Ecumenism

(Ukraine – Forum 18)Fr Anatol Curtev, a priest of the Bessarabian Metropolitanate of the Romanian Orthodox Church, is sceptical that the authorities will protect him and his parish in the village of Kamyshovka in the far south-west of Ukraine 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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April 26, 2006

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