Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Being a good Catholic neighbor in Orthodox countries

Some time ago the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (my part-time church home) moved its headquarters from its historic base in L'vov (Lemberg) to Kiev, its original base when most of the bishops in the Ukraine and Byelorussia converted in 1596. (And yes, in English it's "the Ukraine"; deal with it.) The cathedral is modern, not my favorite style but OK. Of course I'd love it if the UGCC were the Ukraine's national church but that's not likely. Best to be both honest and ecumenical, being the best Christians you can be in your Galician homeland while, remembering the persecution under Soviet rule, being a good neighbor, the golden rule and all that, with the rest of the country's Orthodox majority of churchgoers (most Ukrainians don't go to church). We are not trying to break up families, parishes, and dioceses. Our goal is to bring all the Orthodox back at the same time, starting with the bishops. So while we accept individual conversions, we're not actively seeking them.


  1. "And yes, in English it's "the Ukraine"; deal with it" - is there a particular reason you have a dog in this fight? Ukrainians seem to officially disagree with you, as does the majority of English media. (Or is it just some Russophilic geopolitical statement, in which you refuse to recognize Ukrainian independence?)

    Also, did you hear about a diocese of the tiny Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church that is seeking communion with the UGCC? Apparently, they recently held a Synod and Maj Abp Sviatoslav was one of the invitees.

    Last but not least, you really should visit our Ordinariate parish someday.

    1. I don't care about Ukrainian independence. "In Ukraine" sounds like putting on an Eastern European accent; most Slavic languages don't have articles (Bulgarian does but they're added to the end of the noun).

    2. I think the Bulgarian definite article is taken from Greek, e.g., "selo-to," the village. Cf.:

  2. "Our goal"--whose would that be? Who is the "we" in "we accept"? Are you speaking ex cathedra (again)?


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