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Church Independence of Secular Authority

In 1936, in his pastoral letter "On the Church," Metropolitan Sheptytsky emphasized on the Church's independence from secular authority "in judging all ecclesiastical affairs," as well as the financial and property independence of the Church.

The Metropolitan believed that "in a certain way, secular authority comes from God, therefore the Church recognizes the State and its rights." In his opinion, the Church makes a concession to the state since "it recognizes state power even when this power is in the hands of sinners." However, the state authority has no right to speak on "the matters of religion, faith and morals."