UOC-MP said that the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State will lead to a new wave of "seizures" of their Churches

08 May, 11:51
Orthodox
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The UOC-MP is concerned about the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his meeting with the rector of the OCU, Metropolitan Epifaniy.

Bishop Viktor Kotsaba of the UOC-MP wrote about this in his Telegram channel.

"Such a frank interest of the head of the U.S. State Department in promoting the interests of the OCU cannot but cause concern. After all, some of our officials may perceive Anthony Blinken's words about "removing obstacles" as a command to act, which will lead to a new wave of seizures of UOC churches, and therefore to civil tension and religious confrontation. We can only hope that this will not happen after all," he writes.

He also did not miss the opportunity to claim about "harassment and oppression" against his Church:

"We must state today that in recent years in Ukraine, both the Constitution itself and the norms of domestic legislation and international law have been repeatedly violated. There are more than enough cases when the UOC was harassed and harassed by certain political forces when the same principles of freedom of conscience were violated. The seizure of churches, physical violence, selective treatment of representatives of the UOC, as well as aggressive rhetoric and banal disregard for the needs of believers (for example, preventing UOC chaplains from joining the armed forces of Ukraine) - all this, unfortunately, has become our sad present."

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