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autonomy and name[edit]

Please see the note at Talk:Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Thanks! -Irpen 20:22, Jun 11, 2005 (UTC)

The discussion below was copied from Talk:St_Volodymyr's_Cathedral#autonomy_and_name

Dear people, I don't think that "an Ukrainian Orthodox Church autonomous under the Patriarch of Moscow" is a very good name and have changed it to "an Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Patriarch of Moscow". If somebody doesn't like this change: always ready to discus it. Best regards. --N8Sl8er

Dear Irpen, I've looked on the website of the Church, thank you very much. As a matter of fact, I'm looking on this site right now. It's really an Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Patriarch of Moscow. Look for yourself on Best regards. --N8Sl8er

Thank you very much again. But it does not change the fact that the Church is NOT "autonomous under the Patriarch of Moscow", but just "under Patriarch of Moscow". If it not so, you can than very easy find another example of such a name. If you don't, well... Best reagrds.--N8Sl8er

I think there is some confusion here. There are two issues:

  1. the name of the church
  2. whether it has been formaly granted an autonomy by the mother church (ROC)

On (1) the answer is clear. The name is just UOC. Now, it is sometimes called UOC-MP and the reasons for that are well-known but the church never self-applies this wording to its name and always calls itself just the UOC. Yes, it openly admits that it operates under the Moscow Patriarch's see.

On (2), OTOH, the answer is that the church does have a formal autonomy since 1990. One can argue that it is just a figurehead autonomy and the church is just a front for the Russian KGB and other similary flattering issues. In reality, the issue is complex and I am sure that the church is less self-governing than the Japanese Orthodox Church that is also autonomous under the MP. However, there is a canonical autonomy and it is wort a mention. --Irpen 21:49, 4 November 2005 (UTC)

Dear Irpen, you are now confusing the name of the church with something else, like you own interpretation of something. This church doesn't have a name like "the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, autonomous under the Patriarch of Moscow". Try to translate this name back to the original language, it's just not right. Anyway, this is Wikipedia, it's NOT a private property, it's a public domain, everybody has a right to correct a factual error (improve an article). Let me just correct it. I like you, I like everybody here, but I just like the truth better.

Regards, --N8Sl8er

Could you just be more clear on what your point is. Mine is that:
  1. The name of the church is UOC.
  2. It is also sometimes, but not always, called UOC-MP. The church rejects that it is its name, while admits that it ecclesiastically under the Patriarch of Moscow
  3. The church has a formal autonomy, and autonomy in Eastern Orthodox Church organization is a specific term, which denotes a degree of selg-governing one step short of full autocephaly, which is a complete independence (please take a look at those links).

Please be more specific, what's your objections. --Irpen 02:47, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

Oh, it's just a common rule: don't make the information in "color". Stick to the facts. The fact is: the church listen to one name and you are trying to make up you own name for the same church. Maybe you like "yours" name better, but I don't. I like the facts. The church's name is Українська Православна Церква/ Ukrainian Orthodox Church, I think than I can live with this. But here it comes: In Ukraine exists another Ukrainian Orthodox Church. And another yet. We have to separate them somehow. I think Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchat (they are already named this way on Wiki, anyway), Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchat (they also like to call themself just "Ukrainian Orthodox Church") and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church will do the trick. Why are you not happy? It's already very difficult to understand, believe me. Regards, --N8Sl8er 03:40, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

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UOC vs UOC (MP)[edit]

