- Sep 28, 2020
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.
In a message marking the anniversary of their country’s December 1991 referendum on independence from the Soviet Union, Ukrainian Catholic bishops said Ukrainians had a “right and sacred duty” to defend themselves against “Russian aggression,” but should also avoid yielding to alarm and panic.
A senior official in the Orthodox Church says “there’s no going backwards” in granting Ukrainian clerics full ecclesiastic independence from the Russian Orthodox Church to which they have been tied for hundreds of years.
Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of the Second World War,” according to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
Major Archbishop Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine says that while “dialogue at all costs” is the only alternative to confrontation, the perspective of clandestine believers still merits respect.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Greek Catholic Church Ukraine says the country’s bloody conflict boils down to a contest between Ukraine’s desire to step forward into Europe, and Russia’s desire to step back into the Soviet Union.