BRAMA, January 14, 2008, 9:00 am ET
UAOC Bishop Condemns United Fatherland and Union of Orthodox Citizens
Bishop Paul Peter Jesep of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox
Church (UAOC), appointed by His Beatitude Metropolitan Myfodii of
Kyiv and All Ukraine to serve as spokesperson in the United States,
issued a statement condemning the United Fatherland and the Union of
Orthodox Citizens of Ukraine for recently distributing anti-Semitic
pamphlets at Russian Orthodox churches in Odessa. The literature
advocated for pogroms that murder Jewish-Ukrainians.
"President Viktor Yushchenko," said Bishop Paul Peter, "must remain
vigilant in his efforts to stop the violence against fellow
countrymen. Not only must there be an immediate end to this
injustice, but the President must implement a long-term program that
educates all citizens about the evils of anti-Semitism and every
other kind of hate. No Jewish sister and brother or anyone subject to
abuse must ever stand alone."
Bishop Paul Peter added, "The moral authority of all Orthodoxy must
be behind the President's efforts to end hatred, bigotry, and
discrimination. The outrageous actions of the United Fatherland and
the Union of Orthodox Citizens of Ukraine must be condemned by every
branch of the Orthodox Church. There is no excuse to remain silent in
the Ukrainian Motherland or in the Diaspora regarding this moral
outrage. Complacency is unacceptable."