Participated today in the meeting of the Razumkov Center, which presented its next social study on the religious situation in the country. It is clear that this is more a sociology of sympathies, and not a real number of believers by confession, but there are many other interesting questions in the study, the answers to which are very interesting.
So, on page 27 it is said about how the faithful of different denominations relate to each other.
“If in relation to believers of the UOC (MP) towards the OCU, a positive attitude prevails negative (respectively 42% and 12%), then in relation to believers of the OCU towards the UOC (MP), on the contrary, the proportion of those who have a negative attitude prevails (respectively 29% and 37%).
Believers of the UGCC (respectively 10% and 53%) have an even more negative attitude towards the UOC (MP), while the vast majority (76%) of believers of the UGCC have a positive attitude towards the OCU (2% of those who have a negative attitude). In turn, the faithful of the OCU are predominantly positive towards the Greek Catholics (respectively 46% and 5%).
A positive attitude towards Greek Catholics also prevails (although not so clearly) among the believers of the UOC(MP) (30% and 3%, respectively).
Accordingly, the accusations that are sometimes heard by opponents against the UOC that it supposedly harbors total hatred for others are unfair. The numbers show a very different picture. I think this is also the result of the work of our local priests. It’s nice that a Christian attitude is being brought up (or, at least, enmity is not nourished) towards people of other faiths, even despite the fact that representatives of other faiths have a different attitude towards us.
I think that the problem in such a negative attitude of the faithful OCU and UGCC towards the UOC also lies in the information war in the media and incitement. I think that the media, in general, need to reduce the degree of hatred so as not to turn people against each other. Although not the last factor is the attitude of the clergy of those confessions towards the UOC, namely what they say to their believers.
Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, Facebook