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UAOC Bishop Condemns United Fatherland and Union of Orthodox Citizens

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.brama.com/news/press/2008/01/080114bishoppaulpeterjesep_anti-semitism.html BRAMA, January 14, 2008, 9:00 am ET Press release UAOC Bishop Condemns
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      BRAMA, January 14, 2008, 9:00 am ET
      Press release

      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."
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