The position of the Ukrainian Churches and Religious organizations about Euromaidan
The Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) is His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk). The church supports European integration and Euromaidan inspirations.
The Head expressed His support to the people who care about the future of their country. His address was delivered from the Lviv Euromaidan platform on the 26 of November, 2013.
The ex-head of UGCC His Beatitude Lubomyr (Guzar) is also an important and well-respected personality in Ukraine, especially for Ukrainian Christians. He is a member of the ‘First of December” Initiative group that consists of public figures and prominent intellectuals.
His Beatitude Lubomyr supported Euromaidan in his statement. In his opinion, people came out to protect their genuine interests and fundamental freedoms.
The UGCC priests are present on Euromaidan from the very first days and on.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC(MP)) is the most numerous in Ukraine.
The Head of UOC(MP) is His Beatitude Volodymyr (Sabodan). This church supports European integration. However, they were trying to keep neutral about Euromaidan, at least before the event on November, 30th. This is the general stance of the Church as being engaged in politics used to be an issue for them once: they used to support current president Mr. Yanukovich during the 2004 presidential race. Some of their representatives also used to be running for deputacy from the Party of Regions.
His Beatitude Volodymyr from UOC(MP) urged Ukrainian clergymen to join the “common prayer for peace, love and harmony; for overcoming hostility and hatred, to prevent violence and resolve any misunderstandings.” His address came shortly after the students’ Euromaidan was dispersed.
An administrator of UOC (MP) Mitropolit of Borispil’ and Brovary said Ukrainian Ortodox Church condemn violence in any display. No reasons justifying violent actions.
Ukranian Ortodox Church, Kyiv Patriarchate (UPC(KP)) was one of the first church which made public their position about Euromaidan.
The Head His Beatitude Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko) also stated his support for Euro-integration and student’s demonstration. He also warned the authorities not to use power to destroy peaceful demonstration.
On the night of the first clearing of Euromaidan, UOC(KP) was the first to literally host the students escaping from the Independence Square. It was St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. From that time on the door of the main Cathedral has been open for everyone.
On the 10-th of December, the members of All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations publicly addressed the community to condemn the violence, cruelty and persecution in respect to peaceful demonstrators. What is notable, they also called for justice and the need to punish those in charge of unlawful deeds. They invited all stakeholders to take part in a dialogue to resolve the crisis while offering their helpful hand in that endeavor.
The New York Times writes about the role of Ukrainian Churches on Euromaidan.