Bishopric of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in Zaporizhya charged with national and religious discord

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian law enforcers opened the case after the incident when the priest refused to read the last rites over the baby baptized in Kyiv Patriarchate
22:39, 11 January 2018

The Ukrainian police opened a criminal proceeding against the Zaporizhya bishopric of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reported that on Thursday evening the recent incident involving the priest from Zaporizhya bishopric led to violence.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine qualified the incident as ‘stirring of national and religious discord’, which is mentioned in Part 3, Article 161 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code. Commenting on the issue, the authority said that Zaporizhya bishopric of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate allowed selective approach and hurt feelings of the believers by preferring those baptized in the temples of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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As 112 International reported, in the evening on December 31, a man fell out of the window of a high-rise building and landed on the child. They both died. During the child's funeral, a priest of the Moscow Patriarchate refused to commemorate the deceased baby. He argued that the baby was baptized in the church of the Kiev Patriarchate (representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate believe that the church is ‘self-styled’, so the child is considered ‘unbaptized’). The Prosecutor General’s Office and State Security Service considered it to be the high-profile case and opened the criminal proceeding.

The next day, two men who brought a doll to the entrance to the Moscow Patriarchate temple got beaten. As it turned out, one of those men appeared to be a participant of Donbas conflict.

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On January 8, several dozen nationalists blocked the entrance to the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, condemning the priest's decision. The incident continues to provoke serious outrage in the Ukrainian society.

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