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Quadrapartite Agreement/Comission Part 1:
STATEMENT: by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate in Connection with the
Leaving by the Catholics of the Eastern Rite of the Quadripartite Commission
for Normalizing Relations Between the Orthodox and the Catholics of the Eastern
Rite in the Western Regions of the Ukraine and Concerning the Decision Adopted
by the Lvov City Soviet of the People's Deputies on April 6, 1990
In August 1989, the Russian Orthodox Church, acting through fraternal contacts
with the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II, and his
representatives, and prompted by pastoral concern, displayed initiative on the
settlement of te position of the Catholics of the Eastern Rite in the Western
In accordance with the plans for settling the said problems, approved by both
sides, a quadripartie Commission, consisting of representatives of the Holy
See, the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and the Catholics
of the Eastern Rite, was working in Lvov on March 8-13, 1990.
As a result of the work, carried out by the Commission, involving trips,
on-the-spot inspection of churches by its members and meetings with believers,
the Commission unanimously adopted a number of practical decisions: churches
in the towns of Nestrov, Zoochev, Nikolaev, Yavorov, Stryj, and Borislav were
distributed between the Orthodox and the Uniates.
On the last day of the Commissions work, Archbishop Vladimir Sternyuk, one of
the representatives of the Catholics of the Eastern Rite, suddenly left the
commission, BUT THE CATHOLIC SIDE THE DECLARED THAT WORK COULD BE CONTINUED,
SINCE THEIR OTHER REPRESENTATIVE WAS PRESENT, AND THE PRINCIPLE OF
REPRESENTATION BY THE FOUR SIDES WAS THUS OBSERVED.
On March 13th, the Commission approved the statement on the results of the
first meeting, stressing that this was only the beginning of the process of
settlement, after which representatives of the Churches would go over to
considering other outstanding questions. To prevent acts of extremism,
Commission members, acting on behalf of their respective churches, PLEDGED TO
EXCLUDE ANY POSSIBILITY OF FORCIBLE SEIZURES OF CHURCHES.
The Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate approved the results of the
Commissions work and declared that our Church is ready to continue her efforts
to settle this problem.
However, on Mrach 22nd, the Lvov newspaper, Leninska molodj, published a
"Statement of the Episcopate of the Greek Catholic Church in the Ukraine
Concerning the Talks of the Quadripartite Commission on Relations Between the
Orthodox and the Catholics", announcing the invalidity of the documents issued
by the Commission in the process of these talks, "including all documents on
the transfer of churches. MOREOVER, THE SAME STATEMENT SAYS THAT EVERYTHING
PRESENTED BY VLADYKAS FROM THE UKRAINE HAS BEEN AGREED UPON WITH POPE JOHN
Following this statement, the seizures of Orthodox churches, involving acts of
violence and lawlessness, became frequent. Uniate leaders call for banishing
the Orthodox Church from the territory of the Western Ukraine. It is
noteworthy that in its Statement the episcopate of the Ukrainian Catholics
declares that 'THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE ONLY CHURCH IN THE
In many towns and villages the Orthodox are compelled to pray right in the
street. The life of the Orthodox people in Galicia is clouded by tears and
Instead of observing the law and ensuring their citizens' security, the local
authorities take a one sided anti-Orthodox stand The most striking
illustration of this is the recent decision of the Lvov City Soviet to take St
Yur Cathedral and the bishops residence away from the Orthodox believers and
turn them over to the Catholics of the Eastern Rite. On the eve of the feast
of Holy Pascha the Orthodox may find themselves in the street!
Lawlessness has reached the limit in the Western Ukraine, and the inimical
tension in relations to believers of the two communities is fraught with
unpredictable complications. While it is not to late, the Holy Synod once
again calls for an end to the brother-hating relations and for finding, in the
spirit of Christ's love, a just and legitimate way of settling the problem.
We believe that the Ukrainian consanguineous brothers and sisters and their
religious pastors are capable of reaching agreements restoring conditions for a
peaceful and quiet life in ther native land.
The Holy Synod hopes that the Holy See will pay attention to the complicated
situation with regard to the settlement of the problems of the Catholics of the
Eastern Rite in the Western Ukraine and will not allow these events to affect
the developement of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue. IN THIS CONNECTION WE CALL
IN QUESTION THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF THE UNIATE EPISCOPATE'S ALLEGATION THAT
THEIR PRONOUNCEMENTS HAVE BEEN AGREED UPON WITH POPE JOHN PAUL II, BECAUSE
THIS ALLEGATION IS AT VARIANCE WITH THE VATICAN'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT, WHICH
SAYS: "THE HOLY SEE IS HIGHLY SATISFIED WITH THE AGREEMENT REACHED BY ITS
ENVOYS IN COOPERATION WITH ORTHODOX REPRESENTATIVES."
The Church calls upon all her faithful children to pray for the persecuted and
suffering brothers and sisters in Galicia, to raise their voice in their
defense and to give them all possible assistance.
We ask for the personal interference of President of the Soviet Union M.
Gorbachev and the highest authorities of the Ukrainian SSR in order to
establish law and order, pu an end to violence, annul the Lvov City Soviets's
decision concerning St Yur Cathedral and the bishop's residence in Livov
return the forcibly seized churches, ensure a normal church life and help
overcome the difficult problems inherited from the past.
Resolutely protesting against the stand taken by the local authorities in the
Western Ukraine, particulary in Lvov, the Holy Synod declares that the path
they have chosen further aggravates the inter-religious situation and enmity
amidst the Ukrainian people rather than promotes the settlement of conflicts.
We pray to God, Who vanquished all evil forces on earth by His Ressurection,
also to resurrect our souls for love, fraternity, and peace!
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