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Thursday, 4 August 2016

MP is Going to Point Up Uniate Misbehaviour in its Dialogue with the Vatican

00 Uniate blasphemy. 12.03.15

This is a blasphemous Uniate “icon”… I need say nothing more… it’s depraved and utterly repulsive…


The MP shall insist that dialogue with Roman Catholics include the problem of the Unia, especially, in light of harsh Uniate criticism of those taking part in the all-Ukrainian religious procession for peace and national reconciliation. On Tuesday, in Moscow, the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS) released a statement saying (in part):

In view of the unprecedented belligerent rhetoric of S Yu Shevchuk (Major Archbishop of the UGKTs) and L Ya Guzar (former Uniate head) in relation to the canonical UPTs/MP and the MP as a whole, the OVTsS believes that its most urgent for us to bring up the subject of the canonical and pastoral implications of the Unia at the next plenary session of the Joint Commission for Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue.

The next session of the Commission will be on 15-22 September in Chieti (Italy). The all-Ukrainian religious procession for peace and national reconciliation took place from 3-27 July, with columns coming from both the east and west, ending in Kiev on the eve of the feastday of the Baptism of Rus (28 July). In all, about 100,000 Orthodox believers took part in the procession. Meanwhile, the opponents of the peace march claimed that it was really a political action. In particular, Shevchuk likened the procession to a “human shield made up of civilians”. He blustered, “If the marchers utter anti-Ukrainian slogans and provocations, it’d mark the end of the MP in the Ukraine”. In turn, former Uniate head Guzar said, “[The UPTs/MP march] is a vile trick. It’s cynical; you really can’t imagine anything worse”.

The OVTsS statement said:

From these hateful statements, it’s clear that canonical Orthodoxy remains the target of fierce attacks by Uniate leaders. For centuries, when possible, the Uniates tried to oppose Orthodoxy with assistance from friendly civil authorities, or, if not, they used various insinuations, frauds, and deceit. Today, once again, with their politicised statements, the Uniate leadership is trying to drive a wedge between Orthodox and Catholics. We wonder whether it’s possible to conduct a dialogue with Roman Catholics on other theological subjects at a time when the Unia remains a bleeding wound, and when the Uniate leadership won’t stop blasphemous and politicised rhetoric against the canonical UPTs/MP. Thus, immediately, we must resume dialogue on the canonical and pastoral implications of the Unia, stopped because of Uniate complaints.

2 August 2016



Sunday, 13 May 2012

Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk Sez Relations with Catholics Important for Orthodox Christians


BelTA learned from the MP Belarusian Exarchate that Metropolitan Philaret Vakhromeyev of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus, said that relations with Roman Catholics are an important part of the religious dialogue of the Belarusian Exarchate as he met with Archbishop Cyril Vasil, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. His Eminence said, “The numerous ordeals our people went through taught them patience and how to be good neighbours. We don’t hold grudges against anyone and we’re open for dialogue. We believe that religious dialogue’s essential for accord and mutual understanding. Our relations with Roman Catholics are an important part of this dialogue. We appreciate the interest that the Catholic clergy and laity show to the Belarusian Exarchate and to our position on pertinent contemporary questions”.

Metropolitan Philaret emphasised that relations between Orthodox and the Vatican differed depending on cultural, historical, regional, and political factors, saying, “I think that we can attribute the good relations between Orthodox and Catholic believers in Belarus to absence of strife over so-called Uniatism. We hope that the disagreements we used to have are in the past and will never repeat them”. He quoted a statement made by the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue in Freising (June 1990), “Where ‘Uniatism’ was employed as a method, it failed to achieve its goal of bringing the Churches closer together; rather, it provoked new divisions. The situation thus created has been a source of conflict and suffering, and these have deeply marked the memory and the collective consciousness of the two Churches”. Referring to this and other documents related to Uniatism, His Eminence noted, “If we analysed what happened in other countries, we’d see that this isn’t just a theological issue, it’s a matter of civil peace and harmony”. He also thanked Archbishop Cyril for commemorating the victims of the Great Patriotic War.

Archbishop Cyril thanked Metropolitan Philaret for the meeting and for his great contributions to peacemaking and religious dialogue. He noted that this was his first visit to Belarus and he praised the level of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue. Attending the meeting were Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti (Apostolic Nuncio of Belarus), Fr Sergiusz Gajek (Apostolic Visitor for Greek-Catholic Christians in Belarus), Archbishop Gury Apalko of Novogrudok and Lida, Archpriest Nikolai Korzhich (Secretary of the Diocese of Minsk and Slutsk), Archpriest Aleksandr Shimbalev (Head of the Department of Education of the Diocese of Minsk and Slutsk), Archpriest Nikolai Bolokhovsky (MP Belarusian Exarchate). Archbishop Claudio gave Metropolitan Philaret a letter containing the Easter greetings of Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger.

Archbishop Cyril came to Belarus on 7 May and he visited various Catholic communities, taking part in a service to commemorate victims of the Nazis in Khatyn. He met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus, Belarus Ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican) Sergei Aleinik, and representatives of the Belarus Office of the Commissioner for Religions and Nationalities.

11 May 2012

BelTA Belarusian Telegraph Agency


Editor’s Note:

A friend wrote the following:

The Uniate “Church” is an invention of Rome that allows the use of the Orthodox Liturgy and rites, but recognises the Pope of Rome. This bastardised form of Christianity was simply a political/propaganda tool exploited during the Polish occupation in the Western Ukraine to pacify the region prior to the Ukraine’s liberation and reunification with Russia by Bogdan Khmelnitsky in 1654. To this day, the Uniate “Church” remains a problem in the Western Ukraine and is a hotbed of fascist nationalism.

This is true. Byelorussia’s mostly free of the tensions found in the Ukraine, mainly because less than 1 percent of its population are Uniate troublemakers. We outnumber them 80 to 1, so, they lay low (thank God). I agree with the statement:

Where “Uniatism” was employed as a method, it failed to achieve its goal of bringing the Churches closer together; rather, it provoked new divisions. The situation thus created has been a source of conflict and suffering, and these have deeply marked the memory and the collective consciousness of the two Churches.

We don’t need syncretistic traitors like John Erickson at SVS, who calls Uniates “United Oriental Churches”… don’t forget how this treacherous bastard laughed along with the Jesuit Uniate phoney Taft at the Holy Mountain. That’s unforgivable. Ordinary RCs are no problem… the front gate IS unlatched, and you know that the key’s under the mat. They are what they are… they aren’t a danger or a problem with us. However, we can’t rest until Rome disestablishes its Uniate conventicles. They’re a dagger pointed at our back and they’ll poison relations until they’re buried and gone.


A Comment from the Orthodox “Silent Majority”:

I just got this:

There’s no problem with Latin Catholics… there’s a big problem with Uniates.

I quite agree. What more is there to say?


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