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Faith & Theology
4 hours ago
Originally Posted by dochawk
Originally Posted by ajk

Originally Posted by dochawk
You might take a peak at the Melkite, too--I was stunned to find that they also have this practice . . .
What practice is that?


the hot water added to the cup.

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Why "stunned"?


It originated in churches that were so cold and poorly insulated in winter that the wine freezing was an issue--thus the slavic practice.

The Melkites however, are in a mediterranean climate.

hawk

Zeon preceded the evangelization of the Northern Slavs.
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Church News
6 hours ago
Originally Posted by SwanOfEndlessTales
Is the Metropolitan church really so dysfunctional that they need an administrator appointed from Rome? What's going on?


My immediate reaction was that this looks like the first millennium role of Rome that Orthodox speak of . . . a bishop has a dispute with th head bishop of his church, which made it to the civil courts. If Rome can handle this successfully, maybe it is a sign of hope.

Originally Posted by Utroque
Well, I guess I was thinking of the OCA. They're not perfect, but at least they are trying to get over this ethnic hump that hampers us all, IMHO. In any case, I find it scandalous and evangelically counter productive.


The church formerly known as Ruthenian seems long past that . . .

hawk
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Faith & Theology
6 hours ago
Originally Posted by ajk

Originally Posted by dochawk
You might take a peak at the Melkite, too--I was stunned to find that they also have this practice . . .
What practice is that?


the hot water added to the cup.

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Why "stunned"?


It originated in churches that were so cold and poorly insulated in winter that the wine freezing was an issue--thus the slavic practice.

The Melkites however, are in a mediterranean climate.

hawk
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Town Hall
Yesterday at 06:48 PM
They enjoyed it. Sorry I took so long to answer . I hadn't looked here in awhile. The Lord Bless!
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Town Hall
08/12/18 09:42 PM
Looking back, it was a grave mistake for the former Eparchy of Van Nuys to move its HQ from Los Angeles (Northridge) to Phoenix.

While the chancery building was indeed severely damaged by an earthquake, and while land in the San Fernando Valley is quite expensive, the eparchy should have rebuilt or moved within Los Angeles Co./Orange Co.

Not only is SoCal the eparchy's historical home dating to the 1950s, California has more than double the parishes of any other state. It's a positive thing for the chancery to be near as many parishes as possible.

I would also suggest that Annunciation Parish in Anaheim, CA is easily the most beautiful and grand church/cathedral in the entire eparchy.

Would there be a huge amount of effort and costs involved to move the chancery back to Los Angeles or Orange County if finances ever allowed?
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Town Hall
08/10/18 01:30 AM
It is Czekaj in Polish. Or cekaj in Slovak, though cakaj is literary Slovak. It does mean wait.
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Town Hall
08/09/18 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by BinghamtonNYRosic
I remember a few of these from my childhood. There was something like "Check-it" which I think meant wait. My grandmother would repeat it a few times while glaring at you. It could mean wait until I get you home, or it could mean wait until you're older, then you'll understand. Or maybe it was more like "check-eye"


The Pennsylvania Dutch version is "quit your brutszin!"
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The Kliros
08/05/18 07:25 PM
First Annual UGCC Liturgical Singing Conference

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The inaugural and first annual Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church Liturgical Singing Conference (UGCCSingCon) for cantors, singers, choir directors, clergy, and all those interested in church singing, will be held in Parma, Ohio, from October 5 to 7, 2018, at Pokrova Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. This gathering is organized by the Patriarchal Liturgical Commission of the UGCC, presided over by His Grace VENEDYKT, Bishop of Chicago, and hosted this year by His Grace BOHDAN, Bishop of Parma. The goal of this conference is to advance the state and quality of Church music in the UGCC.


Further information, including schedule, via the link above.
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Geek Hall
08/04/18 10:56 PM
I have now added Great Vespers for Sundays and Feast Days to this smartphone app, but because of the extra work and lack of revenue from other sources or donors, I'm asking a mere $2.00 per week/feast to access the files. You can find the "premium" button on the app menu named "Great Vespers."

