Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

UOC-MP Orthodox Faithful Protest State Interference

Expand Messages
  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;5915/ UOC-MP Orthodox Faithful Protest State Interference 01.07.2005, [00:05] // UOC-MP // Kyiv -- The faithful of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2, 2005
    • 0 Attachment
      http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;5915/

      UOC-MP Orthodox Faithful Protest State Interference

      01.07.2005, [00:05] // UOC-MP //

      Kyiv -- The faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate
      (UOC-MP) picketed the Ukrainian Parliament in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on
      29 June 2005, protesting Ukraine’s European integration and what they
      called “the attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to separate the Ukrainian
      Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate.”

      Among the slogans used by the protestors were “No to Autocephaly!” “No to
      Autonomy!” “No to Union!” “Our Patriarch – Alexis II!” [RISU note:
      Patriarch Alexis II is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.] In
      addition, the protestors spoke against “the interference of the
      Patriarchate of Constantinople in the affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodox
      Church and called upon the clergy to remember the social conception of the
      church, according to which, in case state acts concern the conscience of
      the faithful, the church can refuse to trust the state and encourage
      peaceful protest.”

      The protesters also pointed out that the state is openly interfering in the
      church’s life with “its preposterous idea of creating a single national
      Ukrainian church.”

      “The division of these schismatic groups testifies to the fact that we are
      dealing with religious sects,” said Vladyslav Pustovoi, deputy head of the
      Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, apparently referring to the Ukrainian
      Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous
      Orthodox Church, recently facing a division problem.

      Finally, the picket participants protested the move of the administration
      of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from western Ukrainian Lviv to
      Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. “The so-called Ukrainian national church will
      belong to the Uniates and not be Orthodox, which is the reason why the
      Greek Catholics are building a church to ‘act against’ the Kyivan Monastery
      of the Caves,” said one of the protestors.

      Source:

      • http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=4551
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.