the coming presidential elections. However, almost a century ago, in 1924, a similar situation took place in Poland, and it resulted in persecutions of the autocephaly-granted church and a greater division.
Why the Polish Orthodox Church wanted autocephaly
The history of the Orthodox Church in Poland begins in the 10th century when the first diocese was established in Slavic-populated areas in the east. As the Polish ruling elite was influenced by Catholics, for centuries Orthodoxy witnessed oppression and had to defend the indigenous faith by establishing new monasteries and brotherhoods. Following the divisions of Poland in the 18th century, the eastern regions acquired by the Russian…
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