28 January 2008, 16:27
The Vatican is interested in a Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine - a Ukrainian politician
Moscow, January 28, Interfax – Head of the Ukrainian public organization the Way of the Orthodox Yury Boldyrev believes that the Holy See is the first to be interested in establishing a Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine today.
‘The true content of a joint Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine is promotion of Catholicism further to the East,’ Boldyrev has stated in his interview to the Profil magazine on Monday.
According to him, the attempts to unsettle Orthodox unity in Ukraine have ‘at least a thousand-year’ history. ‘The Vatican has always strived to subordinate these territories, ‘to correct St. Vladimir’s historical mistake’ using political and military power of the Catholic Europe.’
Boldyrev reminded that the Vatican ‘took advantage of Russia’s political weakness’ in the 17th century, spread its influence on the Galician Russia and ‘imposed’ the Union of Brest on its inhabitants. For this reason ‘nowadays Galicians differ from other Ukrainians mentally and culturally.’
The politician described approximate scenario of promoting Catholicity in Ukraine: The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will join the newly established ‘Local Church’ out of ‘patriotic’ concerns thus making the half of the Local Ukrainian Church ’pray for the Pope of Rome.’
‘The idea of making Ukraine Catholic did not appear today or in 1991. These are modern developments of the process which have started a thousand years ago. Contemporary enthusiasts of a ‘local Church’ either due to their ignorance or cunning do not reveal the whole truth. Meanwhile the construction of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on the Dnieper’s left bank is already an accomplished fact,’ Boldyrev noted