Friday, February 26, 2010
Mikhail Antonovich Denisenko, deposed MP Hierarch and moral renegade
26 February 2010, 15:13
Orthodox believers see Kiev Patriarchate’s leader breaking Lent
Kiev, February 26, Interfax – Head of the self-proclaimed “Kiev Patriarchate” Filaret Denisenko allows himself serious indulgences during the Great Lent, the Segodnya Ukrainian paper reports.
Thus, he was seen with a glass of cognac at a ceremonial reception dedicated to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s inauguration.
“Guests were surprised to see Patriarch Filaret coming up to one of the tables and taking a glass of cognac, then he started drinking and eating salted pork,” the article at the edition’s website reads.
According to the author, what was even more interesting that “when Filaret came up to the table, guests who stood nearby immediately moved to another table.”
Filaret Denisenko is famous for rather specific methods of “enriching spiritual heritage,” in particular, for seizure of Orthodox Churches with tear gas, cold steel, piercing and cutting instruments. He has started using such methods of “enriching cultural heritage” at the expense of churches and shrines of the canonical Church since 1992 and hasn’t given up this occupation until now. Methods of enrichment were especially bloody in the Rovno Region where priests and lay believers were thrown out of churches and beaten with iron pipes on the heads.
Denisenko “spiritually enriched” Kiev in 1990s when he seized St. Vladimir Cathedral and tried to capture the Kiev Laura of the Caves with the help of UNA-UNSO militants. Later militants of the so-called “Kiev Patriarchate” with Denisenko’s blessing continued “spiritual enrichment” in “Ichkeria” where they helped Johar Dudayev in his struggle with “Russian occupants.”