- Dec 8, 2019
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Greek Catholic Ukrainian Church, is urging victims of violence, particularly clerical sexual abuse, to speak up, saying that survivors have the right not only to consolation but also justice.
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has urged those considering allowing priests in the Latin rite to marry in order to help solve a crippling vocation crisis to proceed with caution, saying marriage has not curbed shortages in his own rite.
Before a synod, bishops must learn what their people want and think and need, not so they can change church teaching, but so they can preach the Gospel more effectively, Pope Francis told the bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
As fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine, the major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church warned against “appeasing the aggressor” in the five-year war against Russian-backed separatists.
Pope Francis has invited bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church to the Vatican in July to find ways the Church can best serve their people, peace and the Gospel.
The formal recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine brings “a wind of hope” that new opportunities will be created for dialogue and concrete cooperation in the search for Christian unity, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.