Lvov, Lvov Province, Ukraine, July 1, 2022
St. George Cathedral in Lvov. Photo: radiosvoboda.org
Yet another city council has decided to illegally ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, this time in the far western city of Lvov.
The ban was initiated by Deputy Yuri Lomaga of the European Solidarity Faction and voted on by the city council yesterday, reports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
This is only the latest in a Local Ukrainian authorities: Banning the UOC has become the “number one goal”Every day the list increases of Ukrainian regions where officials and deputies resove to ban the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“>growing list of city and provincial authorities that are declaring bans against the Church. This most recently occurred on Another ban on the UOC: CherkasyDeputies of the City Council in Cherkasy voted to ban the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in that city.”>June 23 in Cherkasy.
The Church has repeatedly explained that such bans Local bans on Ukrainian Church have no legal force—UOC Legal DepartmentMost recently, the mayor of Konotop, Sumy Province, declared the UOC banned in his city.
“>have no legal authority, and they do not enjoy the backing of federal authorities.
Even the Lvov Provincial authorities earlier declared the illegality of such attempted bans.
According to Vasil Dorosh, head of the Lvov Province Department of Religions and Nationalities:
Religious organizations in Ukraine, in accordance with the current legislation, can be liquidated or reorganized only on the parish’s own initiative or by a court decision, if their activities are recognized by the Security Service of Ukraine as illegal. At the same time, only the Verkhovna Rada can ban activities on the territory of Ukraine. According to the current legislation, religious organizations are separated from the state.
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Source: Orthodox Christianity