We're also offering Great Vespers (in three files -- Propers, Reader Service for laity, Clergy) as a paid subscription email service -- $10.00 per month. You can subscribe on our website here:

http://ecpubs.com/product-category/subscription_electronic/

Jack
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The Revised Divine Liturgy
08/04/18 04:17 PM

Well it has turned out the conclusion must be delayed since, besides Delehaye, two more works have become available that provide additional insight.

Delehaye's work had been mentioned in a previous post of mine that quoted a footnote in a blog saying:
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The Passio which is based on the eigth [sic]-century anonymous Vita, educatio et miracula of Theodore the Recruit (BHG 1764), was edited by H. Delehaye, Les légendes grecques des saints militaires (Paris, 1909), 183-201, app. V. Vita et miracula (1764).

I had commented that the BHG was not available online but only later found that Delehaye's work is available, the link given in my previous post. (The blog footnote incorrectly identifies the BHG abbreviation as the Bibliographia Hagiographica Graeca when it is actually the Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca link.) The blog footnote first mentions the work of Halkin. This is the same Halkin and reference brought to our attention by Fr. David in this thread Post303104, as I noted in Post418387. After some digging I found Halkin's article available online for viewing here page 308. Having this helps to clarify the content of the blog reference, what it is saying. It also illustrates the difficulties of interpreting Theodore's given surname because of presumptions that become attached as part of his name, presumptions that may be understandable but also can germinate a bias. For instance as I noted in a previously referenced posts, Fr. David says

Originally Posted by Fr. David
In 1962 F. Halkin published "The Life of Theodore the Recruit" in Analecta Bollandia LXXX (1962), pp. 308-324.
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Here at face value it seems Theodore is obviously called "the Recruit." But the blog gives it as
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F. Halkin, ‘Un opuscule inconnu du magistre Nicéphore Ouranos (La Vie de S. Théodore le Conscrit)

The main title is about an "opuscule inconnu," an unknown/obscure booklet of Magister Nicephore Ouranos and it is only a parenthetical subtitle that has, in the original Greek (see below) in French translation, Théodore le Conscrit, and that thus becoming Theodore the Recruit, the Conscript, a designation that is an interpretation and designation of Halkin. This may already seem convoluted but there is even more to it as the blog footnote correctly gives a further detail.
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313-324, cf. the title, p. 313: marturion tou hagiou megalomarturos Theodôrou tou tèrônos suggrafen para Nikèforou magistrou tou Ouranou.

So, this article of Halkin is about Nicephorus Ouranos and it is Nicephorus as the author that Halkin writes about in pp 308-313. Then the actual Greek text of the "opuscule inconnu" of Nicephorus is on pp 313-324; the title on 313 is:
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This is the actual title and it is not an unambiguous naming of Theodore as the Recruit/conscrit but analogous to the designation of the author as Nikephorou magistrou tou Ouranou, that is, Nikephor magister of Ouranos or Nikephor magister Ouranos, it is, applying in an analogous manner, Theodorou tou tērōnos, that is, Theodore of tērōnos or Theodore tērōnos.

To reiterate, this reference gives the 10th c. Greek of Nicephorus Ouranos' hagiographic work about Theodore (from a 13th c. manuscript), and Halkin is writing in 1962, not about Theodore per se, but about Nicephorus Ouranos.

