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CANONICAL STATUS OF THE SO-CALLED BISHOPS OF PIDHIRCI #378147
03/29/12 04:22 PM
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CANONICAL STATUS OF THE SO-CALLED BISHOPS OF PIDHIRCI

Vatican City, 29 March 2012 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a declaration issued today by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning the canonical status of the "so-called Greek-Catholic bishops of Pidhirci": Fr. Elias A. Dohnal O.S.B.M., Fr. Markian V. Hitiuk O.S.B.M., Fr. Metodej R. Spirik O.S.B.M., and Fr. Robert Oberhauser. The text is dated 22 February and bears the signatures of Cardinal William Joseph Levada and Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer S.J., respectively prefect and secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

(1) The Holy See has followed with great concern the activities of Fr. Elias A. Dohnal O.S.B.M., Fr. Markian V. Hitiuk O.S.B.M., Fr. Metodej R. Spirik O.S.B.M., and Fr. Robert Oberhauser who, having been expelled from the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat, subsequently proclaimed themselves as bishops of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church. With their disobedience, these priests continue to challenge ecclesiastical authority, causing moral and spiritual damage, not only to the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat and the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church, but also to this Apostolic See and the Catholic Church as a whole. All this provokes division and bewilderment among the faithful. The aforementioned priests, having established a group of "bishops" of Pidhirci, have recently sought to have that group recognised and registered by the competent State authorities as the "Ukrainian Orthodox Greek-Catholic Church".

(2) Since the beginning of this painful episode, Church representatives of various ranks have sought to dissuade them from continuing a conduct which, among other things, could deceive the faithful, as has already happened in a number of cases.

(3) The Holy See, concerned to protect the unity and peace of Christs flock, had hoped in the repentance and subsequent return of the aforementioned priests to full communion with the Catholic Church. Unfortunately the most recent developments - such as the unsuccessful attempt to acquire State registration for the "Pidhirci" group under the name of the "Ukrainian Orthodox Greek-Catholic Church" - demonstrates their continuing disobedience.

(4) Therefore, to safeguard the common good of the Church and the "salus animarum", and given that the so-called "bishops" of Pidhirci show no sign of repentance but continue to create confusion and disarray in the community of faithful, in particular by calumniating representatives of the Holy See and of the local Church, and asserting that the supreme authority of the Church is in possession of documentation testifying to the full validity of their episcopal ordination, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accepting the request presented by the ecclesiastical authorities of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church, and by other dicasteries of the Holy See, has decided, by this declaration, to inform the faithful, especially in the countries of origin of the so-called "bishops", about their current canonical status.

(5) This Congregation, disassociating itself entirely from the actions of the so-called "bishops" aforementioned, and from their aforesaid declarations, formally declares that it does not recognise the validity of their episcopal ordinations, or of any and all ordinations that have derived, or will derive therefrom. Moreover, the canonical status of the four so-called "bishops" is that of excommunication, pursuant to canon 1459 para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (CCEO), in view of the fact that an appeal sentence of the ordinary tribunal of the Major Archiepiscopal Ukrainian Church, issued on 10 September 2008, recognised them as guilty of offences under canons 1462, 1447 and 1452 of the CCEO; i.e., the offences of illegitimate usurpation of office, inciting sedition and hatred towards certain hierarchs, provoking subjects to disobedience, and harming a third party's good name by calumny.

(6) Furthermore, the use of the name "Catholic" by groups which are not recognised by the competent ecclesiastical authority is to be considered as illegitimate, pursuant to canon 19 of the CCEO.

(7) The faithful are, then, enjoined not to adhere to the aforementioned group as, to all canonical effects, it is outside ecclesiastical communion. The faithful are invited to pray for the members of the group, that they may repent and return to full communion with the Catholic Church

Re: CANONICAL STATUS OF THE SO-CALLED BISHOPS OF PIDHIRCI [Re: monksilouan] #378150
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This differs from what Met. Michael Rahosa of Kiev, Galicia and All [Little], Bp. Ipotii of Volodymyr-Brest, Bp. Cyril Terletsky of Lutsk and exarch of Constantinople and Bp. Ostrih of Pinsk and Turov did in the 1590's how?

If the UOC-KP ordained them, would that solve any problems of "validity"?

Will the UGCC support UOGCC's effort "to have that group recognised and registered by the competent State authorities as the "Ukrainian Orthodox [sic, Правовірна, Orthodox is православна] Greek-Catholic Church""? Will they get to keep the St. Joseph church, the three monasteries, etc? If they succeed in seizing other churches, or other parishes go over to them, will the UGCC give up its claims against them?

