Friday, April 28, 2006

Forum 18: UKRAINE: "We're not for democracy - we're Orthodox"


Fr Anatol Curtev, a priest of the Bessarabian Metropolitanate of theRomanian Orthodox Church, is sceptical that the authorities will protecthim and his parish in the village of Kamyshovka in the far south-west ofUkraine from violence. He and his parishioners claimed to Forum 18 News Service that the village's Russian Orthodox priest Fr Aleksei Grecu hit him on the head just before they started their separate liturgies on 12 March to mark the Sunday of Orthodoxy, and that Fr Grecu organised a brutal attack on him in the station of the nearby town of Izmail on 12 April. "It's a complete lie - I didn't hit him [Fr Curtev] or organise the attack," Fr Grecu told Forum 18, but admitted he was interviewed by police."But if he's doing evil, what are we supposed to do? They're uncanonical and diabolical schismatics who shouldn't exist on Ukrainian territory." Fr Grecu dismissed any idea that the Bessarabian parish has any religious freedom rights. "We're not for democracy - we're Orthodox."

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