I wanted to remind that Wikipedia is a secondary source and reflects what sources and academic literature say about this particular church per WP:V. [1][2] As such, what that church calls itself and what name it is registered uder is but secondary to credible academic sources. The article is correctly titled Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and so it should be reflected in the intro. It also explains that the Church prefers to be called Ukrainian Orthodox Church. I thought that was simple enough and not a cause for another revert war. --Hillock65 (talk) 14:24, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Hillock, please see WP:IDONTLIKEIT and stop creating an empty ground for a flame and edit war. You know better than that. Also when reminding of wikipedia policies, try to spell correctly so that noone will be lost in translation and avoid contradicting like: Wikipedia is a secondary source and is but secondary to credible academic sources.--Kuban Cossack (По-балакаем?) 12:22, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Well, it's not about what I like or dislike, it is about WP:V, and for you particularly WP:EW. Please have a very good look at the title of this article and read the academic sources I cited above. This church is known to the outside world as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) as evidenced by multiple printed sources in English. The opinion of the church itself is amply reflected in the appropriate section. Unfortunately it appears you are looking at this as another battle ground and even erased well sourced statements. Your sterile edit warring will not succeed and will not be tolerated, I have a feeling you know how this one's going to end. So, please follow the WP guidelines and stop edit warring. --Hillock65 (talk) 20:05, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Once again, the article clearly states this in its current form and via the title. For example the Pochayiv Lavra of the Assumption of the Theotokos is simply titled as Pochayiv lavra, yet the lead displays it in full, same way how the Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat is given in full on the article about Saint Basil's Cathedral. So why per WP:POINT must you ignore the official registar of Ukraine? As for battlegrounds, it seems by your edit contributions over the past month, that apart from interwiki additions your contribution to article space is all but absent, save the times you had to stalk on my edits and revert... --Kuban Cossack (По-балакаем?) 22:38, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
The version that you POVishly keep reverting to attempts to represent it as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church whereas in the English language academic literature this church is known as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). Even the source that you yourself labeled as justified source clearly states that the Moscow Patriarchate's autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church, by far the largest ... became known as UOC-MP. So why are you waging this revert war if the source that you yourself provided labels it as the UOC-MP? I haven't found a single English language source that calls this church just UOC, it is always UOC-MP, for example here or here or here or here. There is an abundance of sources to justify its true name UOC-MP, while you presented none whatsoever! Please stop revert warring and check the sources! --Hillock65 (talk) 00:44, 27 October 2008 (UTC)


the last edit of Hillock65 seems to be a good compromise. I think it's better to if Hillock65 & Kuban kazak do not change it before the reach a compromise on this talk page. Mariah-Yulia (talk) 01:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

According to official wikipedia infobox rules in a infobox The top text line should be bold and contain the full (official) name of the item. This does not need to match the article's Wikipedia title. Mabey we can put in there Ukrainian Orthodox Church and below there (with or without or) Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) as in the Kyiv infobox where technically Kiev shouldn't be in, but if rules are ignored there why not in this article too? Mariah-Yulia (talk) 02:01, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
The name in the lead is important as it attempts to represent this church as the only one Ukrainian Orthodox, whereas there are at least two churches contesting its name. Most importantly, that's what the multiple English language sources name this church. And per WP:V that's the way it should be called in Wikipedia. There is a compromise already present in the article - it states that the church prefers a different name and it is provided in bold. The whole section explains the controversy over the name. I understand some prefer this antisemitic and anti-ukrainian church to be the only Orthodox Church in Ukraine, but the credible sources cited above clearly and convincingly disagree. Compromise is only possible when it doesnt violate WP rules, WP:V in particular. I thought him spending so much time correcting Kyiv to Kiev he should know that it dosn't matter what one whants to be called, it is what the sources call it that matters. --Hillock65 (talk) 02:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Maybe Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)#Name should be placed early in the lead? Since it seems to be a more actual description of the name problem between the 2 churches then what the current lead says (the lead is a bit vague about that now).... Mariah-Yulia (talk) 02:56, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

It is already early in the lead, it is the second sentence. How much earlier can it be? It is explained right after the first sentence and even in bold. --Hillock65 (talk) 03:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

