Last June, two Orthodox priests in Ukraine were videoed in leading a riot against a group of Seventh-day Adventists operating a book table near Sevastopol, Ukraine — a video that quickly went viral — an attack I called “shameful.”
According to the Religion in Ukraine news service, the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has disciplined these two priests and made them apologize for their actions. A rough translation of the news item (from Google):
In Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC taken against the two
priests Sevastopol Deanery whose actions sparked riots in the village
of Eagle, said, “Religion in Ukraine” with reference to Kafanews.
Recall alleged incident occurred on Sunday, June 24, in the village of
Eagle Balaklava near Sevastopol area. Clergymen held a procession to
the tent with the words “TV” Nadiya “. Christian Literature,” in which
representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church spread its
literature. The abbot of the local church. Vladimir Lomakin said
Adventists, that all religious activities in this area need to agree
with him. After that he personally turned over the table with books,
and who was next to a young man at the command of the priest
overturned palatkui rasshvyryal Christian literature, among which, as
the website of the Christian view, there were books of the Gospel.
Videography defeat of the tent came the Internet, gathering to date,
almost 250 000
Center St. apologetic. John Chrysostom, established in 2011 at the
initiative of Archimandrite (now Bishop) Jonah (Cherepanov), Chairman
of the Synodal Department for Youth Affairs UPC, tried to justify the
actions of priests struggle against “sectarian,” but in the Crimean
diocese of the UOC thought otherwise.
There was a church court, following which it was decided to deprive
the rector of the parish church. Eagle’s Sevastopol Deanery Priest
Vladimir Lomakin right to wear a pectoral cross, and his partner John
Priest Lucina – the right to wear kamilavka.
Also, these individuals were obliged to apologize to the victim.
After I had originally posted about this attack on the Adventists I received several comments defending what these priests had done. I refuse to allow such hate to appear on this blog and I would not approve their comments. I am very heartened that the Church has disciplined these priests and made them apologize for their actions.