Patriarch Sviatoslav stated during a visit to the eastern Ukrainian city of Cherkasy that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church makes effort to ensure that no political party should use it in the political struggle. So reported Gazeta. ua.
He also gave the example of Jesus Christ who did not take sides with Pilate who represented the Roman invasion forces or with Barabbas representing the Jewish national liberation movement.
“Jesus did not take sides with any of them. He died on the cross. Therefore, in order to remain itself and not to be reduced to any political group, the Church should always be on the side of the Crucified One and not of Pilate or Barabbas. Then, it will always have the possibility and power to tell the truth to everyone and at all times and to be free from politicization of the society,” said Patriarch Sviatoslav.