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Ukrainian authorities accuse the victim of religious hatred

Discussion in 'Religious News' started by Tamar78LA, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Tamar78LA

    Tamar78LA New Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    On January 11, 2018 an announcement under the headline “Law enforcers began to investigate the facts of deliberate acts committed by certain representatives of the UOC-MP and the “Orthodox Union Radomir” aimed at inciting ethnic, religious hatred and enmity, as well as insulting citizens’ religious feelings” was published on the official website of the Zaporozhsky Regional Prosecutor’s Office.

    The investigation was initiated because a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church denied to perform the burial service for a tragically deceased baby that had been christened by the self-proclaimed Kyivan Patriarchate. The boy’s father was so morally destroyed by the accident that he attacked the clergyman. However, Prosecutor’s Office of the Zaporozhsky region noticed only the priest’s behavior and so accused local UOC-MP clergy of practicing “a selective approach to the exercise of religious rites” and “providing benefits to those who underwent a baptismal ceremony with the UOC-MP”, which allegedly offends religious feelings of other citizens.

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  2. lewisnotmiller

    lewisnotmiller Grand Hat
    Staff Member Premium Member

    May 6, 2013
    Do you have an opinion on this?
  3. Shiranui117

    Shiranui117 Pronounced Shee-ra-noo-ee
    Premium Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Eastern Orthodox Christian
    I don't see what the issue is. A family is part of the Kyivan Patriarchate, which is not in communion with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate. Instead of going to a Kyivan Patriarchate priest to bury the child, they go to a priest under Moscow, why?

    EDIT: Adding to that, Ukrainian Orthodox under Kyiv generally don't even recognize the Ukrainian church under Moscow because they view the latter as illegitimate; they hate Moscow. So why this man even went to a priest affiliated with Moscow is beyond me.