Head of Uniate Church fears that closer relations with EU will have a negative impact on Ukraine's spiritual state

Lviv, September 20, 2013

Archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk Archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk
Since the Ukraine is considering the possibility of closer relations with the European Union, the head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church Major Archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk expressed his apprehension that this was fraught with such dangers as the introduction of European atheism and same-sex "marriages" into the Ukraine, reported Sedmitza.ru, citing CWN agency.

"Coordinating the Ukrainian legislation with the European, we will quickly adopt the "diseases" of the Western society,” said Archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk. “In the European legislation I do not see any mention of the Christian roots of the culture. We are mistaken if we think that in order to achieve the European prosperity, we should give in to these diseases."

"Among the requirements of the European Economic Community are pseudo-values. The EU is like a teenager who is testing ethical limits and is in need of a Christian education. Europe was built not upon same-sex ‘marriages’ but upon respect for human dignity, on the protection of human rights and freedoms, on honesty in politics and business. Europe came into being on precisely these fundamental things, but it has forgotten about it," said Svyatoslav Shevchuk.

"These are the very values that the Church is defending in our society today. When it comes to the protection of life from its natural beginning and till its natural end, there is reason for objecting to euthanasia, to abortions, and other actions which violate the dignity of life," concluded the Uniate Archbishop.


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