Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Russian patriarch charges Ukrainian Catholics promote 'Russophobic' attitudes

Catholic World News - May 28, 2014

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has accused the Ukrainian Catholic Church of “engaging in direct political activities” and encouraging “Russophobic” attitudes in Ukraine.

Speaking on May 28 at the Russian foreign ministry, Patriarch Kirill said that leaders of the Byzantine Catholic community in Ukraine have been stirring up resentments against Russia and “making sharp statements against the Russian Orthodox Church.” The conflict, he said, has cast a “very sad shadow” over relations between the Moscow patriarchate and the Holy See.

The Russian Orthodox Church has frequently complained about the activities of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, charging that the Byzantine Catholics are interfering in the “canonical territory” of the Moscow patriarchate.

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!

Progress toward our July expenses ($21,532 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,467.95
62% 38%
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 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: [email protected] - May. 29, 2014 7:19 PM ET USA

    The Russian Orthodox Church has always been a front for the Russian government in recent history. It is all about politics to them and everyone else be damned.

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - May. 28, 2014 11:32 PM ET USA

    Ukrainian Catholic hierarchy supports Ukraine and Ukrainian patriotism. If that's Russophobic,then may they be even more Russophobic in the future! Besides, it's hard not to be "phobic" of people who invade your country, unfairly take your land, march and station troops at your border and send in a bunch of hoods to terrorize people, shoot your army and occupy government buildings. That would sure make most people phobic. Instead of opposing such crime, like a Christian teacher, he complains!

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

A Fresh Range of Topics 1 hours ago
Through an even darker glass: On knocking the popes for socialism.... 2 hours ago
Making Moral Progress? July 3
Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision July 2
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited July 2

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15