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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Court Orders the Removal of a Plaque in Honour of Uniate Cardinal Iosif Slipy in Kharkov

Anti-Semitic recruitment poster for the  14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Galician Nr 1) “Galizien”… Slipy knew that posters of this sort were up, and he knew of the anti-Semitic policies of the Waffen SS (which he supported)… so, his imprisonment was proper; he was a traitor many times over.


A local court ordered the removal of a memorial plaque in honour of Uniate Cardinal Iosif Slipy in Kharkov after the NGO Великая Русь (Great Russia) filed a suit about it. “The City Council didn’t make a decision on this matter, it was only a third-party invited by the court to give information”, Kharkov City Councilman Aleksei Khoroshkovaty told Interfax. He told us that the plaque was illegally installed in 2008. The present plaque is the second one at the site. The so-called Union of Ukrainian Youth placed the memorial there after unknown parties stole the first one, placed there in 2005 by order of then-Mayor Vladimir Shumilkin. The first plaque, Khoroshkovaty said, violated local codes, the City Council didn’t agree with the text of the inscription and the installation site. The second plaque was unofficial, placed “without prior arrangement” or legal permission. He said, “They placed the plaque on the GAI (traffic police) station in Leninsky Raion, which at one time was a prison, where supposedly the Soviets imprisoned Slipy. This is a distortion of historical events”. According to Interfax, however, Roman Cheremsky, a spokesman for the Union of Ukrainian Youth, sent a telegram to the Ukrainian President and the Minister of Internal Affairs, and filed a statement with the police. “We’ve submitted an application for a criminal investigation and seek prosecution under the laws involving cultural vandalism and destruction of property, we will seek compensation and the return of the plaque to its original site”, Cheremsky said.

Cardinal Iosif Slipy (1892-1984) was a Uniate Catholic bishop. In 1944, after the death of Metropolitan Andrew Sheptitsky, he took over leadership of the UGKTs. In April 1943, he took an active part in forming the Waffen-SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Galizien. Slipy set up a recruiting point at his seminary, and the first draft of volunteers to the Galizien Division included 23 of its graduates. In 1945, Soviet authorities arrested him due to his pro-Nazi and Banderist activities, sentencing him to eight years hard labour in Siberia. In 1963, thanks to intervention from John XXIII Roncalli the Pope of Rome and US President John F Kennedy, the Soviets released Slipy from prison, expelled him to the West, where he took part in Vatican II. After leaving the USSR, he founded the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome and built the Basilica of Santa Sophia. In 1965, he became a cardinal. In 1992, the Uniates transferred his remains to Lvov and buried them in their Cathedral of St George.

19 November 2010



Editor’s Note:

The Galicians, their rabid RC supporters such as George Weigel, and their amen corner in the GOP all cry crocodile tears over Slipy. Slipy favoured the Nazis and recruited volunteers to fight for Hitler’s cause. He should’ve fled West in 1944… in other words, he was a “martyrdom seeker” of the worst sort, and the church canons condemn that in the strongest possible terms. This is GOOD NEWS. The Yanukovich government doesn’t support the Uniates or the schismatics (both have American backing, by the way); they support the canonical UOC/MP. Things are looking up and this is a healthy sign of it. Now, what we need is a statue of Fr Mikhail Shuvar in Lvov (a Uniate mob maimed him; his death was untimely as a result)… that’d be fitting, and it’d be a proper rebuke to the Uniate scum.


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