From the Ukrainian Catholic weekly -Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿-+-ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦-ÃƒÆ’ (The Way
), March 9, from an interview in Progress
Ukrainian Catholic News (Canada?) with Patriarch Lubomyr I, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (though the headline calls him Lubomyr Cardinal Husar):
Q: The Ukrainian Catholic Church has never been as overtly 'evangelical' as the Roman Catholic Church, which has and continues to send out numerous missionaries throughout the world. What method should the UCC pursue to spread the message of the gospel?
A. First of all we have to say the very unpleasant fact that we were not permitted to do any missionary work, that the Latin Church has considered this to be their own exclusive field of action. We simply have not been permitted to exercise missionary activity.
... But... we are open to anyone who wishes to come.
Questions to Catholic experts: Is that still true? If so, why? Seems to really contradict the picture painted by some of a communion of equal Churches under the Pope - the Roman Rite is clearly in charge. Figures, in a way - an old Internet enemy (claimed to be Catholic too) once claimed that all Eastern Catholics are only 2% of all Catholics.
ISTM the Byzantine Catholic enterprise in America is not taken seriously (certainly not by the RCs), including by the BCs themselves (the rank and file don't really want to be Eastern anyway, and their ethnic third generation is assimilating away) - treated by the Catholic authorities in a similarly condescending way as the Tridentine indult groups and the Anglican Use conservative converts. The thinking of John Ireland and Nicholas Elko is very much alive. The BCs functionally aren't Churches in communion with the Roman; they're little ethnic-oriented chaplaincies run BY the Romans.
Roman Catholic traditionalists are great culture warriors, prolific writers and even political activists opposing everything from abortion to the war on Iraq. Likewise Eastern Orthodox such as the late Fr Seraphim (Rose) who while fallible took modernity apart in his writings. Not so the BCs, at least not nearly as much. (Notable exception, regarding Church matters such as liturgy and theology: Fr Serge Keleher