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Ukrainian clergy condemn FEMEN protest on Sophia Cathedral bell tower

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April 11, 2012, 3:45 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Representatives of some Ukrainian churches have criticized the resent protest organized by the feminist organization FEMEN on the bell tower of the Kyiv Sophia Cathedral to protest a bill proposing a ban on abortions in Ukraine.
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Representatives of some Ukrainian churches have criticized the resent protest organized by the feminist organization FEMEN on the bell tower of the Kyiv Sophia Cathedral to protest a bill proposing a ban on abortions in Ukraine. "No doubt, this organization's act repulses me. At the same time, understand that there are forces that want faith, religion, and church be locked in temples, like they were under the Soviets, do not engage in any public activities, and do not offer any spiritual and moral values to society," Archbishop Evstratiy (Zorya), the head of the information department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate, told Interfax.

Archbishop Evstratiy also said be believes FEMEN is "a commercial project, not a manifestation of civil society, a commercial project, not a project run from outside of Ukraine." "Essentially, it's not a manifestation of Ukrainian society, it's an intricate mockery," the clergyman said.

According to earlier reports, five FEMEN activists conducted a rally protesting a bill proposing a ban on abortions in Ukraine on the bell tower of the Kyiv Sophia cathedral on April 10. The topless women rang the bells and put up a 7 meters long placard with the word "STOP" on a black background.

The bill banning abortion, which was proposed by Andrei Skil, a member of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc - Batkivschyna faction of the Ukrainian parliament, was registered with Verkhovna Rada at the request of the clergy of the Greek Catholic Church and the Vatican on March 12.
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Your Critic April 11, 2012, 6:51 p.m.    

Maybe Archbishop Evstratiy could put some prove on the table that FEMEN is a commercial project, or does one just have to believe him because he calls himself a man of God? The church has no right to limit the freedom of choice of any WOMAN.

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Jaroslaw Sawka April 12, 2012, 8:18 a.m.    

The priests and so called Holy men of God should stay out of politics. Far more offensive than topless women Femen are Satanic moskali devouring our country and churches! Those are the monsters that should be ABORTED!

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