The Superior of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Union with Rome, Schwetschuk: "The Russian Clergy has not asked for forgiveness, for annexing our entire property."
Vienna (kath.net/KAP) An actual obstacle involving the holdup of a meeting between the Pope and the Moscow Patriarch, is "the incapability of the Russian Orthodox Church, to recognize their own errors": This is what the Superior of the Greek Catholic Church in Union with Rome, Senior Archbishop Swjatoslaw Schewtschuk (or Shevchuk), told the organization "Pro Oriente" on Thursday as reported by Italian Catholic news agency, "SIR". The Moscow Patriarch Kyrill is saying that the conflict between Western Ukrainian conflict between Uniates and Orthoddox must be resolved before a meeting can take place between himself and Pope Benedict, says Shevchuk. The Senior Archbishop considers this, however, as a pretext.
Schwetschuk recalled that the Russian Orthodox Church was used by Stalin's regime to liquidate the Greek Catholic Church. "The Russian clergy have still not asked for forgiveness, for annexing the entire property of the Greek Catholic Church," said Schewtschuk. The ability, to ask for forgiveness, is yet an indicator of the presence of a living Christian conscience.
The Archbishop has made it clear that he is prepared, now as before, take a long and common look at the "Psuedo-Synod" of Lwiw (Lemberg) in 1946, at which Stalin's intervention forced the unification of the Greek Catholic Church and the Moscow Patriarchate. From 1946 to 2989 the Greek Catholic Church in west Ukraine only survived in the "catacombs".
As a positive example of ecumenical work on history and reconciliation, Schwetshuk described the apologies between the Polish Catholic Church and the Greek Catholic Church for the bloody conflicts in the years 1941-47 in the Polish-Ukrainian boarder area. There are also efforts to make similar requests for forgiveness between the Polish Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. Unfortunately, between the Greek Catholic and Russian Orthodox Church, there isn't even a symbolic act of reconciliation being undertaken.
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