Who then is this Nicéphore Ouranos? A nice, short description is give in the body of the blog article with the much discussed footnote. That blog article, BTW, is entitled Fainting fits and their causes: a topos in two Middle Byzantine metaphraseis by Nicetas the Paphlagonian and Nicephorus Ouranos; it is authored by Dirk Krausmüller who writes:
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Nicephorus Ouranos was an aristocrat who served Emperor Basil II (976-1025) in various functions, finally becoming gouvernor of the province of Antioch on the Orontes.10 From his writings it appears that he was a deeply pious man.11 He imitated his mentor Symeon Metaphrastes by leading the life of a monk in the midst of wordly affairs.12 And like Symeon Metaphrastes, Nicephorus Ouranos was an author of hagiographical texts. Apart from the Life of Symeon of the Wondrous Mountain he wrote a Passio of Theodore the Recruit which is also based on an older model.13

Nicaphorus/Nikephoros then was a magistros / μάγιστρος of the same Emperor Basil II whose Menologion was discussed previously. Of the several different spellings for Theodore's surname, in both this Passio by Nicaphorus, as transcribed from a 13th c. Athonite Monastery codex, and the actual 10th c. Menologion of his emperor Basil II, the name/designation is essentially the same Θεοδώρου τόυ/τοῦ τήρωνος.

(to be continued)

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Vespers, Matins & the Divine Liturgy
08/02/18 08:49 PM
Please find below the canonical legislation that pertains to the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church in regards to the divine praises.

I have listed them in order of the most general law CCEC to the most particular law.

The section from the Instruction for Applying the Liturgical Prescriptions of the CCEC should not be ignored for it speaks of an attitude and interprets can. 377 of CCEC.


Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, can. 377 reads:
Canon 377 - All clerics must celebrate the divine praises according to the particular law of their own Church sui iuris.



CHAPTER XIII of the Instruction for Applying . . . .

The Divine Praises

95. Christian prayer

Writing to the Ephesians, Paul the Apostle offers an indicative framework of the elements which should characterize the way in which believers live and especially their prayerful relationship with God: "Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another [in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father" (Eph. 5:18-20). Christian prayer always has its source in the Holy Spirit, who bestows rivers of living water that flow from the glorified Christ (cf. Jn. 7:38-39); it is the Spirit who alone knows the secrets of God (cf. I Cor. 2:11), the only one who knows what and how to pray and intercedes for us in prayer (cf. Rom. 8:26-27).

The believer responds to this gift, is ready to listen to the word of God and offers the readiness of his or her heart to believe that Christ is the Son of God, sent by the Father to accomplish our salvation (cf. Jn. 6:29). The Apostle, in fact, bids us to sing praises to the Lord in our hearts, referring by this expression not just to the abode of sentiments, but to the inmost center of every human being, as shown by Jesus' reprimand of those who surrounded him: "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me" (Mt. 15:8).

The Old Testament already calls for prayer seven times a day (cf. Ps. 118 [119]:164) so that it is extended to the entire day. The same precept is insistently reiterated in the New Testament, where the Lord reminds us of the need to "pray always, without becoming weary" (Lk. 18:1).

96. The meaning of the Divine Praises

"Do not be negligent of yourselves, do not deprive the Savior of his own limbs, do not divide his body, do not scatter his members, do not prefer the needs of this world to the word of God, but reunite every day, morning and evening, singing psalms and praying in the house of the Lord."78 The Divine Praises continuously rekindle the spirit of vigilance in the desire for the return of the Lord and sanctify the whole day; recalling the memory of the presence of the Lord, they distribute his grace, permeating and inserting all of existence into the trinitarian life. They sanctify the believer in the dimension of time in which he or she lives, throughout the hours, days, weeks, months and years, as true prayer without interruption, according to the apostolic command. The term itself, "Divine Praises" - related to expressions frequently used in Sacred Scripture and liturgical texts, such as 'sacrifice of praise,' 'spiritual sacrifice,' 'rational sacrifice' - given, in some churches, to the worship that extends to the various hours of the day, points out the religious dimension which transforms the life of man and puts it in personal communion with the Trinity. The unanimous Christian tradition of the East and West has always recognized the multiple forms assumed by monastic life as the privileged place in which this dimension is realized.

The Divine Praises are each Church's school of prayer, instructing in the ancient way of glorifying God in Christ as one Body, in union with and by the example of its Head.

