Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Ukrainian Catholic prelates back protestors, condemn police crackdown

Catholic World News - December 02, 2013

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church condemned a police crackdown on anti-government protestors in western Ukraine.

The protestors are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, an ally of Moscow.

“We condemn the violence used by the law enforcement officers to civilians,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, according to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. “We must not respond with violence to violence.”

“I want to express my solidarity with the youth and with our citizens who are not indifferent to the fate of the country and who are actively displaying their positions,” the prelate had said earlier. “We see that hundreds of thousands of people in various cities and towns in Ukraine and the world took to the streets.”

The prelate’s predecessor, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, also praised the protestors; he said, according to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine, that “the government has driven us over the edge. The nation feels this very, very strongly, is fired up – the people have been mobilized to support their fundamental interests, to support their freedom.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Holding bishops accountable: the next steps 19 hours ago
The real story behind the French ambassador's nomination to the Holy See 22 hours ago
A joyful noise unto the Lord: Goal met! May 26
De Lubac’s notes on the Second Vatican Council, section 3 May 26
Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days