They call Bill 9690, which envisages the transfer of the Kyiv Cave and Pochaiv Monasteries to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, provocative.
Why is it every time the Orthodox ,mainly the Moscow Patriarchate, does something in Ukraine it is labelled "provocative"? They forget that in the late 1500"s the Orthodox in that area were being persecuted by the Catholic Church and Eastern Rite. When the Basilian Fathers took control of the monastery, it fell into decline.
It is getting quite pathetic that Eastern Rite Catholics are quick to point the finger at Moscow and put unwarranted blame on the Russian Orthodox Church. They should realize that at some time Rome will fully Latinize them, as was being done to the Eastern Rite Churches in the USA. Go back to your roots.
How can they (Eastern Catholics) be proud of the fact that their forefathers were forced to change from Orthodoxy to Catholicism by a foreign power using force and/or guile?
Same with Islamised Albanians, Serbs (Bosnians) and Bulgars. They should be ashamed that their forefathers converted to Islam, and should re-convert to their traditional Orthodox faith.
Ukrainians should be ashamed that they were forced to convert to a foreign religion by their ruler for political expediency. BRING BACK PERUN!!!
Bring the worship of Quetzalcoatl back too. I think the annual droughts we've been having in Texas are caused by an insufficient human sacrifices to whatever Aztec god was in charge of rain.
Not to quibble, but the Aztec (and by extension their gods) never had any power in what is now Texas.
You all just need to dance more. Go talk to some Comanche, Apache and Pueblos.
No Dance! Is Great Fast!
Seriously though, the only online source of this story is from RISU and in reading the article, it appears not to be a formal statment by the Basilian Order, but rather reflects the personal opinion of one "Fr. Ivan (Maikovych), who was the superior of the Buchach Basilian Monastery of the Holy Cross in Ternopil Region for many years." He appeared to speak on behalf of a group of Basilian priests - not the Order per se. Without more information, I am not sure that one can view this as an act sanctioned by the UGCC.
It's called "plausible deniability." Should the person of "Fr. Ivan (Maikovych)" succeed in defeating Bill 9690, or worse yet, get the UGCC recognized as a claimant to the property, the UGCC (nor the Vatican) will be turning it down.
The situation in Ukraine (and to a lessor extent in eastern Slovakia) is, to be charitable - nuanced and multi-layered - and the argument of this priest is not dissimilar to the one made by our Orthodox brothers in the mid-1990's when the Cathedral churches in Lviv and Uzhorod were returned to the Greek Catholics after the 50 year period when the USSR outlawed the UGCC. Stepping back from that argument, in terms of history and law, the Greek Catholics had a strong claim tot he Lviv and Uzhorod properties while their claim to the monastery grounds in Kyiv is dubious.
The claim to the monastery grounds in Kiev rest on the same claims to St. George Cathedral in Lviv: i.e. the claim that they built it, ignoring the fact that to do so they tore down the Orthodox Cathedral (multiple times, btw) on the same site and seized it while the Orthodox Church labored under a murky legal status. I'm not an expert in real estate law, but don't you have to own the land before you build on it?
I would like to know who wrote this gem:
Lviv is a city of religious variety and there have been conflicts between different faiths. At one point over 60 churches existed in the city. The largest Christian churches have existed in the city since the 13th century. There are three major Christian groups: The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv, the Roman Catholics, and the Armenian Church. Each have had a diocesan seat in Lviv since the 16th century. The Golden Rose Synagogue was built in Lviv in 1582 and in the 18th century the Orthodox community left their allegiance to the Pope in Rome and became the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
This bond was forcibly dissolved in 1946 by the Soviet authorities and the Roman Catholic community was forced out by the expulsion of the Polish population. Since 1989, religious life in Lviv has experienced a revival.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lviv#Monuments_in_Lviv
Until 2005 Lviv was the only city with two Catholic Cardinals: Lubomyr Husar (Byzantine Rite) and Marian Jaworski (Latin Rite).
Lviv is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lviv, the centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine and until 21 August 2005 was the centre of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. About 35 per cent of religious buildings belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 11.5 per cent to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, 9 per cent to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchate and 6 per cent to the Roman Catholic Church.
Since that all adds up to 61.5%, leaving 38.5% of religious buildings. Who has them? The Armenians are not that numerous. As the article goes on to state, the once great community of Jews in Lviv has been wipped out, so they can't be making up the 38.5%. The article doesn't mention Protestants at all...do they even register their religious buildings? Can they? Since Islam, Buddhism etc. haven't made a dent among the masses of Lviv, that only leaves the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox, i.e. UOC-Moscow Patriarchate, to take up the bulk. Is that why the 38.5% are not labeled?
It is interesting how the UGCC had restoration of St. George of Lviv (then its primatial see) to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the "Union" of Brest. I wonder how much was celebrated-or even remembered-that the archbishop of Lviv, who sat on the Cathedra of Lviv in St. George (is he buried there?) refused to sign on, and it took over a century to impose it on the Orthodox diocese of Lviv.
If the UGCC got its hands on the Kievan Caves, it would be interesting to see Konstanty Ostrogorski roll in his grave there