The capture of the temple of the UOC in Onyshkivtsi: locks cut off in the presence of police


Ignoring the decision of the religious community of the UOC, supporters of the new Church announced that a temple goes to PCU and serve here will be their “priest”.

After the illegal voting of the territorial community of the village on the transition at the DNC, supporters of the new Ukrainian Church seized the Church of the Dormition in Onyshkivtsi.

9 February 2019 in the village of Onyshkivtsi Shumsky district, Ternopil region supporters of the DNC cut the locks on the doors of the temple in honor of the assumption of the blessed virgin. The basis for the capture of the temple of the UOC was the vote of the territorial community of the village held on January 13 with the support of the Shumsky district administration. Reported Information-enlightenment Department of the UOC.

According to Shumsky Dean of the deanery of the Ternopil diocese of the UOC priest Mikhail Kostyuk, locks cut in the presence of representatives of the national police.

“It all happened so fast, the parishioners and the priest did not even have time to come, – said the priest. – I immediately called the chief of police, but he said that “we have no right to interfere, they have documents, we only observe that it was not a fight, all questions to the RGA”. Us no information and documents are not provided”.

Father Michael noted that on January 13 at the meeting of the territorial community of the village Onyshkivtsi neither he, as Dean of the district or the Abbot of the temple, which is already 18 years old carries this obedience, nor by the laity was not allowed to Express their position. The propagandists for the DNC tried as quickly as possible to carry out the illegal transfer of the religious community of the UOC, shouting propaganda slogans and denigrating the canonical Church.

A few days later, members of the religious community held a parish meeting where we decided to stay in the bosom of the canonical Church, testified their loyalty to the UOC and its Primate, his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry.

It is noted that throughout the time that has passed since the illegal voting of the territorial community of the village at the Holy Dormition Church committed worship and the congregation was free to pray. Today, however, ignoring the decision of the religious community of the UOC, supporters of the new Church announced that a temple goes in their structure and serve here is the “priest” of the DNC.

Monday, February 11, priests and faithful of Shumsky district in Ternopil region held a procession to Shumsky RGA, to offer prayers of peace and to encourage local authorities to stop the illegal seizure of the temples of the canonical Church.

Earlier, the activists of the DNC cut off the locks and took over the temple of the UOC in the village of Radomyshl ‘ of Volyn region. The process of removing the locks from the doors of the Holy Dormition Church was led by the head of the village Council.

Edition SPM reminds: in case of violation of the rights of the episcopate, clergy, laity and institutions of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (obstruction of the worship services held, the seizure of churches, Commission of provocations and pressure, threats, etc.) should immediately contact the Legal Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church phone: 097-537-55-96.

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