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New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine #371319 11/08/11 03:28 PM
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Yesterday, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav announced the creation of three new metropolia's in Ukraine: Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil-Zboriv. Here is the link:

http://risu.org.ua/ua/index/all_news/catholics/ugcc/45295/

Once we have the English translation we will post it for the faithful.


Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine [Re: Father Valerian] #371338 11/08/11 11:26 PM
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Very interesting.

According to link provided, the new Metropolia of Lviv will be inaugurated on November 29 and will include the eparchies of Lviv, Stryi, Sambir-Drohobych, and Sokal-Zhovkva.

The new Metropolia of Ivano-Frankivsk will be inaugurated on December 13 and will include the eparchies of Ivano-Frankivsk and Kolomyia-Chernivtsi.

The new Metropolia of Ternopil-Zboriv will be inaugurated on December 22 and will include the eparchies of Ternopil-Zboriv and Buchach.


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From the UGCC website.



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On November 29 in Lviv, December 13 in Ivano-Frankivsk, December 22 in Ternopil Hierarchical Liturgies will be held, during which the decrees on the establishment of the Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil-Zboriv metropolitanates of the UGCC. Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said this on November 8, during a web conference on tochka.net.

The Synod of Bishops decided to create three new metropolitans. The Lviv Metropolitanate will include the Lviv Archeparchy and the Stryi, Sambir-Drohobych, and Sokal-Zhovkva eparchies; the Ivano-Frankivsk Metropolitanate, Ivano-Frankivsk and Kolomyia-Chernivtsi eparchies; Ternopil-Zboriv, Ternopil-Zboriv and Buchach eparchies. The first metropolitans of the newly established metropolitanates will be Archbishop Ihor (Voznyak), Archbishop of Lviv, Bishop Volodymyr (Viytyshyn), Eparch of Ivano-Frankivsk, and Bishop Vasyl (Semeniuk) Eparch of Ternopil-Zborowski.

According to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the establishment of new metropolitanates is a very important step in the natural development of the UGCC toward patriarchy. “Today in Ukraine there is a single metropolitanate of Kyiv and Halych based in Kyiv. With such a structure, our metropolitanate reflects the state of church that we had at the time of Kyivan Rus’. There was one metropolitan, the de facto head of the national church, who had, respectively, authority over the bishops on his territory. For more than a thousand years our church has developed, particularly in Ukraine. Today this natural state of development of the church structure needs to be improved. Therefore, in order to provide better pastoral care for our faithful, according to the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC and with the blessing of the Apostolic See, we created three new metropolitanates,” the head of the UGCC.

In addition, the primate of the UGCC said that every metropolitan will have the right to convene a Metropolitanate’s Synod, but for the decisions of synod to be valid, they need approval from the Major Archbishop.

It should be noted that now the UGCC will have seven metropolitanates. In addition to the newly created ones, another metropolitanate in Ukraine is the Kyiv and Halych Metropolitanate, headed by His Beatitude Sviatoslav. It consists of Kyiv Archeparchy, Donetsk-Kharkiv, Odesa-Crimea and Lutsk exarchates. In addition, the UGCC has the Przemysl and Warsaw Metropolitanate in Poland, the Philadelphia Metropolitanate in the United States, and the Winnipeg Metropolitanate in Canada.

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Historical Background

UGCC structures are constantly changing. Undoubtedly, some changes were caused by political reasons. But what is important, a constant succession always remained.

Since the union with Rome was signed in compliance with all provisions of the law, and the Kyiv Metropolitan and the bishops had the right and authority to sign, these hierarchs remained the only legitimate heirs of the previous church.

Restoration of the Orthodox hierarchy (1620) was legally a new creation – it introduced a new church structure, which may claim to be a historical or spiritual continuity, but not a succession. The successor of the ancient Kyivan Church is the Kyiv and Halych Metropolitanate.

After the Union of Brest, the Kyiv Metropolitan had all the rights he had before. These rights were recognized in two papa bulls of Pope Clement VIII: Magnus Dominus (December 23, 1595) and Decet Romanum Pontificem (February 23, 1596).

In the bull restoring the Halych Metropolitanate, In universalis Ecclesiae regimini of 1807, the Halych metropolitan was given the same rights, prerogatives and privileges that the metropolitans of Kyiv had; the metropolitans of Kyiv also retained their powers. Thus, through the Halych metropolitan comes the legal continuity of the UGCC from the times of Kyivan Rus’.


http://www.ugcc.org.ua/news_single.0.html?&L=2&tx_ttnews

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Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine [Re: Father Valerian] #371388 11/10/11 07:43 AM
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May God grant many years to the new Metropolitans of the UGCC.


