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    Holy Brawler: Ukrainian Archbishop Caught on Film Boozing, Punching in Nightclub

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    That high priests are not necessarily angels all and nothing human is alien to them was proved once again when one of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church was spotted in a Ternopol nightclub dancing in the company of young girls, RIA Novosti Ukraine reported.

    Archbishop Mstyslav of Ternopol and Podol was accompanied by Rector Ihor Semirozum of the local Church of the Nativity, Treasurer of the same church, Archpriest Volodymyr Gerasymchuk, and Subdeacon Vytaly Okunsky.

    And, as if that was not enough, the holy company, who obviously had a bit too much to drink, started a brawl, which local police later confirmed despite Archbishop Mstyslav’s angry protestations.

    In a video shown on 1+1 TV Archbishop Mstyslav and his friends are seen embroiled in a series of fistfights with male guests and canoodling with young ladies on the dance floor.

    Things start to look very bad 3 min. 17 sec. into the video.

    A Council of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church that met on Tuesday to discuss the unseemly behavior of its senior members, punished the waywad Archbishop with a month's stay at a local monastery.

    His companions were suspended from pastoral duties. The UAOC said it would conduct its own probe into the incident.

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