Russian Church accuses Uniates of enticing violence against Orthodox Christians in Ukraine

Moscow, October 3, 2014

The Moscow Patriarchate has again expressed its concerns about the support provided to Ukrainian radicals by Greek Catholics (Uniates).

"When blood was shed and the first people were killed in the streets of Kiev and other cities of Ukraine, bishops and priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called for the escalation of the violence. In a union with various schismatic and pseudo-church structures, they supported and inspires extreme nationalist groups," Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), secretary of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations on Inter-Christian Relations, said in an interview published in the Wednesday edition of the newspaper NG-Religii.

Hieromonk Stefan said representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church have often made aggressive statements about the Orthodox Church.

"As we know, many Orthodox priests and members of their families have been subjected to violence by nationalists inspires by Uniates and schismatics. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church did not stop that aggressive rhetoric even in those days when fragile ceasefire was established in eastern Ukraine," the priest said.

On September 10, the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church issued a statement "directly provoking further escalation of the conflict," he said.

The clergyman said such actions pose a threat to the future of Ukraine and the prospects of development of Orthodox-Catholic relations.

"This situation brings to mind the atmosphere of the 1990s, when a tragedy took place in Western Ukraine and in some countries of Eastern Europe when Uniates took advantage of the political changes and began taking over Orthodox churches and persecuting and killing priests. In that period, the relations between the Orthodox ad Catholic Churches experienced a serious crisis and were on the verge of severance," he said.

Interfax-Religion

10/3/2014

Comments
Edward J. Peterson10/24/2015 10:52 pm
I must say that this is a scandalous situation with Christians fighting Christians. Heretics such as protestants and others look upon this type of conflict as an opportunity to "evangelize" which leads to the conversion of some people to protestants sects including Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Baptists and evangelical cults, resulting in the damnation of their souls. The conflict between churches with apostolic succession such as the Orthodox and Catholic Churches must be submitted to prayer without ceasing. Heroic efforts must be made by both parties to cease this animosity.

Edward J. Peterson, Jr., M.D., D.D., B.S., CAC
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