Greek Catholics can set up patriarchate only by seizing churches by force - Ukrainian Orthodox Church
- Greek Catholics can set up patriarchate only by seizing churches by force -
Ukrainian Orthodox Church
10 July 2006, 14:23
Kiev, July 10, Interfax - The Ukrainian Orthodox Church does not exclude a
possibility that the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) may establish a
patriarchate of its own.
The Ukrainian issue of the Kommersant daily has reported Monday that the
recognition of the UGCC Patriarchate of Kiev and Galicia was considered at
the Uniate Synod session held from June 25 to July 5 in Rome.
‘The Greek Catholics will never have a patriarchate, except that they seize
churches by force and thus seek to establish a patriarchate’, the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church press service commented on the UGCC’s intention.
However, according to the daily, the Vatican approves of the Greek-Catholic
intention to set up their own patriarchate as an important step towards the
creation of one Church in Ukraine.
As a Vatican source informed Kommersant, the UGCC patriarchate ‘will help
elevate the status (of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic - IF) Church and make it
possible to unite the Orthodox and the Catholics in Ukraine, to unite the
Bishop Gleb Lonchina, apostolic visitator for the Greek-Catholic Ukrainians
in Italy, Spain and Ireland, also stated that Pope Benedict XVI himself had
approved the idea of a UGCC patriarchate.
UGCC Supreme Archbishop Lubomir Husar is expected to publicize the results
of the Synod on Monday. In case of a positive decision, the Church will be
granted administrative independence and the powers of its head will become