Leader of Ukrainian Catholics calls for a focus on traditional values
Archbishop Sviatislov Shechuk called on Ukraine's parliamentarians to focus on rooting out corruption and judicial malfeasance rather than permitting same-sex marriage.
Christians in Ukraine are expressing concern about laws that their national legislators are passing that are intended to make Ukrainian laws conform to principles enshrined by the European Union. In an interview with a newspaper in Lviv, the leading cleric of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, said he is opposed to the accommodation of same-sex marriage in Ukraine - a traditionally Christian country.
“Harmonizing the Ukrainian legislation with the European one, we adopt the diseases of Western society very quickly. I want to remark that in the European egislation the Christian roots of culture are not mentioned. We are mistaken when we think that for the sake of the desired European prosperity we should suffer from these diseases”, said Archbishop Sviatoslav. Expressing concern that modern society does not live according to God's commandments, the archbishop said that it is in the name of tolerance that life is being destroyed.
“Among the requirements of the European community there are pseudo values. Today, the EU looks like a teenager who is experiencing the bounds of morality and needs Christian education.Europe was not based on the same-sex couples, but on the respect for human dignity , protection of its rights and freedoms, honesty in politics and business. Europe stood up on these foundations , but they have forgotten about this base. These are the values which are defended in our society by the Church. When we talk about protection of life from the natural beginning to its natural end, then it is the basis of the protests against euthanasia, abortion, and other actions that violate the dignity of life, said the the archbishop.
He went on to express regret that post-Soviet Ukraine is living at a time when "the dignity of a person is last place." Archbishop Sviatoslav noted that Catholic bishops of Europe are working intensively so that the voice of Christians could be heard. “We strive for joining the European discourse, to defend Christian values in Ukraine and Europe” added the head of the Church.
Archbishop Sviatoslav refuted that the claim that if Ukraine adopts laws regarding same-sex marriages, it will enter the European community. "I must say that it is not so. Sometimes our parliamentarians to avoid other bills want to carry out this one. It’s so much easier for them in Europe and Ukraine to vote against the traditional family, than against corruption, unfair judicial system, which suffers from selective justice. They stress their attention on the incidental problems in order to avoid solving the main thing," said the head of the UGCC.
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