Ministry of Culture Has No Intention of Warning Other Churches of Illegal Worship

15 January 2014, 16:13 | Church-state relations | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Мошкола.jpgThe Ministry of Culture does not intend to warn any churches other than the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) of illegal religious activity, director of the Ministry of Culture’s Department of Religious Affairs Mykhailo Moshkola said at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, RBC-Ukraine reports.

Moshkola reiterated that the UGCC had no right to hold prayer services on the Maidan in Kyiv, because it does not have permission from the Kyiv City State Administration (KSCA).

As for the other churches, according to Moshkola, today there is no reason to send them “similar letters.”

In early January the Ministry of Culture appealed to the of head of the UGCC with a request to ensure compliance with the law on the conduct of public prayer services and indicated that priests must have permission to carry out religious activities in places such as Independence Square in Kyiv.

In turn, the head of the UGCC Sviatoslav Shevchuk said that it was the first time during Ukraine’s independence that there was an official threat to terminate the activity of the religious organizations of the UGCC, and assured that the church is not a part of the political processes.

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    • Frank Sysyn | 7 February 2016, 23:27

      This is an excellent analysis of the circumstances surrounding the meeting. The meeting goes a long way to explain Pope Francis's unfortunate statements on the nature of the war in Ukraine. One does

    • Viktor Sinenko | 6 February 2016, 20:33

      Плохо жить на свете октябренку Пете : бьет его по роже пионер Сережа. Валили бы с Украины, не имели б синяков.

    • Олександр Литвинок | 6 February 2016, 03:54

      Дякуємо Владико! Вже немає сил дивитися на загноблення Українського народу. УКРАЇНА стала на дорогу бути вільною. Хочемо бути чесними вільними патріотами, любити рідну землю. Дуже прикро (може так

    • Михаил | 5 February 2016, 19:54

      Владыка Святослав, несмотря на свою молодость, очень мудрый пастырь. Если уж он пошёл на такие резкие заявления, значит, действительно, что-то у нас идёт не так. Власть обязана слушать мудрых людей.

    • Михаил | 4 February 2016, 23:56

      Если Владыка Онуфрий и обращался к педофилу Путину, то это вполне христианский поступок. Истинный христианин должен до последнего момента пытаться образумить и обратить заблудшего грешника, даже

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