Mukachevo, Ukraine, July 10, 2020
While sacred Church canons forbid Orthodox clergy from concelebrating with clergy of any other church or faith, representatives of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” and the Uniate Greek Catholic church and the Roman Catholic church have served together many times already since the creation of the OCU in December 2018.
Most recently, an OCU “bishop” and a Uniate “bishop” concelebrated in the consecration of a new military base in the village of Mukachevo on Tuesday, July 7.
The participants were the OCU hierarch of Uzhgorod and Transcarpathia Barsanuphy and the Uniate auxiliary bishop of Mukachevo Nil (Luschak), reports the Transcarpathian Diocese of the OCU.
According to the press service, the rite was celebrated at the invitation of the commander of the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade of Transcarpathia Colonel Oleg Goncharuk.
The event was also attended by other OCU and Uniate clergy.
Uniates and schismatics also recently co-served the funeral of a fallen soldier in Ternopil, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.
In March, the OCU and Uniates opened an interfaith church for military personnel in the Donetsk Province that has no clear religious affiliation. In May, schismatics, Uniates, and Roman Catholics planted a “unity tree” at a Catholic seminary.
The OCU has served with Catholics and other schismatics many times.