97. Components of the Divine Praises and their importance for knowledge of Eastern spirituality

The celebration of the prayer of time is interwoven with Sacred Scripture, the Word given by God for "teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work" (2 Tm. 3:16-17). The table of the Word is lavishly prepared not only through the Lectionaries, which gather the biblical texts to be proclaimed and organically arrange them in the order of the liturgical year, but also through the very rich collection of liturgical hymns, of which all the Eastern Churches can be justly proud, which are but the "continuation of the Word which is read, understood, assimilated and finally sung (...) sublime paraphrases of the biblical text, filtered and personalized through the individual's experience and that of the community"79

A rich and prodigiously developed hymnody and euchology constitute probably the most original part of the Eastern liturgical celebrations. Multiple influences, predominantly Syrian and Hellenic, mutually establish and enrich each other to lead to contemplation of the Christian Mystery, according to the global vision of the Fathers of the Church. Compiled by numerous authors, especially by monks who throughout the centuries have unceasingly dedicated themselves to prayer, the texts of the Divine Praises transmit to us as inheritance the very rich and inalienable patrimony of spiritual life. They correspond to the specific features of each of the Eastern Churches, in which they are still deeply rooted. Like the Sacred Scripture, they need to be scrutinized and meditated to reveal the precious pearls they contain. The Divine Praises are, therefore, a privileged place for a study of the Christian spirituality which begins with the prayer of the Church.

98. The communitarian celebration of the Divine Praises is to be restored according to the liturgical books

The Eastern Catholic Churches have often run the risk of omitting the communal and solemn celebration of the Divine Praises, substituting it with individual recitation of the Divine Office, on the part of the clergy, while the daily celebration of the Eucharist has remained often almost the only form of communal liturgy. Where such practice of celebrating the Divine Praises with the people has diminished, if not completely disappeared, the ancient tradition should be restored without delay, so as not to deprive the faithful of a privileged source of prayer, nourished by treasures of authentic doctrine.

It is desired that a renewal of monasticism in the Eastern Catholic Churches, felt as urgent in many places, allow monasteries to once again become the place in which the Divine Praises resound in a privileged and solemn way. Calling upon the time when the Divine Praises were upheld with special care in the East, not only by the monastic communities, but also by the parishes, the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches reminds us of the obligation - often easily forgotten or abandoned - to celebrate them in the cathedrals, parishes, rectorial churches, religious communities and seminaries.80 It is necessary to observe the prescriptions of the liturgical books (can. 309), but a superficial observance is not sufficient: those responsible must do their best for the faithful to understand the meaning and value of this prayer, love it, take part and find spiritual nourishment in it.81 They ought to thus formed through a true mystagogical program, which allows them to attain nourishment for their own spiritual life from the celebration of the various moments of the liturgical year.

99. Individual prayer of the Divine Praises

Can. 377 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches establishes that "all clerics must celebrate the divine praises according to the particular law of their own Church sui iuris." It is, therefore, an obligation for the clergy. The ideal form of celebration, better manifesting the value of prayer by the Church and for the Church, is certainly communal, which is to be realized and encouraged as a priority. When objective reasons impede a communal form of celebration, clerics are to at least pray individually with the sacred texts of the Divine Praises, constantly interceding in the name of all for the people entrusted to them, for the needs of the Church and the whole world, as befits a good pastor. The authorities of the Churches sui iuris are to establish reasonable norms to regulate such individual prayer, giving preference, after careful study in the selection process of the texts, to the parts which are traditionally more important with respect to the structure of each Church's own liturgy, and taking into account the real possibilities of the clergy. The texts thus elaborated could also be of use, next to the more complete and traditional forms of the Divine Praises, for nurturing the prayer of individuals, families, or groups of the lay faithful.