Should the UOC deal recognize the legitimacy and right to exist of the UOGCC? Should she (and the rest of Orthodoxy) deal with the UOGCC and its Patriarch Elias A. Dohnal on a par with Mjr. Abp. Shevchuk and the UGCC?

Should one defend the UOGCC's right to use the title "католицька"?

Re: CANONICAL STATUS OF THE SO-CALLED BISHOPS OF PIDHIRCI [Re: IAlmisry] #378157
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This differs from what Met. Michael Rahosa of Kiev, Galicia and All [Little], Bp. Ipotii of Volodymyr-Brest, Bp. Cyril Terletsky of Lutsk and exarch of Constantinople and Bp. Ostrih of Pinsk and Turov did in the 1590's how?

If the UOC-KP ordained them, would that solve any problems of "validity"?


None of the above whether UGCC or KP, formally anathemitized 2,271 bishops worldwide as have the Pidhirtsi. Ecclesiologically, since they have already excommunicated the UGCC internally by their own acta why would reciprocity not be appropriate?

We can derive the episcopal lineage of all of those mentioned, whether UGCC or KP, while with the Pidhirtsi we don't know if they were consecrated at all except for their word on it.

Everything seems to hinge on Osidach's alleged "consecration". Conveniently for Osidach none of the supposed witnesses Osidach claims were present at his consecration are alive, and those who knew Metropolitan +Volodymyr very well attest from conversations and his own records that Osidach's name was never mentioned. Kyr +Philemon never seems to have mentioned it, either.

The rest of the conjecture is largely inconsequential if they are not even bishops to start out with. The suggestion that any of them would go to an Orthodox jurisdiction for consecration is laughable at best considering the invective they laid upon Kyr +Mykhaylo (Koltun) for his wearing the klobuk, fidelity to the Kyivan liturgical tradition, outreach to the Orthodox, removing latinized liturgical practices, etc. as well as all of the Pidhirtsi's commentary about Patriarch +Lubomyr being "a schismatic Orthodox traitor" etc. They don't even like the UAOC and the suggestion of some kind of Orthodox episcopal relationship approaches a non sequitur.

Re: CANONICAL STATUS OF THE SO-CALLED BISHOPS OF PIDHIRCI [Re: IAlmisry] #378159
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Originally Posted by IAlmisry
This differs from what Met. Michael Rahosa of Kiev, Galicia and All [Little], Bp. Ipotii of Volodymyr-Brest, Bp. Cyril Terletsky of Lutsk and exarch of Constantinople and Bp. Ostrih of Pinsk and Turov did in the 1590's how?

If the UOC-KP ordained them, would that solve any problems of "validity"?

Will the UGCC support UOGCC's effort "to have that group recognised and registered by the competent State authorities as the "Ukrainian Orthodox [sic, Правовірна, Orthodox is православна] Greek-Catholic Church""? Will they get to keep the St. Joseph church, the three monasteries, etc? If they succeed in seizing other churches, or other parishes go over to them, will the UGCC give up its claims against them?

Should the UOC deal recognize the legitimacy and right to exist of the UOGCC? Should she (and the rest of Orthodoxy) deal with the UOGCC and its Patriarch Elias A. Dohnal on a par with Mjr. Abp. Shevchuk and the UGCC?

Should one defend the UOGCC's right to use the title "католицька"?


Nice hypothetical questions, Isa, but come on - put the hyperbole aside and deal in reality- if you read any of their webpage propaganda you know they hate the Orthodox as much as the appear to now hate the current leaders of the Roman Catholic and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

I suspect that pigs would fly before any even remotely canonical Orthodox jurisdiction would take them in or that they would seek protection under the omophor of any Orthodox bishop.

Good riddance I say. They deceive both the pious UGCC faithful as well as those of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches.

Re: CANONICAL STATUS OF THE SO-CALLED BISHOPS OF PIDHIRCI [Re: monksilouan] #378163
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I'd have to agree wholeheartedly with Deacon Randy and my brother, David. These 4 priests have, from the outset of this charade, done little but spew invectives against the legitimate hierarchs of both the UGCC and the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. As Deacon Randy notes, the supposed 'witnesses' to Osidach's 'consecration' are all of eternal memory and, last I knew, he never did identify the hierarchs who reputedly 'consecrated' him.

Many years,

Neil


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Are there any threads on this particular group? Are they different than the one who united with the SSPX?

It also seems to me that a popular Anglican news site Virtue Online posted an article about them anathematizing the Anglican church of South Africa...


Re: CANONICAL STATUS OF THE SO-CALLED BISHOPS OF PIDHIRCI [Re: monksilouan] #378222
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The Society of St Josaphat has nothing to do with the Pidhirci group.


My cromulent posts embiggen this forum.

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