Lviv court takes away Orthodox church in the village of Kuty from UOC community

September 30, 2017. On September 26, the Lviv Economic Court of Appeal handed over to the Kyiv Patriarchate the Church of the Holy Righteous Anna in the village of Kuty in the Shumsk district of the Ternopil region, reports Zaxid.Media.

For several years, the religious community of the Holy Righteous Anna has been trying unsuccessfully to secure the return of title rights to the temple it built. The Ternopil Economic Court abolished the right of ownership of the UOC community to the church. The basis was the absence of the “Act of commissioning”. The document was not found in the archives, although the shelf life of such documents is 10 years. The church was built in 1997.

According to the court’s decision, the Ternopil regional state administration was recognized as the temple’s administrator, which has the right to provide the church with alternate use for the communities of the UOC and the UOC-KP.

According to local residents, the community of the UOC headed by the rector Fr. Igor Kushniruk, has practically lost hope of upholding its rights in court and is planning to build a new church.