It is good to see Ukrainian Church authorities disciplining two priests who were involved in an attack against Seventh Day Adventist (Protestant) proselytizers. I find it troubling that Adventists seek to evangelize a country which has historically been Christian for over a millennium, but nevertheless the Ukrainian Constitution does and ought to protect all people’s right to freely spread their faith.
Last June, two Orthodox priests in Ukraine were videoed in leading a riot against a group of Seventh-day Adventists operating a book table near Sevastopol, Ukraine — a video that quickly went viral — an attack I called “shameful.”
According to the Religion in Ukraine news service, the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has disciplined these two priests and made them apologize for their actions. A rough translation of the news item (from Google):
In Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC taken against the two
priests Sevastopol Deanery whose actions sparked riots in the village
of Eagle, said, “Religion in Ukraine” with reference to Kafanews.
Recall alleged incident occurred on Sunday, June 24, in the village of
Eagle Balaklava near Sevastopol area. Clergymen held a procession to
the tent with the words “TV” Nadiya “. Christian Literature,” in which
representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church spread…
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