Zhidychin priest is “moved” to UOC KP behind his back. Seizure is afoot
In the Volyn village, the cleric of the UOC temple received a decree from “metropolitan” Mikhail Zinkevich to pass to UOC KP. The priest did not ask for any transition.
Roman Geleta, the cleric of the UOC temple of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in vlg. Zhidychin of Kivertsy district near Lutsk, whose father, Protopriest Vladimir Geleta, is a rector of this temple, received an ordinance from the UOC KP "metropolitan" Mikhail Zinkevich that he was appointed as a new rector. The document is printed on the UOC KP form and stamped with the UOC KP. Not a single word is said about the OCU. The UOC cleric posted the “decree” on his Facebook page.
Commenting on the “transition of the parish to the OCU,” the priest writes: “An unjust and difficult period of church life also affected our religious community. I have always been and will be sincere, committed and faithful to God, people and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. And today I again fell prey to one of the many provocations on the part of representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate. Without my knowledge and consent, they transferred me from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to the Kiev Patriarchate, and issued a decree. Thus, by such falsehood they blind people’s eyes and by deception they create a new Ukrainian church. Please, do not buy into their lies and provocations and pray in the Church that God and our parents gave us.”
Protopriest Oleg Tochinsky, the head of the press service of the Volyn diocese, also confirmed this. He writes on Facebook: “A wonderful illustration that demonstrates the real state of affairs. The Kiev Patriarchate, which is sort of self-dissolved, issues an ordinance to the priest of the UOC (who did not ask anyone about this) that he is now a cleric of the OCU. Great! Now you have seen everything and understand how this ‘another parish of the MP passed to the OCU together with the priest’.”
The priest fears that the seizure of the temple might occur and asks for prayers.
As the UOJ reported, earlier in the Volyn village of Radoshin, supporters of the UOC KP under the pretext of “transferring the temple to the OCU” tried to capture the Holy Protection church, owned by the UOC community. Preparations for the seizure of the church by the Kiev Patriarchate took place with the support of “metropolitan” Mikhail Zinkevich.