Ukrainian police arrest priest during service

April 3, 2023

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…a one minute video, and is in a different language, but I think the video speaks for itself.

“Ukrainian police dragged out a 65-year-old priest in the middle of performing communion, while still wearing his liturgical vestments. Archpriest Ivan Protsyuk of the Church of Ascension of the Lord in the village of Bukovyna, Chernivtsi, was performing communion on March 22 when police entered the church, apparently at the behest of the non-believers in the local community.”

According to the web, the Church of Ascension of the Lord is part of the (Orthodox) Catholic religion. I have read that Zelenski (spelling?) is attacking any church that doesn’t fall in line. According to the write-up, it sounds like the archpriest was arrested because non-believers we’re complaining. Of a church service.

There are those out there that believe that believers, religious people/communities, aren’t being attacked. How much proof does someone need?

Christians/believers in Christ have been attacked or persecuted for a long, long time. Since Jesus’ death on the cross, and before, believers have been attacked. What really opened my eyes, recently, was during the pandemic when churches were ordered to shut their doors, congregations/pastors even being arrested for holding services in the parking lot.

People say we need to get along, accept whatever’s being panhandled – so to say – and everything will be alright. Where do we draw the line? How much do I have to give up? Why do I have to alter my beliefs or morals? To make someone else feel better? I may not agree, but you have as much a right to believe the way you want as I do.

Not everyone is going to believe the same as I or you do, that is no reason to attack the other person. Giving in to demands today only means that tomorrow there will be a new push/demand. And so on, and so on, until one day we wake up and realize that we have nothing left. One might think “it doesn’t affect me, so it’s ok”, until one day there is no one left standing in the way.

What then?

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