17534Re: Rusyns demand Rusyn in church
- Feb 7, 2007--- 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.Following
> 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 RusynThe
> 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 ofin
> 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
> 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.
> votruba "at" pitt "dot "edu
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