(Left): What the Church teaches. (Right): What Yushchenko, Denisenko, and Kudryakov teach. You know the real thing! So do the folks in Kiev! God deliver them from such suffering. It is beyond words.
Managers at Kiev hospitals and polyclinics forced staff to compulsorily attend festive events in the centre of Kiev conducted by Patriarch Bartholomew of Istanbul, an Interfax-Religion correspondent reported. A nurse from one of the polyclinics met with journalists at the Kievo-Pecherskogo Lavra and complained that management had forced all her colleagues to attend the events that Bartholomew presided over, including the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to St Olga. In this case, everyone was forced to make written statements that they would attend. The same was practised at all other medical establishments in Kiev, the woman said. Asked what the staff’s reaction was, she said, “Negative, of course”, adding, “The weather is excellent proof of that. It was raining when Bartholomew was conducting a service. Now, our Patriarch (Aleksei of Moscow and all the Russias: Interfax) has arrived and the sun is shining brightly!” she said. The woman declined to give her name or the outpatient clinic she works at, saying she feared punishment from the managers. Large posters showing Patriarch Bartholomew, alone or with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, can be seen everywhere in Kiev. Pictures of Patriarch Aleksei are rarely seen.
27 July 2008
Democracy in action! Well… what I say is simple. People came freely to see Patriarch Aleksei, and they had to be coerced and forced to see Bart. God willing, Yushchenko is not long for this world, politically, of course. After seventeen years of huffing and puffing, the pseudo-state of the Ukraine is moribund, lacking in vision, and increasingly poor. The fact that bread coupons are going to be issued this fall shows the utter bankruptcy of it all. People know it. It is time for action. The Ukrainian people do not deserve to suffer like this; they need to be part of the rodina yet again. May that day come soon.
A line of police and OMON from Kiev on Sunday blocked the way to the Vladimirskaya Hill site near the St Vladimir monument in Kiev, where Patriarch Aleksei of Moscow and all the Russias served the Divine Liturgy. Police formed a line along the site perimeter early on Sunday, blocking access to believers to the liturgy at 08.00, thus, forcing people to pray on the streets in front of the police barricades, an Interfax-Religion correspondent reported. Many knelt on the street during the liturgy and some held posters saying, “No to Autocephaly!” The situation caused indignation and protest in the crowd. “That we, canonical Orthodox believers, weren’t allowed to attend the service indicates it was a premeditated action. We came to see our Patriarch. The Patriarch came here for our sake, for our holiday. This is our homeland, it’s filled with our prayers, so, we’re not just visitors here”, one of the women barred from the liturgy told Interfax-Religion.
Spokesmen for the police, meanwhile, claimed their action was part of the security measures taken. The square near the monument was filled by too many people, it was a large crowd, and they said that new arrivals would only lead to a crush. However, an Interfax-Religion correspondent reported that there was much vacant space near the platform where the service was served, even though several thousand people had gathered. Many people complained to journalists that they had to clamber up the steep slopes of the Vladimirskaya Hill to order to reach the site of the liturgy, bypassing the police barriers.
27 July 2008
It’s time for all decent people to expose Yushchenko for the fraud that he is! Eat yer spinach and rumble!
This has got my blood boilin’. I’m spoiling for a scrap! To think that Yushchenko and his Uniate buddies kept old babas away from the liturgy by using the OMON! Swingin’ clubs at babas! How low can you go? WHAT FILTH! I am fit to be tied, and this is “it’s all I can stands and I can’t stands no more”, as Popeye put it. Where’s the spinach?