Orthodox Leader Says Ukrainian Patriarchate Would Cause Problems
02.04.04 (RISU.org.ua) ROME (CNS) -- If the Vatican was to recognize the
patriarchate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Catholic-Orthodox
relations would return to a "climate of hostility," said the spiritual
leader of the world's Orthodox churches. Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch
Bartholomew of Constantinople wrote to Pope John Paul II to urge the pope
not to elevate the status of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Patriarch
Bartholomew's letter, dated Nov. 29, was posted in Greek on the patriarch's
Web site, apparently before it was delivered to the Vatican. After
translating the letter, the Italian Catholic magazine 30 Giorni
distributed copies of its article Feb. 2 to reporters in Rome.
30 Giorni also reported that Patriarch Bartholomew had planned to go to
Rome in mid-February to inaugurate the city's new Greek Orthodox parish;
Pope John Paul has given the community exclusive use of the historic St.
Theodore Church on the Palatine Hill.