UOC-MP files complaint with OSCE on persecutions of believers in Kotyuzhyny

6 September 2017, 14:44 | Protests and conflicts | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

A meeting of representatives of the religious community of the UOC-MP in the village of Kotyuzhyny in Ternopil region led by their pastor with the representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, took place on September 5 on the premises of the village council of Velyky Viknyny, Zbarazhsky district.

During the meeting, the issue of resolving the conflict that arose in the village around the church of the Protomartyr Stephen was discussed. According to Archpriest Oleksandr Kantytsky, who is the pastor of the religious community of the UOC-MP in Kotyuzhyny, “persecution of the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches” is ongoing in the village.

According to the Information and Education Department of the UOC-MP, a meeting with representatives of the OSCE mission took place at the initiative of international observers, who “declare their desire to contribute to the restoration of peaceful interfaith relations in the rural localities”. Representatives of the mission also met with the UOC-KP community. The next meeting will be held in October - also separately with each community, and after this it is planned to hold a joint meeting of the two communities.

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The first meeting in Kotyuzhyny on the transition of the UOC-MP community of Protomartyr Stephen to the Kyiv Patriarchate took place on February 12, and by the end of the month the community filed documents on re-registration of the charter. As they say in the UOC-KP community, out of 350 local residents, about 15 remained in the UOC-MP. Among them about 40 have children. In addition to the community, most members of the church committee have changed their jurisdiction, except for a priest.

Ternopil Diocese of the UOC (MP) recognized that in Kotyuzhyny most people expressed support for the UOC-KP. But treated negatively the developments.

The UOC-MP community for some time served in a church building near the temple in which a priest and a family are registered. But the priest lives in the village of Hnizdychne. The UOC-KP community appealed to the priest to withdraw his registration, but he refused. On this occasion, the community turned to the prosecutor's office and the police.

On July 27, representatives of the UOC-KP entered the church building. As a result of negotiations, in order to avoid further conflicts, the religious community of the UOC agreed to divide the house into two parts. The clergyman was allocated by the UOC-KP the room and the kitchen where he could sleep. A room for the worship service of the UOC community was also allocated.

On August 22, 2017, representatives of the UOC community claimed the robbery of the premises in which the community prayed. Now the worship of the UOC community is performed in the street.

At present, proceedings are ongoing in various courts regarding the ownership of the church in Kotyuzhyny.

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  • Стефан | 22 May 2018, 23:17

    Преступления для честных, а для жуликов, лжецов, грабителей и убийц - норма жизни ещё с 1917 года.

  • velovs@ukr.net | 21 May 2018, 11:50

    Для "чого це потрібно"? ---- Мабуть, як "приклад" і своєрідний "взірець" ("шлях"), як саме нині в Україні греко-католики й православні, мовляв, можуть

  • Ігор Зенькович | 21 May 2018, 11:00

    Легкий на помині Ісіченко. Але для чого це потрібно Блаженійшому Святославу?

  • velovs@ukr.net | 19 May 2018, 14:09

    А отут - цікаві й актуальні теологічні роздуми та практичні істини щодо того, що таке "київське християнство", що народилося під час св.-Володимирового хрещення Русі-України 988 р., та про

  • mischa | 17 May 2018, 09:40

    Україна не колонія росії,а незалежна держава і повинна мати свою незалежну церкву. Як можна бути залежним віб ворога,який веде війну з нами,відверто бреше,та окуповує наші землі. Якщо Ураїна буде

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