Kiev, December 17, 2018
A far right deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Parliament, has called for a hunt against priests of the canonical Ukrainian Church, claiming it would be “pleasing to God.”
The politician and former head of the terrorist organization Right Sector and current leader of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army Dmitro Yarosh wrote on his Facebook page: “Hunting Moscow priests, who faithfully serve Putin and Kirill, is a matter pleasing to God and our Motherland. Get Moscow priests out of Ukraine!”
The post has either been removed or its privacy settings have changed, but a screen shot of it is provided by the Ukrainian site Strana.ua, and it has been reported on by a number of Ukrainian and Russian outlets, including ZIK, Voennoe Obozrenie, Obrozrevatel, Rambler, RIA-Novosti, 360tv, Svobodnaya Pressa, and Ukraina.ru.
Yarosh tagged the General Prosecutor of Ukraine and the head of Parliament Andrei Paruby, along with several other Deputies, in his post.
Congratulating Ukrainian schismatics with the creation of their new church on Saturday, Yarosh explains that such a hunt against priests is a manifestation of the love of the Ukrainian people: “Trying to be a Christian and confessional-determined Greek Catholic, I understand that everyone has their own path to God. We Ukrainians are merciful and, consequently, we destroy the enemies of God and Ukraine—with love.”
This disturbing statement is reminiscent of that of Alexander Dedyukhin, a “priest” of the “Kiev Patriarchate,” who wrote on his Facebook page in February 2017 that the only way to “forgive” aggressors is to kill them: “Forgiveness comes in different forms. There is forgiveness through the scope of an automatic—that is how to forgive an aggressor, sending him 6 to 12 grams of love to one of his vital organs. This also frees us. The main thing is not to forget the simple truth: a dead enemy is no longer an enemy. A dead enemy is just a corpse. And we gain freedom by forgiving as much as we can.”
As for the canonical Ukrainian Church, Yarosh calls it a satanic non-church: “The so-called UOC-MP is a non-church. It’s an FSB residency that is an Iskander [mobile short-range ballistic missile system—OC] in the hands of the satanist Putin, as it was a weapon before in the hands of Stalin, Beria, Zhukov, and other atheists.”
Yarosh noticeably fails to mention the Ukrainian head of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev or any other of its Ukrainian leaders.
The Deputy also believes that “the hierarchy of the so-called UOC-MP that didn’t find the national courage, strength, and arguments to move to the Ukrainian Church are, therefore, not servants of God, but agents of the FSB and Putin, and that means enemies of Ukraine.”
Further, the terrorist leader-politician also explains that he sees a merger between the Ukrainian Catholic and new Ukrainian Orthodox nationalist churches in the future, which will be recognized by both Constantinople and the Vatican.
And speaking on Radio Sputnik, political analyst Alexander Asafov commented that this is far from being the view of Yarosh alone, as reports RIA-Novosti.
In the current situation, the Ukrainian radical nationalists cannot but increase the pressure on the priesthood of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is already exerted by the authorities. Yarosh’s statement is not only his personal position. It is an appeal to the several thousands of militants who passed through the events at the contact line [in Donbass—RIA-Novosti] and tasted blood there. He is actually calling on them to seize churches and to exert pressure on the Ukrainian priesthood, which did not want to join the new non-canonical Church structure. This shows that the line of pressure on the priests will increase, despite all the promises from Poroshenko to leave the priests and the flock alone. The goal is obvious—to try to force the priesthood into a new structure, to seize the temples and to re-subordinate them to a single ideological structure.”
Ukrainian nationalist-radicals of the infamous Right Sector group that Yarosh used to lead have been attacking and seizing parishes of the canonical Ukrainian Church for years. They vandalized a parish of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church in September and attacked the local priest and Orthodox faithful. One man received a concussion, and another a broken arm.
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