Lomachenko called the Orthodox Church of Ukraine an impurity from which the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is being purified
Former world champion in three weight categories Vasiliy Lomachenko has once again demonstrated his admiration for the Russian-controlled Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). The 35-year-old native of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi expressed confidence that "the expulsion of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) from the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, massive seizures of its churches" cleanses the church of "impurities" of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
This conclusion can be drawn from Lomachenko's words in an interview with the website of the Union of Orthodox Journalists of Ukraine. The two-time Olympic champion calls the UOC-MP "our church" that should become "golden and flourishing," and also condemned the OCU.
"What's happening around us is unpleasant, of course, it shouldn't be like this. It's painful to watch, very painful. No matter how we look at it, it definitely shouldn't be like this. I was listening to a song a long time ago, and recently it came up again on my playlist. I heard the following words: "Purify the gold from impurities". This is what is happening to our church today. Now it is gold that is being purified from impurities. How do I see our Orthodox Church in the future? Golden and flourishing," Lomachenko said.
Prior to that, the Ukrainian boxer had bent over backwards for Moscow UOC Primate Onufriy, who had previously been found by the SBU to have a Russian passport. After that, the Ukrainians offered to exchange it in Russia.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the legendary Olympic figure skating champion Oksana Baiul succinctly described her attitude to Vasiliy Lomachenko.