Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,649 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Ukrainian Catholic leader meets with Canadian PM, decries Russian actions

Catholic World News - May 14, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, condemned recent Russian actions during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“There was no tension between Ukrainians and Russians in Ukraine until the Russian government annexed Crimea,” Major Archbishop Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk told the Canadian leader during a recent meeting.

“Time and again, the government of the Russian Federation has shown its unwillingness to abide by international agreements,” he continued. “Once a foreign power begins to redraw international borders, people suffer.”

“The only way to bolster peace among peoples is to enable them to live together in multi-ethnic states-- not divide them through foreign intervention,” he added. “What would happen to Europe-- not to mention other continents-- if countries started redrawing borders on the basis of ethno-national background? It’s that approach that led to World War II.”

Prime Minister Harper’s office released a photograph of the meeting but did not publish the Canadian leader’s remarks.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,738 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,262.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - May. 15, 2014 7:08 AM ET USA

    Apparently, Archbishop Shevchuk condones the theft of Russian territory by Ukraine in 1954, when the Ukrainian dictator of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev, in a drunken stupor, signed a diktat that hived off a huge chunk of Russian land and transferred it to the sovereignty of Kiev. The Russian majority in this territory had no say in the matter. Overnight they became aliens in another country. Now, Russia wants that land restored to her, and Putin seems to be the one to do it, albeit by force.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6