On September 12, 2021, the head of the OCU Epiphany Dumenko intends to “consecrate” the cross at the construction site of the future cathedral of the Lvov-Sokal diocese, however, the OCU is not allowed to carry out construction work at the indicated address, since this site of 0.56 hectares was allocated by the city for the UOC community back in 1991, writes the UOJ.
According to the rector of the church, Archpriest Volodymyr Kuzio, according to all legal documents, the legal successor of the UOC community, to which the land plot was allocated, is its community belonging to the canonical Church: “Many courts were held, all judicial instances, and we (the UOC community – Ed.) Were able to prove that the legal successors are us, those who built the temple. ”
The priest said that the OCU has no right to carry out construction work on this site: “According to the court, we own both churches. Now they just “insolently” decided to put up a cross for the construction of the cathedral. Although they have absolutely no permits for this ”.
In 1993, after the emergence of the Filaret schism, the large stone church in honor of St. Prince Vladimir, almost completed by the believers of the UOC, was seized by schismatics. The community, which had lost its temple, first held its services under a canopy, and then managed to build a small wooden church next to the captured one, which was also named after Prince Vladimir. Thus, now two churches (UOC and OCU) bear the same name and are located at the same address.