КАНОНИ ПАРТИКУЛЯРНОГО ПРАВА УКР АЇНСЬКОЇ ГРЕКО-КАТОЛИЦЬКОЇ ЦЕРКВИ
THE CANONS OF THE PARTICULAR LAW OF THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH
reads:

Кан. 56
(кан. 377 ККСЦ)
Усі священнослужителі зобов’язані щодня публічно чи приватно молитися принаймні якусь цілісну частину богослужінь добового кола: або утреню, або всі часи, або вечірню, або повечір’я, або північну, − відповідно до можливостей та часу доби, хіба що поважна причина звільняла б їх від цього обов’язку.
Can. 56
(CCEO, can. 377)
All clerics must celebrate at least some integral part of the divine services of the daily cycle every day, publically or privately: or matins, or all the hours, or vespers, or compline, or midnight prayer, considering all possibilities and the time of day, unless a grave reason would release them from this obligation.
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08/02/18 06:40 PM
Well, I guess I was thinking of the OCA. They're not perfect, but at least they are trying to get over this ethnic hump that hampers us all, IMHO. In any case, I find it scandalous and evangelically counter productive.
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08/02/18 05:45 PM
Originally Posted by Utroque
Oh my, dear. It's 2018. Isn't it time for the Ruthenians, Ukrainians, Melkites and other eparchies of Byzantine rite Catholics in the United States and Canada to unite into one North American jurisdiction, use a common liturgical English translation and praxis akin to our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and peacefully get on with the more serious task of Evangelization. The Holy Spirit is not going to bring this about; only serious, devote and holy bishops, imbued with the Holy Spirit will. Get on with it. The faithful are waiting now and unto ages of ages.

Akin to our Orthodox brothers and sisters? They have none of the things you named, sometimes even in the same jurisdiction. Which should clue you in to why we don’t either.
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Church News
08/02/18 02:02 AM
Oh my, dear. It's 2018. Isn't it time for the Ruthenians, Ukrainians, Melkites and other eparchies of Byzantine rite Catholics in the United States and Canada to unite into one North American jurisdiction, use a common liturgical English translation and praxis akin to our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and peacefully get on with the more serious task of Evangelization. The Holy Spirit is not going to bring this about; only serious, devote and holy bishops, imbued with the Holy Spirit will. Get on with it. The faithful are waiting now and unto ages of ages.
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Vespers, Matins & the Divine Liturgy
08/02/18 12:37 AM
That matter is left to particular law. The law of Pittsburgh Metropolia reads:
Canon 377
“When common prayer of the Divine Praises is not possible, all clerics should recite the divine praises privately in a manner to be established by the competent authority.“

However, the Metropolia has yet to publish a text or establish the manner how to it.

I suspect most of us prayer an hour or two or recite the psalms by themselves.
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Church News
08/01/18 11:39 PM
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Church News
08/01/18 08:10 PM
Is the Metropolitan church really so dysfunctional that they need an administrator appointed from Rome? What's going on?
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Church News
08/01/18 04:14 PM

Originally Posted by Administrator
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Bishop Olmsted’s full statement follows:

“The Holy Father has named me as the Apostolic Administrator for the Eparchy of Phoenix, also known more formally as the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix. (An eparchy is the same as a diocese in the Roman / Latin Church.)

Let me first state that this appointment has not come about because of any personal misconduct of any kind on the part of Bishop Pazak. Indeed, Bishop Pazak remains as the Bishop of this Eparchy.

However, over the past year there have been some disagreements about administrative matters within the Byzantine Ruthenian Church here in North America, of which the Eparchy of Phoenix is a part. Because of some unfortunate legal developments in these matters, their resolution has been unnecessarily complicated, which have unintentionally endangered the peace, unity and communion within the Eastern Catholic Church.

The Holy Father has determined that it is necessary to appoint an Apostolic Administrator for the time being in order to:

- facilitate the task of resolving these legal matters, and;
- to support the efforts on everyone’s part to build up the communion within among the other eparchies of the Eastern Catholic Church.

There is no fixed term to my appointment, and I am happy to serve in any way that will support my brothers and sisters in this Eparchy.”


Thank you Bishop Olmsted (and John) for this explanation.

