ROAC will Lose Three Churches in Two Weeks
Happy Independence Day to those in the United States! The U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Unfortunately in new Russia the ROAC is not so fortunate (and in America the Constitution is being forgotten by many;) according to the newest document on the ROAC website, the ROAC will lose the right to assemble in three Churches on July 20 (new style), when, according to new documents on the ROAC website from the Department of Property and Land Management, the department will take possession, on the grounds that there is no contractual agreement with the Department, which claims to own the properties:
“Currently, these religious sites are used, respectively, by the following local religious organization, the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church: Parish of St. George, Suzdal Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church; Parish of St. Basil the Great, Suzdal Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church; Parish of St. John, Suzdal Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church.
“In doing so, the data objects specified religious organization by the Department of Property and land management of the region are made, and there is no contractual relationship with them.
“Thus, in connection with the above and the lack of legal grounds for possession and use of these religious sites the release of these religious buildings should [take place] by 20.07.2009.”