Friday, March 07, 2003

Leonid Feodorov
From the Net: Today is the feast day, in the Russian Byzantine Catholic parishes, of the repose of Blessed Leonid Feodorov, first exarch of the Russian Byzantine Catholic church.

He was the only Russian Byzantine Catholic beatified by Pope John Paul II during the last day of the Holy Father’s historic trip to Ukraine.

Me: A controversial figure to be sure, not as violently hated as Josaphat Kuncevich (a saint in the Catholic Church) but perhaps seen similarly by the Russian Orthodox as a quisling (he was a born Orthodox). That noted, ISTM he was an idealist, far removed from today’s liberals, believing that there were no real grounds for the Schism between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox communion. I read in Fr Cyril Korolevsky’s bio of Metropolitan Andrew (Sheptytsky) that Feodorov died alone in Viatka, Russia, in 1935 after being imprisoned by the Soviets for years. He was a tonsured monk with the name Leontij and also was a secret bishop (there exists a photo of him in episcopal vestments).

This account of him (several Web pages long) is largely taken from the Korolevsky book. More

There aren’t that many Russian Catholic (as in Byzantine Rite) churches today -- only three in the US (one could add the Byelorussian one in Chicago). It could be seen as an outmoded approach to the Orthodox by Catholics -- ‘Uniatism’, that is, setting up a copycat church and snagging converts to try to hurt the Orthodox Church and eventually replace it -- and the Orthodox understandably may see the enterprise as a ‘Potemkin village’. In any event, if that was the intention behind it, it resoundingly failed, but the Russian Catholics I know, none of whom are ethnic Russians or born Orthodox, don’t think that way anyway. They are born Catholics and idealists who see the churches as essentially the same and the end of the Schism as a matter of time, and in fact the church I’m familiar with prays for ‘all the Orthodox patriarchs’ as well as the Pope.

Actually there is a difference between a standard Russian accent and a Ukrainian accent. Like their fine neighbors the Slovaks, Ukrainians and people in southwestern Russia (for example, in Rostov) turn the letter g into an h sound. Господь [encoding: Cyrillic (Windows)] is Hospod', Игорь (sounds like 'eager' in Russian, not like Dr Frankenstein's assistant) is Ihor.

Great introduction to Gaelic
In advance of St Patrick’s Day

Mel Gibson, Catholic Traditionalist

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