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17534Re: Rusyns demand Rusyn in church

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  • Sinbad Schwartz
    Feb 7, 2007
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      --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "Martin Votruba" <votrubam@...>
      > Rusyn activists in Slovakia want the Greek Catholic Church (often
      > called Byzantine in the US) to introduce Rusyn in its services. The
      > campaign does not concern liturgy in the historical language called
      > Church Slavic, which the activists want to retain, but at the
      > that are in Slovak.
      > After the communists took over in Slovakia in 1948, they copied the
      > practice in the Soviet Union and banned the Greek Catholic Church,
      > which they linked to the (Russian) Eastern Orthodox Church.
      > the demands from the Kremlin, they also banned references to Rusyn
      > ethnic identity and mandated Ukrainian identity instead (many Rusyns
      > preferred to opt for Slovak rather than Ukrainian identity then).
      > Greek Catholic Church was permitted again during the relaxation of
      > communist rule in the late 1960s, but the ban on Rusyn identity was
      > not removed until after the collapse of communism in 1989.
      > The current Rusyn campaign, called "Charter of Rusyn Greek Catholic
      > Believers 2007," charges that the Greek Catholic Church Slovakizes
      > its Rusyn members because it does not provide for the use of Rusyn
      > church.
      > The Greek Catholic Bishop's Office in Presov has said that the Rusyn
      > activists should direct their linguistic demands to schools and
      > cultural institutions, and that there has been a shortage of
      > candidates for priesthood who could speak Rusyn.
      > The activists say, however, that their campaign is aimed at the
      > because that remains the only sphere where Rusyn is absent, and
      > maintain that some of the Greek Catholic clergy would be able to use
      > Rusyn in church, but fear to do so because of the Church hierarchy.
      > Rusyn is an officially recognized minority language in Slovakia that
      > is taught in several schools.
      > Martin
      > votruba "at" pitt "dot "edu
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