Schismatics' effort to seize an Orthodox church in Ukraine turns out into heated confrontation
- 2005.10.31 Interfax:
31 October 2005, 12:29
Schismatics' effort to seize an Orthodox church in Ukraine turns out into
Moscow, October 31, Interfax - Followers of the self-proclaimed Kievan
Patriarchate made another try to seize the Church of the Ascension in the
Ostrog fortress thus bringing about a heated religious conflict in the town
of Ostrog, Rovno region, Ukraine.
The state of emergency is introduced in the city, Alexei Dobychin, deputy
chairman of the Ukrainian Union of Orthodox Citizens reported Interfax by
According to him, several hundred representatives of Orthodox public
organizations have arrived to the scene of action today.
'The time, when the Orthodox retreated, has gone forever. We are not afraid
to come to Western Ukraine to defend our shrines. Those behind religious
and political terror should tremble as their time is over and they will be
punished. We shall return the churches to the canonical Church whether they
like it or not', Dobychin quotes Valery Kaurov, head of the Ukrainian Union
of Orthodox Citizens, as saying at the meeting.
The participants raised their voice against religious terror of the
Orthodox population, attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to establish
independent Ukrainian Church, and 'gross violations of church law'
committed by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
'Bishop Bartholomew of Phanar (Phanar is a small district in Istanbul where
the Patriarch of Constantinople resides - IF), who pretends to be an
ecumenical pope, has defamed himself forever by supporting schismatic
groups that capture Orthodox churches and beat women', Dobychin says.
Ukrainian Supreme Rada deputies announced at the meeting that a special
commission to investigate into all violations against Orthodox faithful
would be organized. On the results of its work they will ask Viktor
Yushchenko to discharge Vasily Chervony from the post of Rovno governor as
'a instigator of inter-confessional discord'.
According to Dobychin, 'critical religious situation is aggravated by using
tear gas when storming Orthodox churches and beating people with scrap iron
thus causing arm and leg fractures'.
Ex-candidate to Ukrainian presidency Viktor Yanukovich earlier demanded
that Yushchenko should defend believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in
Rovno region from the head of local administration.