The Church is registered under the name "Ukrainian Orthodox Church" in the State Committee of Ukraine in Religious Affairs. is not in the lead I got the idea that is Kubans main problem but well see what he says..... Mariah-Yulia (talk) 04:06, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Well I have reworked the article, and I can say that Hillock's call of this church as anti-semitic and anti-Ukrainian has just stripped him of his neutrality view. What can I say, the sources Hillock provided actually use terms like UOC-MP rather than UOC(MP), which is different, since in the latter case the (MP) arises as the clarification. It also does not change the fact that this church unlike other schismatic organisations is recognised by the whole Eastern Orthodox communion as the only legitimate church in Ukraine. Thus the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as it is officially registered, and as it is officially called is the only Orthodox Church in Ukraine. --Kuban Cossack (По-балакаем?) 18:00, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
In one last attempt for a compromise, I changed only a couple of sentences in the lead to correspond with the title, mentioned about the church's insistence on being simply the UOC. I do hope this will stop the revert war. --Hillock65 (talk) 12:33, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Per Saint Basil's Cathedral first the official name, then the common name. Also please stop adding the dead link about the 7.2 million adherents. --Kuban Cossack (По-балакаем?) 15:45, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Again, eh?[edit]

I thought the edit war was finally over, when Kuban Cossack is starting again with distorting the lead to reflect his POV and removing statements about academic literature on the subject. My patience with this nonsense is wearing thin. It's been talked over ad nauseum and forever. Something needs to be done. --Hillock65 (talk) 14:36, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Let's see, the edit war, which you started for you is over when one accepts your version? Interesting compare how you "revamp" and how this edit is compared to the original. Now your patience is wearing thin, well I can only point you to this which I hope will one day cure you of your bad habits...--Kuban Cossack (По-балакаем?) 16:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
I see that you just rejected my recent compromise and started another round of edit war. Very unwise. You'll see. --Hillock65 (talk) 15:48, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Its you who rejected the compromise, and please don't WP:THREATen me, you know its pointless.--Kuban Cossack (По-балакаем?) 16:14, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

According to the most recent independent survey of the Ukrainian population, one conducted in June and July of 2007 by the Ukrainian Sociological Service, Ukrainians identified their own church affiliation as follows:

  • UOC-KP 32.4%
  • Non-religious 23.0%
  • UOC-MP 20.9%
  • Greek Catholic 10.3%
  • Believer, but no affiliation 9.7%
  • "Other" 1.8%
  • UAOC 0.8%
  • Roman Catholic 0.6%
  • Protestants 0.2%
  • Jewish 0.1%
  • Muslim 0.0% (less than 0.1%)

That is, in this survey 32.4% of the Ukrainian population, or roughly 14 million people, identify themselves as members of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarch (UOC-KP), while only 20.9%, or about 9 million, claim to be members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate, or UOC-MP).

The CIA World Factbook provides the following figures for religious affiliation in Ukraine:

  • "Ukrainian Orthodox - Kyiv Patriarchate 50.4%,
  • Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate 26.1%,
  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic 8%,
  • Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 7.2%,
  • Roman Catholic 2.2%,
  • Protestant 2.2%,
  • Jewish 0.6%,
  • other 3.2% (2006 est.)"

While there have been fluctuations over the years, I am personally not aware of a single, independent survey of the Ukrainian population subsequent to 1997 which would indicate that the UOC-MP is larger than the UOC-KP. For example, in analyzing an earlier set of surveys, historian Andrew Wilson writes, in "The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation" (Yale University Press, 2002: pp 236-237):

"...According to the largest and most comprehensive poll undertaken in 1997,

  • 65.7% of the sample considered themselves believers, and of these
  • 62.5% expressed an allegiance to particular Church. Of the latter,
  • 12.3% declared themselves supporters of the UOC-MP and a further
  • 11.6% claimed to belong to the Russian Orthodox Church, although technically it no longer

exists in Ukraine (its supporters can basically be grouped with those of the Moscow Patriarchate). An impressive

  • 43% named the UOC-KP, and only
  • 4% the Autocephalous Orthodox. Greek Catholics accounted for
  • 14.3%, concentrated overwhelmingly in the western

regions of Galicia and Transcarpathia."

According to Dr. Wilson's footnotes, the above figures are from a 1997 Socis-Gallup poll. Dr. Wilson adds, on page 361:

"According to another Sosis-Gallup poll in February 1998, 41% claimed no religion, 20.4% backed the UOC-KP, 7.5% the UOC-MP, 1.8% the UAOC and 6.3% the Greek Catholics..."

