"They took almost everything that could be sold out of the seminary" - Bishop of the RCC on rushist looters in Vorzel
The message is posted on a Facebook page:
"It´s been two days since we returned to our seminary in Vorzel.
Its condition can make you sad, but I´m happy that everyone is still alive. The evacuation was necessary.
The seminary has always been hospitable, but it was not visited in peace this time. The looters opened the gate with a heavy knife to enter and not leave empty-handed.
They took out almost everything that could be sold. Starting from washing machines, computers, routers, kitchen equipment... to the rector's father's old running shoes. The latter is unlikely to be sold, but alas. This will not make it any easier for Ruslan and priests and seminarians who have lost a lot of personal belongings. Some liturgical items were also stolen, including a commemorative chalice from the Holy Mass, led by St. John Paul II in 2001 on "Chaika" and monstrance.
Those barbarians damaged several cars, but they are still operational. Some rooms are damaged due to explosions, but we thank Almighty God for saving our Alma Mater from more destruction.
It takes time for life in the seminary to return. There is no water, light, or gas. The rector, the spiritual father, and the deacons have already returned to the cold houses. A group of well-meaning people arrived who agreed to share these spartan conditions and help revive the seminary as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your courage and sacrifice!" the note says.
On Palm Sunday, all money collections in the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church will be traditionally directed to the expenditures of the diocesan seminary. According to the bishop, the funds will be needed to renovate the premises and restore the operation of the seminary.