Contrary to what you state, there is a long history of episcopal and popular support for the Mukachevo Eparchy inclusion in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
When Mukachevo was declared to be part of Carpatho-Ukraine in 1938, the Ruthenian Greek-Catholic (Byzantine) bishops fully declared themselves to be Ukrainian. These facts are documented.
When the same region fell to the Hungarian facists, Ruthenian (bishop to be) Margitych fought the invaders as part of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army - UPA ( Ukrajinska Povstanska Armia)
. See obituary of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Bishop: Bishop Margitych of Mukachevo - Obituary
(btw - I bet this is something Hungarian Professor would not like you to know about
Many Greek-Catholics from Carpatho-Ukraine were forced to flee to the West because of the Soviet menace. The vast majority of Carpatho-Ruthenians who emigrated after the war joined the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and prospered. We have posted in the past of Monsignor Baran of the UGCC in Winnipeg, Manitoba who published much about the eparchy.
When the Zakarpattia region became part of the Soviet Union, the Greek-Catholic Church whent underground. The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of the Soviet Union became the largest banned church in the world. It was severely persecuted but managed to survive and resurfaced as an integral Ukrainian Church
1989. Bishop Margitych was part of a Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church delegation with Ukrainian Nationalists that departed for Moscow to demand the legalization of the church. See more details: History of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the Soviet Union - Mukachevo Eparchy included
During the late 1960's to early 1970's the Greek-Catholics in 'Soviet Ukraine' (Zakarpattia included) were undergoing severe (some of the worst) persecution by the Communist authorities. During these difficult times, the Ukrainian nationalists were doing all possible to bring the dire predicament of the church to the forefront of international politics. They also became the only group defending the church in Ukraine. They did this in a global coordinated and comprehensive manner.
Patriarch Joseph Slipyj was perhaps the single most important person in the West who kept the memory of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church alive. His accomplishments in defending and upholding the rights of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the West are unparalled and were fully supported by the Ukrainian nationalists.
The USA Byzantine Metropolia did nothing to protect the Greek Catholic Church during it's dark days in the Soviet Union. The USA Byzantine Metropolia did nothing to stop the Latinization & Slovakization of the millennium old Ruthenian-Ukrainians of Communist Slovakia. The USA Metropolia published anti-Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church propaganda at the very time that the Ukrainians in Zakarpattia needed public support and not additional humiliation 'a la' Moscow Patriarch.
All of the above can be well document. Your personal conversations with alleged "people who are unhappy as being labelled Ukrainian" have yet to be proven. There can be no doubt that there are groups all over Ukraine who are seeking ways to enter the EU, some suggestions have been to separate the Western most areas and join Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, etc.... The EU does not want this to happen.
Sir, I believe your comments come from an attempt to deflect the guilt that you, and I believe many in your church have, for having participated in the ethnocide of your Ruthenian Greek-Catholic religion and culture. You are ovecompensating for past mistakes, without clearly understanding the history, politics, and the languages of the peoples.
You may, or may not have spoken to someone who feels that they are not Ukrainian in the Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine. I have spoken to many members of the nationalistic Ukrainian Scouts (PLAST) in Slovakia who tell me that they wish to be part of Ukraine (btw - many identify as Rusyn and Slovak also
). Further, they lament at the loss of the Ukrainian-Ruthenian ethnicity of the Carpathian mountains of Slovakia. I have also spoken to a friend who works with Ukrainian cultural groups in the Presov area who feel very happy to be Ukrainian, but feel fine just where they are.
What is most important about their feelings is that relatively speaking they are irrelevant to current affairs in Eastern Europe - as is your near hysterical belief (you seem to have lots of personal unsubstantiated conversations that nobody else does ) of mass unrest in Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine
. If this great displeasure existed, it would have made the main stream press. For example, here is the mainstream press in Mukachevo (in standardized Ukrainian), with absolutely no mention of the 'Ruthenian' hysteria you have so often described: Mukachevo main newscenter
I understand your need to atone for the past mistakes of your church in regards to your self inflicted ethnocide (both here in the USA and Slovakia) but 'overcompensating' is not healthy.
You should also aknowledge that without the Ukrainian Social Christian nationalists, there would be no Greek-Catholicism in Zakarpattia Oblast Ukraine.At some point in the existance of your American Byzantine Metropolia, you should undergo some serious introspection and ask yourselves why you openly attacked the largest banned church in the world, particularly at a time when it was undergoing some of it's most severe persecution. Once you have fully completed an introspective analysis of your USA Byzantine Metropolia's activities over the past few generation, you will come to worship the Ukrainian nationalists (including Zakarpattians).
Although the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic church numbers have decreased here in North America due to natural assimmilatory forces, we have a five step plan in place to rapidly increase the numbers:
(1) Direct Ukrainian immigrants to North America (we have been discouraging them from comming).
(2) Tell all the people who now attend our churches but are not members that they can now join.
(3) Stop discouraging people from becoming members (but we will still remain relatively selective).
(4) Tell all of the above to have more than two children (ie: 3 - 5)
(5) Keep people healthy so they live longer
Right now our churches are overflowing in Europe and around the world. We are about to establish new exarchates and eparchies where I never imagined Ukrainians (Ruthenians) would ever live (Japan
Your comments concerning ethnicity in America are very interesting but very much American. Canadians are much more multi-cultural in their view of society and my views on culture are much more in keeping with the people North of the border. We pride ourselves on retaining our culture and ties to the old world. I'm sorry if you do not approve.