Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Unrest in Ukraine brings new ecumenical opportunities, Catholic cardinal reports

Catholic World News - June 17, 2014

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, the retired Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, reports that ecumenical relations with the Ukrainian Orthodox have improved during the recent months of political unrest in Ukraine.

Historically, the cardinal explains, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Moscow Patriarchate has taken its lead from the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been hostile to Byzantine Catholics in Ukraine. But now, with Russia showing its determination to dominate Ukraine, the Orthodox are more receptive to talks with Ukrainian Catholics.

Speaking to Catholic World Report, Cardinal Husar says that Church leaders, Orthodox and Catholic, were sympathetic to the “Maidan movement.” He says: “The Church was not an agent, but served.”

Cardinal Husar—who was leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from 2001 until his retirement in 2011—recalls that St. John Paul II referred to Ukraine as an “ecumenical laboratory.” He says that Ukrainian prelates—again, both Orthodox and Catholic—would prefer to speak directly with each other, rather than to be represented by officials at the Vatican or 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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 3 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 3 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? 8 hours ago
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17