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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Mar 3, 2004
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      2004.03.04 CathNews:

      CathNews, Australia

      Ukrainian archbishop still seeks patriarchate

       
      The Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has made it clear that he will continue to press for the recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate, despite opposition from Orthodox prelates.

      Catholic World News reports that in a statement formally released by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar asked the faithful to pray and fast for the recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate, saying that it would be a positive and natural development in the life of the Eastern-rite Church.

      Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei told the the Vatican's Cardinal Walter Kasper last month that he was "gratified" to hear that "no decision has been made" on creating a patriarchate for the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The Vatican has put recognition of the patriarch on hold.

      The Major Archbishop - the leader of the largest Byzantine-rite community in union with Rome - said that the plea for recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate represents a consensus long held by his flock.

      "We chose this path long ago," he said; "and it reflects the clear will of the People of God of our Church."
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      (Catholic World News 3/3/04)
      Ukrainian prelate still seeks patriarchate

      Kiev, Mar. 03 (CWNews.com) - The Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has made it clear that he will continue to press for the recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate, despite opposition from Orthodox prelates.

       In a statement formally released by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar asked the faithful to pray and fast for the recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate, saying that it would be a positive and natural development in the life of the Eastern-rite Church.
      Cardinal Kasper reports on meeting with Russian Patriarch
       Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, reports that he told Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei that the Vatican is intent upon maintaining relations with the Orthodox churches.

      Relations are currently in the balance because of the Vatican's pending decision on whether to create a patriarchate for the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

      Patriarch Alexei told the cardinal during last week's one and a half hour meeting in the patriarch's downtown Moscow office that he was "gratified" to hear that "no decision has been made" on creating a patriarchate for the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

      Cardinal Kasper said he told Patriarch Alexei: "We don't want to break relations with the Orthodox churches. To the contrary, we want to strengthen those relations."
      Patriarch Alexei, head of Russia's largest church, relayed to Cardinal Kasper a large number of complaints, accusing Roman Catholics of evangelising baptised Orthodox, converting Russian orphans to Catholicism, and ignoring the Second Vatican Council's commitment to better Orthodox-Catholic relations.
      25 Feb 2004