The fact that, despite the availability of objective data such as the above, the Moscow Patriarchate continues to claim to represent almost 70% of the Ukrainian population, would suggest that the claims provided by Moscow are extremely doubtful.

Bandurist (talk) 16:47, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Bandurist please provide references for all the polls you cited above. In most polls on religious affiliation in Ukraine, most people simply said they are Orthodox Christians and did not clearly identified themselves with either UOC-KP and UOC-MP. However, it is a common knowledge of any practicing Orthodox Christian in Ukraine what UOC-KP is simply not a factor outside of Western Ukraine and Kiev. At least 70 % of Ukrainian population lives outside of Kiev and Western Ukraine and it is hard to find a UOC-KP church there. Religious adherence polls based on CIA factbook or Razumkov Centre are misleading. The biggest problem is the religious split between two largest Ukrainian Orthodox Churches - Ukrainian Orthodox Curch-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) and Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP). Majority of Ukrainians are not able to identify themselves with a particular church organization (62.5 % according to 2006 Razumkov Center poll [[ "What religious group do you belong to?". Sociology poll by Razumkov Centre) Majority of this 62.5 % of Ukrainians were baptized in UOC-MP churches and attend church services (even if only during Easter mess) in UOC-MP churches. This is simply because great majority of Ukrainian Orthodox churches and clergy belong to UOC-MP (approximately 68 % of all Orthodox Christian communities in the country. The trick that allows UOC-KP to make claim to be the largest church in Ukraine is that the majority of their adherents clearly indicate they belong to UOC-KP (which is generally more nationalist and politicized), while most people who were baptized by UOC-MP and attend UOC-MP church services simply state they are Orthodox Christians. UOC-MP also often portrays itself as the canonical Orthodox Christian church in Ukraine rather than the "Moscow church", downplaying its connections with Moscow Patriarchate (esp. in Central and Western Ukraine) and this also contributes to the confusion polls on church allegiance in Ukraine create. In addition, many of the UOC-MP churches and majority of people who identify with UOC-MP are in the more urbanized South and East Ukraine where church attendance is low compared to the rural Western Ukraine where UOC-KP is the strongest. If the pollsters would have used a different methodology that would explained the differences between the two churches and really press the Ukrainians to choose between the two more than 50 % of Ukrainians would identify with UOC-MP while only around 15 % with UOC-KP. The religious divide in Ukraine is not exactly the same as a linguistic, political, cultural and historical divide in Ukraine between Russian-speaking south-east(majority of Yanukovych voters in the second round of the recent presidential poll) and Ukrainian speaking north-west (mostly Tymoshenko voters), there is an Orthodox Christian majority in the North and Central Ukraine and a sizable Orthodox minority (including the UOC-MP laity) in the West, yet there is a relation to the overall split which divides Ukraine in two. Roughly 55 to 60 % of more or less religious Ukrainians identify with UOC-MP (or the canonical Orthodox Ukrainian church as many know it) while the rest are members of UOC-KP church, Greko-Catholic church, Roman Catholic church, various Protestant churches and so on.


I made a picture. ;) haha[edit]

L'viv Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate

We just had a walk with my friend through L'viv and it seems our picture was quite a success. :) Maybe you can use it somehow. ;) -- Nazar (talk) 13:59, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

The caption under this picture is incorrect. As the official site (Ukrainian) says, UOC(MP) in Lviv have at least three working churches. Danko109.201.228.168 (talk) 13:45, 31 July 2011 (UTC)


As far as I know, this Church uses only Russian and Church Slavonic. Who put Ukrainian?

Can anyone who is expert on this subject solve the issue? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:21, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

2011 schism[edit]

As all Ukrainians know, the MP church has broken apart in 2011 when Mythropolit Sabodan was critically ill. Without this information, the article is outdated and biased which I now going to note with my tags. Happy edits, Ukrained2012 (talk) 15:58, 12 June 2012 (UTC)