Kiev, December 24, 2015
Representatives of the self-proclaimed “Kyiv Patriarchate” have a practice of leasing their churches for commercial purpose, reports Interfax-Religion.
Specifically, a part of the premises of the ancient Vydubytsky Monastery in Kiev are rented for yoga, while premises of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the city of Lutsk (North-Western Ukraine), which was seized by the “Kyiv Patriarchate” in as early as 1992, are used as clothing stores, coffee houses, and other facilities, reports the Golos Pravdy (“Voice of Truth”) news website.
In addition to this, the Church of the Life-Giving Spring in Kiev was recently leased for a secular event of the so-called International Order of St. Stanislaus, which, according to the above-mentioned website, is connected with freemasonry. The order donated 10,000 hryvni (a basic monetary unit of the Ukraine), or 435 USA dollars for this use.
The journalists phoned this church, pretending that they were organizing a cultural event for a deputy. “Rector” of the parish Valery Semantso gave the green light for letting out the hall. When the journalists asked if they could install a platform inside the church, he answered: “We have a Gospel stand on one leg, it may serve as a platform.”