While the state and the schismatics speak of more than 300 parishes having moved already, in fact, there have only been 23 communities with their priest and 13 without a priest that have voluntarily gone into schism, His Grace Bishop Viktor of Baryshevka explained on Ukrainian TV today.
His Grace Bishop Viktor (Kotsaba) of Baryshevka, the head of the canonical Ukrainian Church’s representation to European international organizations has released a video message in which he addresses the UN, the EU, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe concerning the widespread violations of human rights in Ukraine that the faithful of the canonical Church are facing, and of the real threat of an escalation in religious conflicts.
The clergy and ruling hierarchs of the Borodyanka, Obukhov, Vishnev, Boyarka, Makarov, and Vasilkov vicariates of the Kiev Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church recently met under the chairmanship of the Secretary of the Kiev Diocese Bishop Dionysiy of Pereyaslav-and Khmelnitsky, who told the gathered clergy about the situation with the parishes in the canonical Church and about the legal means of settling the situation.
Despite the fact that the parish community has fully-confirmed rights to ownership of the church building and has won all national trials on the matter, the use of the church is, in fact, blocked by the state authorities.
Clergy of the Khmelnitsky Diocese gathered in their regular session of the Diocesan Council on February 13 where they expressed their unanimous support for their ruling bishop His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Khmelnitsky and Starokostiantinov and for the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and their loyalty to the canonical Church.
Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), the abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) was consecrated as the new ROCOR Bishop of Syracuse yesterday.