Appeal from Patriarch Filaret to Yanukovych and Protesters: Society on Verge of Civil War

21 January 2014, 11:41 | National religious question | view video | 2 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Філарет_top.jpgPatriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patrairchate (UOC-KP) January 21, 2014, published a statement on the current situation in Ukraine entitled “Remember Your Personal Responsibility.”

The UOC-KP patriarch called the current crisis the worst in the time since Ukraine gained its independence in 1991.

“In two months Ukraine is not close to overcoming the crisis, but on the contrary the conflict has only exacerbated. The first reason for this is the lack of a genuine dialogue between the sides of the conflict and the lack of concrete steps for the peaceful resolution of problems that have arisen. Instead of a dialogue, violence is escalating... More people are starting to think that methods of peaceful, non-violent resistance are ineffective ... Society is on the verge of civil war. Therefore, the church urges the president as head of state and the opposition to initiate direct, and most importantly fruitful, negotiations to get out of the crisis,” reads the statement by the head of the UOC-KP.

Patriarch Filaret appeals to:

The protesters and armed government representatives, as well as those who give them orders: “Each of you will be responsible before God for your words and actions, for bloodshed and injury. No one can escape from this responsibility, no one will be freed!”

Viktor Yanukovych: by law and the position that you occupy you have the most power and authority in the country, so the measure of your accountability is the highest. I urge you to choose a blessed peacekeeping path, not the path of force!

To all believers: Pray for Ukraine, for the reconciliation of the warring sides, for overcoming strife.

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  • Maximuk Viktor | 23 January 2014, 20:03
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    Скажите, а когда пришел ХРИСТОС в мир, ОН почему-то не возмущался рабовладельческим строем, так как любая власть от БОГА. Все революции в мире всегда были безбожные, поэтому прежде чем поддерживать ЕВРОМАЙДАН,нужно это знать.

    • m.melnyk | 26 January 2014, 18:00
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      "...так как любая власть от БОГА". Шановний Вікторе! Кожна влада від Бога!!! Та не кожна з Його одобрення і благословення!!! Є влади від напасті (безбожні), які не визнають Творця. То чому Він має (мусить) їх одобрювати, схвалювати, підтримувати і благословляти??? Сьогодні князь світу є диявол. Сатаністи, комуністи, фашисти і т.д. і т.п. є служителями диявола. Тож не приписуйте всім, що Творець благовловляє їхню владу.

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  • Paul S. Ewasko | 28 August 2014, 15:19

    Why oh why is the Russian Orthodox Church spreading such misinformation? Calling itself the Holy Russian Orthodox Church is laughable. Members of its heirarchy including its patriarch are

  • ivanna | 27 August 2014, 17:45

    Явно, что этот пастор в церкви не ради Иисуса, а ради хлеба куса. Видимо регулярная стрижка овец, оказалось дороже Бога, раз сбежав в Россию, он считает, что если не получится построить карьеру

  • Михаил | 24 August 2014, 20:05

    Я думаю Константинопольский и Московский Патриархаты уж как-нибудь разберутся между собой и решат все проблемы. А помощь и советы от какой-то там псевдоцеркви под названием "УПЦ КП" им не

  • Father Deacon Joseph | 23 August 2014, 17:44

    I was very impressed with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church's response to the The Russian Orthodox Patriarch's misinformation letter that was filled with distorted fact as best, and outright lies

  • Любов вселенська | 22 August 2014, 17:01

    Щоб ви не "патякали"все одно буде єдина православна Українська Церква!!! Всім зрозуміло?

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