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‘Love Story’ From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

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As is known, there are two Autocephalous Churches in Ukraine: the one recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Church of Greece and the Patrarchate of Alexandria, namely the Holy Church of Ukraine (HCU), and the so-called Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) lead by patriarch emeritus Filaret (Denisenko), who left the HCU six months after its was created.

What these organizations have in common is their staffing approach. For example, former abbess Cleopatra of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church who defrauded the treasury of the St. Nicholas Convent and seized control over its website and online donations in late 2018 was accepted to the HCU diocese of Zaporizhia in spring 2019. In this regard the Convent even had to suspend its charitable activities.

First time Cleopatra was captured on the photo with other clerics of the HCU bishop Photius (Davydenko) of Zaporizhia and Melitopol in April 2019. She was said to serve there as a candle seller at the HCU St. Trinity cathedral, since Photius didn’t have much trust in her after the embezzling of the UOC money and didn’t want to put her in responsible positions. Of course, that was far from satisfying her ambitions.

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

Ex-abbess Cleopatra among the clerics of the HCU Zaporizhia diocese

As Ukrainian Orthodox blogger Alexander Voznesensky has noticed, in March 2019 the runaway abbess created a Facebook account under her secular name Nadia Muzychka. There she posted news about the HCU at first. However, as autumn set in she fell in romantic mood.

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

Ex-abbess Cleopatra reposts the picture that reads “Love is to be felt, not heard. One can listen to radio already”

And in spring 2020 an object of her attraction appeared: on March 17, 2020 she even created another Facebook account as Nadia Svitla, where she started reposting messages of Fr. Andrei Fomenko who was a military chaplain at the 55th Artillery Brigade. She praised her fancy man as “a wonderful cleric,” and in his turn while expressing his gratitude in the comment the Fr. Andrei called her Matushka Nadia, which evidenced that Nadia Svitla and former UOC abbess Cleopatra are the same person.

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

Fr. Andrei comments Nadia Svitla’s Facebook post about him: “Thank you sincerely Matushka Nadia. Thank you belowed by God brothers and sisters.”

Then, on June 14 a photo that captures Nadia and Fr. Andrei was published by an owner of wedding boutique Olena Yaroshenko who runs a charity project for the military. “Father Andrei addressed me and said that he was willing to get married,” Yaroshenko said. “Of course, I didn’t request a marriage certificate from them – it was a priest marrying. What doubts could I have?” – she added.

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

Photo that captures Fr.Andrei and ex-abbess Cleopatra in the wedding boutique

However, the ceremony wasn’t so simple for the couple. Bishop Photius saw the wedding photo and recognized Fomenko’s bride Nadia as abbess Cleopatra. So, according to Apostolic Canon 25, Canon 1 of the Council of Neocaesarea and Canon 18 of St. Basil the Great, Fr. Andrei was banned from priesthood.

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

HCU Bishop Photius of Zaporizhia and Melitopol bans Fr. Andrei Fomenko from priesthood by the decree dated June 14, 2020

And Fomenko’s false excuses that the photo was merely a joke and they only played their roles for the sake of Yaroshenko’s boutique promotion didn’t change bishop’s decision. Photius might have noticed that Nadia’s surname on Facebook had been changed to Fomenko and that she had been captured on the photo with a wedding ring on her finger already.

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

Ex-abbess Cleopatra wearing monastic clothes (left) and the wedding dress (right)

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

Nadia Fomenko with a wedding ring on her finger

As a result, despite his claims to “accept the sanctions with humility” Fomenko transferred to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate. Fr. Andrei and his spouse quit promoting the HCU and started posting news about Filaret (Denisenko). As Alexander Voznesenky notes, we can only guess whether the respective UOC-KP administration have been informed about the scandalous backstory of Fr. Andrei and ex-abbess Cleopatra.

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

The Fomenkos are promoting Filaret Denisenko on their Facebook pages

'Love Story' From The Autocephalous Church Of Ukraine

The Fomenkos are promoting Filaret Denisenko on their Facebook pages

Unfortunately, it is not the only example of uncanonical attitude and breaking monastic vows by schismatic clergy, and it is to be regretted that the main reason why this case was addresses by the HCU hierarchy was that the naive boutique owner posted the fugitive abbess’ wedding photo and the story became public.

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9 comments

  1. occupybacon says:

    Damn she hot, I have to find some nun porn now

  2. HiaNd says:

    Soap opera of Ukrainian Orthodox schismatics.
    How stunning and exciting discovery that they are morally rotten people, just like their by the West created “church”.

    1. occupybacon says:

      Ukraine is a living prove that Russia is not yet a homogenous nation, at any time some region can declare independence and rename their language. That’s why Ukraine makes Russia shit bricks :) also Ukraine was in Putin’s dreams one the pilons of Eurasian trade union – a dream that was blown up by EU free trade deal with Ukraine.

      1. HiaNd says:

        You are most definitely total moron and completely ignorant on anything about Russia.
        “Zionist-evil” theory that you are from Ukraine is not credible because your comments are totally idiotic. Only Americunts can be that much stupid.
        You confuse bankrupted Yeltsin Russia from 1999 with mighty Putin’s Russia from 2020.
        I can’t care less about your opinion you freaking Americunt moron.

        1. occupybacon says:

          Don’t tell me, the genius chess player made the barrel from $20 in 1999 to $120 in 2008, am I rite?

      2. j m says:

        Homogenous??? Who even talks that way? You are exposed.

        But I’ll delve into it. I think many in Ukraine and Russia still believe it the same. The only ones that don’t are ignorant of its’ history. I mean, just look at it. The name ‘Ukraine’ translated means ‘borderland,’ and who names their country ‘borderland,’ unless it was part of something bigger. And that distinction only referred to it’s location on a map. And yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m familiar with the rho historal fact, but that means nothing. Because it wouldn’t be apparent that during the Mongol invasion, those in Kiev left, putting distance between them, and settling in Moscow.

        As for your Asian claim, perhaps that was the plan at first. But then, like everything, things change, and the situation develops so they went ahead without Ukraine. And as you can see, Ukraine is unnecessary. So in retrospect, it would appear to me, that Ukraine-only inclusion was to benefit it economically. But you wanna brag about European inclusion. which has not benefited Ukraine at all. The Nazis in Ukraine’s only play is to promote Ukraine as a front line of some imaginary war against Russia in order to illicit funds and/or support, which is used by Europe and the US only for propaganda purposes. And like wow, look what you’ve done to your country.

        1. occupybacon says:

          You know that USA and Australia speak the same language too but they don’t need to be the same country, that’s Panslavism, an imperialist ideology pushed by Moscow to make all slavic countries their vassals but they didn’t bait. What I’m saying is that Russia is afraid to push into Ukraine despite they cry Nazi, because Russia survives on selling natural resources in EU. Over 90% of Russian exports are natural resources, not goods that would add benefits to the middle class. From natural resources the ones that benefit the most are the oligarchs. But ok, I’m exposed. Now what?

        2. HiaNd says:

          You are just wasting your time and words on wrong person.

  3. Rhodium 10 says:

    Clown church, Clown president, Clown army..this is Ukraine!

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