I am happy not to be informed about problems in our Metropolitan Church as they are being resolved. I am not happy to be informed about those problems in this way.
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08/01/18 03:46 PM
Links:
- http://www.byzcath.org/index.php/ne...ator-of-the-byzantine-eparchy-of-phoenix (provides more details)
- https://dphx.org/pope-francis-names...tor-of-the-byzantine-eparchy-of-phoenix/ (press release at Diocese of Phoenix)

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Bishop Olmsted’s full statement follows:

“The Holy Father has named me as the Apostolic Administrator for the Eparchy of Phoenix, also known more formally as the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix. (An eparchy is the same as a diocese in the Roman / Latin Church.)

Let me first state that this appointment has not come about because of any personal misconduct of any kind on the part of Bishop Pazak. Indeed, Bishop Pazak remains as the Bishop of this Eparchy.

However, over the past year there have been some disagreements about administrative matters within the Byzantine Ruthenian Church here in North America, of which the Eparchy of Phoenix is a part. Because of some unfortunate legal developments in these matters, their resolution has been unnecessarily complicated, which have unintentionally endangered the peace, unity and communion within the Eastern Catholic Church.

The Holy Father has determined that it is necessary to appoint an Apostolic Administrator for the time being in order to:

- facilitate the task of resolving these legal matters, and;
- to support the efforts on everyone’s part to build up the communion within among the other eparchies of the Eastern Catholic Church.

There is no fixed term to my appointment, and I am happy to serve in any way that will support my brothers and sisters in this Eparchy.”
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Church News
08/01/18 02:34 PM
Originally Posted by akemner
What happened to Bishop John Pazak?
Incredibly the communication manages to make no mention of him. Rather it functions primarily to publicize the Latin Diocese of Phoenix and its bishop. Bishop Pazak is but he isn't? I think it's well past time for our church leaders to learn and practice transparency. What inept communication.


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Church News
08/01/18 02:06 PM
Actually, «sede plena» means that the bishop’s seat is not empty, opposite of «sede vacante». In other words an apostolic administrator «sede plena» takes over for the bishop who remains in office but is not able to carry out his duties for some reason. So Pavel Ivanovich is basically right smile
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Church News
08/01/18 01:52 PM
That is what I figured. Thanks.
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Church News
08/01/18 01:43 PM
Means the Apostolic Administrator has full power in the Eparchy.
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Church News
08/01/18 01:25 PM
Still waiting for clarification. No official announcements say anything about Bp. Pazak at all. Bp. Olmstead is Ap. Admin. "sede plena" but I don't know Latin so I have to rely on Google Translate.
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Church News
08/01/18 12:36 PM
Horizons (the newspaper of the Eparchy of Parma of the Ruthenians) just posted this. What happened to Bishop John Pazak?

Pope Francis Names Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted As Apostolic Administrator of the Byzantine Eparchy of Phoenix

August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, as the Apostolic Administrator Sede Plena of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic eparchy of Phoenix. Bishop Olmsted will also retain his current Office as Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix.

The announcement was publicized in Washington on August 1, 2018 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Olmsted has served as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix since December 20, 2003.

Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, Bishop Olmsted served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas from 2001-2003, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector and President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1974, Bishop Olmsted has been a member of the Jesus Caritas ­fraternity of priests. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., July 2, 1973.

For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1981) and worked more than nine years as an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State from 1979 to 1988. During his time in Rome, he was also an assistant spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College.

Bishop Olmsted is currently a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

The Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix (formerly known as the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Van Nuys) is the Catholic eparchy (diocese) governing most Byzantine Ruthenian Catholics in the Western United States. The Eparchy's territorial jurisdiction consists of thirteen Western States. Currently, Holy Protection Eparchy of Phoenix has 19 parishes and one mission under its canonical jurisdiction.

The diocese of Phoenix, Arizona comprises 43,967 square miles. It has a total population of 4,734,036 people of which 1,188,243 or 25 percent, are Catholic.

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Keywords: Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, Diocese of Phoenix, Byzantine Ruthenian Catholics.
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