No transitions to OCU for two years upset ex-head of Ternopil RSA
Stepan Barna noted with regret that since 2019 not a single UOC community has moved to the OCU while in 2015-2019 there were more than 40 such transitions.
The ex-head of the Ternopil Regional State Administration Stepan Barna said at a meeting with Sergei (Epiphany) Dumenko that not a single "transition" of the UOC communities to the OCU took place in the region over the past two years.
“Thanks to the joint efforts and policies of the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, the path of establishing the Ukrainian church continues. Unfortunately, today it is not as active as we would like it to be, because over the past two years in the Ternopil region there has not been a single transition of religious communities to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, in contrast to 2015-2019, when more than 40 religious communities changed the status! " said the official.
Barna also said that he will continue to "protect the language, faith, culture and will not allow attempts to destroy them".
Earlier, the Lviv “priest” of the OCU, who was supposed to dismantle the unauthorized chapel, began to equip it further instead.