At their last Synod, Bishops of UGCC prepared an address to the voters to be published before the parliamentary election next autumn. So stated Patriarch Sviatoslav of UGCC during his visit to Ivano-Frankivsk Region on 6 May.
UGCC quoted the patriarch as saying.
The Head of UGCC called the Greek Catholics to be careful and not to yield to provocations of people calling to achieve changes in the state by means of extreme radical steps.
“A forced scenario never built anything. On the other hand, peace, care and responsibility are the foundation stones on which one can build one’s state, social and personal future by one’s conscious choice,” said the patriarch.
“Our Church has always been active in social processes. However, we never tell anyone to vote for anyone and we do not allow our clergy to participate in the election campaign. We want to help to build the institute of civil society. We want to be active not in the political but in the public life. The Church has no wish to replace these public institutions but wants really to help build them in a fitting way,” stressed the primate.
Patriarch Sviatoslav also expressed hope that Ukrainians understand that they are the only source of power and that prosperity of the state depends on them only.
“Therefore, I would like our Ukraine to be known in the world not for its political problems or selective justice but as an open, civilized country where people are able to build their future,” concluded the head of UGCC.