15 December 2018, according to the clergy of the diocese, immediately after the morning service, about 20 young people of a sports Constitution went to Vinnytsia Holy Transfiguration Cathedral of the UOC and took the guards keys from the Cathedral, the gate at the entrance to the territory, etc. reports, Information and enlightenment Department of the UOC.
The clergy of the diocese reported that at the moment, the Church displays the “new guard”, which are now the keys.
At the same time on the official website of the diocese of Vinnytsia there was a statement on the situation around the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral.
In a press-service of the diocese reported that the building of the Cathedral, transferred from the state to use the religious community “remain in the enjoyment of the community. At the same time, the construction of the Cathedral and the historical architectural complex “Mury”, in which they come and which is a monument of architecture of national value” is the property of the state of Ukraine and are under its protection”.
Right in Vinnytsia diocese does not explain what caused the unexpected and urgent change of guard of the main Cathedral of the diocese today, and write the following:
“Published on 14 December on the website of the Vinnytsia regional state administration a statement of the defense Council cautions citizens from any illegal actions on religious grounds, especially considering the fact that the region operates the legal regime of martial law. The statement indicated that: “the Churches given to religious communities, as legal entities, in management, and the earth is in constant use. The attempts of other persons to claim their rights on objects, contrary to existing law, can be regarded as a violation of the law of Ukraine”. Among these temples is named after the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral. Thus, the state represented by the regional government, said the security and preventing any enforcement action regarding the Cathedral and the faithful. Currently, in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Vinnitsa, quietly: divine services and rites are sent to parishioners of the temple.”
At the same time, the clergy of the diocese report that can’t get into the room diocesan office – they were not allowed there. Also reported that representatives of the security Service of Ukraine trying to get the number of priests to maintain their mood Autocephalous Bishop of Metropolitan Simeon, who according to media reports, is now in Kiev, where will be held the so-called “unification Council.” In the direction of the clergy received various threats, if they continue to defend their canonical position.
Appeared in the media of details regarding the situation from the Cathedral in Vinnytsia. As found by the journalists of the newspaper “the Country”, 14 December there was a meeting of the Cathedral community, which has decided to move the entire community in a “Unified Ukrainian local Church”. The backbone of the community (necessary for the legitimacy of meeting a dozen) were generated from a personally loyal to Simeon parishioners.
The announcement of a meeting for the services was not disclosed. Therefore about it did not know the vast majority of parishioners.
At present the Cathedral is open for visits and prayers, but the ins and outs of it control people sporting appearance. They are the keys to the Cathedral and gate.
Recall Metropolitan Symeon of Vinnytsia and bar at the monthly meeting of the clergy Vinnytsia district deanery on 19 November said that the decision of the bishops on November 13, “the Bishop, as all the fullness of the Vinnytsia diocese, will perform”.