Archbishop of Zaporizhia and Melitopol Luka.
Metropolitan Zaporizhia and Melitopol Luka called to pray for understanding and the multiplication of love at people’s deputies to vote for anti-law.
The adoption of the law No. 4128 on amendments to the law “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations” legitimize Church raiding and will allow you to capture and take away the churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Wrote about this in his address to the congregation of the Zaporozhye diocese, his Eminence Luka, Archbishop of Zaporizhzhya and Melitopol.
“In these bright and Holy holidays, the mercy of God, testing our faith, gives us the opportunity to prove their loyalty and love for Him! – said in a statement published on the website of the diocese of Zaporizhzhya. – <….> Today we became witnesses of how modern followers of Herod, and Judas, with the assistance of subordinate Golems, from verbal stream of profanity and insults against our Mother Church moved into action, unleashing repression against Its flock. So, with amazing speed and an incredible amount of violations, was adopted by the unconstitutional law, according to which the persons mentioned above try to take the name of our Mother Church, and us to drive into a “religious ghetto”, promortional us, the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as second-class people”.
According to the Metropolitan, “the beast that once have tasted blood will seek it again and again” and unscrupulous politicians decided to go ahead and make another anti-Catholic law that not only violates the canons of the Church, but the Constitution of Ukraine.
“By adopting this law, they legalize the Church raiding, will allow you to capture and take away our churches, in which you invest not only material resources, but also a part of their souls”, – said his Eminence Bow.
The Archbishop reminded that the Orthodox Church is in the hands of Its Creator and is the Head – our Lord Jesus Christ and urged the faithful to common prayer.
“God gave us the most powerful weapon – prayer! Jump to it with a clear conscience and loving heart! Therefore, I urge all of you, clergy and laity, to gather on January 17 at 10:00 in the main churches of the deaneries and to serve a public prayer for the multiplication of love in people’s choices, so that the Lord repented, and they did not succumb to the deception of the enemy of the human race and not voted for ungodly law. At the same time begging you not to forget the Covenant of the Apostle Paul: “if possible, on your part, live at peace with all men” (ROM. 12:18)”, – addressed the clergy and faithful of the diocese of the Metropolitan of the Bow.
As reported by the SPM, the Verkhovna Rada will consider on January 17 anti-clerical bill No. 4128 “On amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations” (regarding the changes in religious communities of subordination).”
Bill No. 4128 amending the provisions that regulate the persons belonging to a religious community is the notion of “identity” and also specified the procedure for changing the subordination of the community. According to experts, this initiative aims to legitimize Church raiding.
Earlier, the former head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko urged Parliament to accept the anti-Catholic bill No. 4128.