«The believers will take up knives»: the Catholics of the Ukraine are afraid of losing their temples

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace in fotoannunci shares of parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate in Kyiv against the adoption of the anti-Catholic bills in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine«The believers will take up knives»: the Catholics of the Ukraine are afraid of losing their temples© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace the image Bank

The Bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia diocese of the Roman Catholic Church Ian Sobilo told how the intention of the Verkhovna Rada to ban the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate will affect Catholics in the country.

Members of Parliament introduced by the Parliament two projects on the status of religious organizations. One of them stipulates that organizations, senior centers are in the state recognized Ukraine «aggressor country» will be able to appoint metropolitans and bishops only by agreement with the government. The second can give the right to members to change the jurisdiction of the religious communities, the centers of which are in Ukraine and behind its limits. The UOC-MP consider the documents of repressive and fear that they will legitimize the seizure of the temples.

«Imagine a small Church of the Catholics in the East of Ukraine. Imagine that we in the parish will begin to walk, there are many Orthodox, and then they decide that the ceremony does not suit them, perepoloshit, and then what? The property of the Roman Catholic Church under the law must be to move away the Orthodox. It will be very unfair, as a small community or parish will be forced to leave,» the Bishop said in an interview with the Catholic «Radio Maria».

He called provocative tabled in Parliament bills and described the situation as a «return in the 30-ies of the last century.» If the documents still accept it, according to the Bishop, will be the end of freedom of conscience in the country.

«Could start a religious war. Christians go at each other with knives!» — fears Bishop Jan Sobilo.