Several schismatics repented of church seizure in Rivne

Rivne, Ukraine, February 5, 2021

A scene from a church seizure. Photo: A scene from a church seizure. Photo:     

Several schismatics who were involved in the violent seizure of a church in the Rivne Province in Ukraine repented of their actions against the Church after seeing the faithful of the canonical Ukrainian Church peacefully build a new church for themselves.

His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, the Chancellor of the Ukrainian Church, recounted the moving story on a recent episode of Morning with Inter, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.

As the Metropolitan recalled, several of those who were involved in wresting a parish church away from the canonical faithful in Rivne then attended the consecration of the UOC’s new church a year later. “And they were crying because of what they had done. They told me: ‘Forgive us, we didn’t understand what we were doing at the time,’” Met. Anthony said.

Several priests have also repented of the sin of schism and have returned to the canonical Church.

Another hierarch of the canonical UOC, His Eminence Metropolitan Clement of Irpin, the head of the UOC’s Information-Education Department, also recently spoke of church seizures, emphasizing that if the schismatics would build their own churches instead of stealing them from the UOC, there would be no conflicts.

Recall that “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” has predicted a second wave of church seizures, which he calls “transitions.” Meanwhile, the UOC is prayerfully preparing for such pressure and persecution to increase in the months leading up to Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to Ukraine in the summer.

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Anon_guy2/7/2021 2:06 am
As an American, these kind of partisan articles I find uninteresting at best, and sowing seeds of division at worst. This is an English-langauge mirror of PravoSlavie, and while I'm sure the relatively small number Russian or Eastern European immigrants to the West find this sort of stuff interesting, or get riled-up over it, I'm not sure what interest those in the Anglo-sphere would find in it. Call me an ecumenist, but in this time and place, putting stuff out there that fans the flames of the sorts of un-constructive online debates that you see on social media doesn't seem to be a good strategy for 2021 and onwards. E.G., I'm reading up on Christianity and Christian philosophy at the moment, and considering being baptized and confirmed, but from a pragmatic POV, I'd choose a conservative Protestant or Reformed church that's solid on the real-world issues at hand (I.E., being against corona-virus "great reset" atheist-secular globalist new world order) over an Orthodox or Catholic church that has good theory, but isn't pragmatic to the real-world issues we're facing.
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