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Why is the “unification council” of the OCU alleged?

On December 15, 2021, the parishioners of the OCU, with the help of police representatives, cut off the locks on the church of the UOC in the village of Gvardeyskoye in the Khmelnytsky diocese.

The day before, on December 14, 2021, believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the village of Snitkov in the Vinnitsa diocese gathered in their church to protect it from the encroachments of representatives of the OCU.

These two incidents have taken place over the past two days – just as the newly formed OCU is celebrating the third anniversary of the so-called “Unification Council”. Why so called?

Because in fact, this “cathedral” has not united anyone. And we are talking not only about the people of Ukraine, but also about the “branches of Ukrainian Orthodoxy.” Until now, there are parallel dioceses within the OCU, headed by immigrants from the UOC-KP and the UAOC, where various conflicts periodically appear within this structure, but the most important thing is that we almost daily observe hatred and anger on the part of its representatives in relation to the believers of our Church. And the last two cases are another confirmation of this.

After all, if the unification really took place and the Ukrainian schismatics really received canonical status (as they themselves believe), then why then by force to seize churches in another canonical Church? Why then show an incomprehensible fierce anger towards the believers of the UOC, humiliate them and threaten them?

These questions can be answered only if it is clearly understood that no unification has taken place. In fact, the OCU was created by combining exclusively two non-canonical structures – the UOC-KP and the UAOC. Neither the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, nor the believing Orthodox people of Ukraine took part in this unification. And not because they did not want unity, but because they have long been united in Christ and His Holy Church.

And everyone who still breathes anger and hatred should wish only one thing – to read the Gospel, otherwise it is very difficult to become real Christians.

Bishop Victor Kotsaba

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