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Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine [Re: Father Valerian] #371399 11/10/11 02:41 PM
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Have I missed something? While I understand that Ukrainian Greek Catholics recognize Major-Archbishop Sviatoslav as a Patriarch, the Holy See has never ratified said title. That being the case, under what authority does he have to 'create' new Metropolias? For all of the 'talk' about bettering relations with the Orthodox, I don't think they will view this in a positive light.

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From the UGCC News quoted by Two Lungs
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According to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the establishment of new metropolitanates is a very important step in the natural development of the UGCC toward patriarchy. “Today in Ukraine there is a single metropolitanate of Kyiv and Halych based in Kyiv. With such a structure, our metropolitanate reflects the state of church that we had at the time of Kyivan Rus’. There was one metropolitan, the de facto head of the national church, who had, respectively, authority over the bishops on his territory. For more than a thousand years our church has developed, particularly in Ukraine. Today this natural state of development of the church structure needs to be improved. Therefore, in order to provide better pastoral care for our faithful, according to the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC and with the blessing of the Apostolic See, we created three new metropolitanates,”


DMD - look again at the part that I bolded

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Thanks...still, from the point of view of the historical eccesiological organization of Eastern Churches, it strikes me as 'odd' and likely to be viewed as a 'provocation' by the Orthodox.

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As Our Lady's slave has pointed out, His Beatitude Sviatoslav is well within His canonical rights to create metropolias with the consent of the Synod of Bishops and having consulted the Apostolic See (CCEO can. 85 § 1, cf. can. 152).

This move is normal, as far as I can see. Both the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Churches in Kerala have done the same thing in recent years. The Romanian Orthodox Church has a similar organization with metropolias under a patriarch.

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine [Re: DMD] #371853 11/16/11 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by DMD
Thanks...still, from the point of view of the historical eccesiological organization of Eastern Churches, it strikes me as 'odd' and likely to be viewed as a 'provocation' by the Orthodox.


There are a practical needs of such form of organisation in UGCC. It is not a provocation it is a natural growth of our Church

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On four or six blocks of Barton Street in Hamilton, Ontario, you will pass a church for each of about 15 different stripes of Catholic and Orthodox. In Windsor, Ontario there is a Romanian Orthodox Cathedral literally across the street from a Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. The bishops probably compete for parking on Sunday morning. At some point, reunion or no, there will be twenty or thirty bishops of Kiev. The Russian will have tea with the Malankara and the Copt and the Latin, just as long as that Gallician imposter isn't invited? Ridiculous. It's time we all admit what a farce we've made of Canonical Territory and just get on with a little live and let live.

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Originally Posted by JDC
The Russian will have tea with the Malankara and the Copt and the Latin, just as long as that Gallician imposter isn't invited?


What do you mean?

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Originally Posted by Anatolius
Originally Posted by JDC
The Russian will have tea with the Malankara and the Copt and the Latin, just as long as that Gallician imposter isn't invited?


What do you mean?


Anatolius,

JDC is being facetious. He's noting the irony of the fact that it seems the MP will happily meet with any hierarchs, representing most any of the Eastern or Oriental Catholic Churches (see the thread on the visit of the MP to Lebanon where he met with the patriarchs or their representatives of most all of the EC and OC Churches of the Middle East) - but he's not about to sit down the His Beatitude.

Though, to be honest about it, I seem to recollect that one of the Russian Orthodox Metropolitans did meet with him recently and that it was reported on/discussed here.

Many years,

Neil


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Well, you have to understand. From the Russian perspective, Ukraine, like Georgia, is . . . different.

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Just been sent this link to RISU

Looks interesting

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On 10 November RISU, citing RIA News, reported that Fr. Dmytro Syzonenko, Secretary of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department of External Church Relations, had criticized the creation of three new metropolitanates by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. While church structures are an internal matter of the Church, the establishment of metropolitanates in regions that the ROC considers non-Catholic would, according to Fr. Syzonenko, cause tensions in Orthodox-Catholic relations. Ukraine is such a region. According to the ROC, Ukraine is part of the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate............


The rest is here

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Originally Posted by StuartK
Well, you have to understand. From the Russian perspective, Ukraine, like Georgia, is . . . different.


Different in what sense?

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