In the Czech town Brno, the guards hired by the raider bishop Isaiah (Slaninka) beat the believers of the church of St. Wenceslas of the Czechs, the UOJ informs.
On the evening of December 3, 2021, the parishioners of the Church of St. Wenceslas in Brno, led by Archpriest Joseph Faisak, gathered on the territory of the temple to perform an evening service on the eve of the Feast of the Entry into the Church of the Holy Theotokos. However, the guards hired by Slaninka drove the parishioners out of the territory of the temple.
Eyewitnesses report that the supporters of Bishop Isaiah treated the 66-year-old priest Joseph and his wife with particular rudeness. In turn, the priest Rafael Moravsky, appointed by Slaninka, said that the community of the church of St. Wenceslas would have no choice but to “bow down to Isaiah.”
On the day of the Feast of the Entry into the Temple of the Holy Theotokos, the faithful again gathered near their church. Priest Joseph Faisak read an official document signed by Archbishop Michael of Prague, a member of the Holy Synod of the OCCLS, which stated that Archpriest Joseph Faisak was authorized to perform divine services in the Orthodox Church of St. Wenceslas in Brno.
In response, the supporters of Bishop Isaiah used physical force against the representatives of the Orthodox community and beat the altar servant. The situation calmed down only with the arrival of the police.
Despite admonitions, the believers refused to pray with the priest appointed by Bishop Isaiah, as they consider the actions of the hierarch to be non-canonical and non-churchly.
In August of this year, Bishop Isaiah forcibly and bypassing the believers entered the temple, changed the locks and appropriated the centenary antimension signed by Bishop Dositheus (Vasich). The situation around the parish of St. Wenceslas of the Czechs escalated after priest Joseph Faisak denounced Bishop Isaiah (Slaninka) in collaboration with Ukrainian schismatics.
In response, the hierarch dismissed the priest from the post of parish rector, seized the temple and appointed another priest there. All this the vicar bishop Isaiah does under the cover of the blessing of the ruling 95-year-old Bishop Simeon, who, however, in personal conversations with the active members of the parish, spoke out in support of the priest Joseph.
At the moment, none of the believers attends the services of the priest Raphael, appointed by Bishop Isaiah, and the temple remains completely empty.
Earlier it was reported that Bishop Isaiah illegally uses the property of the Prague Diocese of the OCCLS.