Defector bishop Shostatsky drops his suit against Ukrainian Church

Vinnitsa, Ukraine, April 1, 2019

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Simeon Shostatsky, the former Metropolitan of Vinnitsa and Bar, has dropped the suit he brought against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church in late December.

He filed an application to the Vinnitsa court on March 29 to dismiss his claim against the Kiev Metropolis and Vinnitsa Diocese for “restoration of work,” reports the Legal Department of the UOC.

Despite voluntarily choosing to leave the UOC and join the schismatic church, on December 28, Shostatsky appealed to the Vinnitsa city court of the Vinnitsa Province with a statement of action demanding he be restored to his position as the ruling hierarch of the Vinnitsa Diocese of the UOC.

He explained at that time that he had appealed to the court because he could not have his “human qualities, such as decency and honor” being questioned.

The court granted Shostatsky’s application to drop the suit and the proceedings in the case have been closed.

The Legal Department’s report did not indicate why Shostatsky decided to drop his suit.

In late February, His Eminence Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye made a heartfelt plea to the former hierarch to return to the Father’s house in the Church as did the prodigal son.

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