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New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine

Posted By: Father Valerian

New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/08/11 03:28 PM

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.

Posted By: Latin Catholic

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/08/11 11:26 PM

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.

Posted By: Two Lungs

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/09/11 07:59 PM

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.

UGCC Information Department



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
Posted By: Irish Melkite

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/10/11 07:43 AM

May God grant many years to the new Metropolitans of the UGCC.
Posted By: DMD

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/10/11 02:41 PM

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.
Posted By: Our Lady's slave

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/10/11 04:15 PM

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
Posted By: DMD

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/10/11 06:43 PM

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.
Posted By: Latin Catholic

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/10/11 09:42 PM

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.
Posted By: Anatolius

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/16/11 08:21 PM

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
Posted By: JDC

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 04:22 AM

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.
Posted By: Anatolius

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 08:14 AM

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?
Posted By: Irish Melkite

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 09:58 AM

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
Posted By: StuartK

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 11:52 AM

Well, you have to understand. From the Russian perspective, Ukraine, like Georgia, is . . . different.
Posted By: Our Lady's slave

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 11:56 AM

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
Posted By: davinpa

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 01:08 PM

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


Different in what sense?
Posted By: JDC

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 02:57 PM

Different in the sense that they're within the Dar al-Moscow.
Posted By: davinpa

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 05:46 PM

Originally Posted by JDC
Different in the sense that they're within the Dar al-Moscow.

Dar al-Moscow as in...?
Posted By: JDC

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/17/11 06:40 PM

A play on words. Sorry for the confusion. I'm referencing the Islamic concept of the Dar al-Islam, the "house of Islam", whereby any part of the earth which has been brought under submission to Islam may not be returned to any other religion or system of government. Moscow seems to hold to a similar belief.
Posted By: Anatolius

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/20/11 09:34 PM

Originally Posted by Irish Melkite
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



Oh, I understand:)

My comment on UGCC MP relations on RISU
http://risu.org.ua/en/index/expert_thought/open_theme/44340/
Posted By: Two Lungs

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/23/11 03:07 AM

Holy Trinity parish re-established in the former metropolitan capital of Radomyshl


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On November 11, 2011, by the order of Zhytomyr Regional State Administration the newly established congregation of the Holy Trinity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Radomyshl was registered.

With all confidence we can talk about the restoration of the parish of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which actively served here for several centuries. After all, in the 18th century the Kyivan metropolitan eparchy became the center of gravity for the whole Uniate Church in Ukraine. As of 1749 the Kyiv metropolitan eparchy had 21 deaneries with 361 churches (the Radomyshl deanery had 43 churches). In 1752 the Kyiv metropolitan eparchy consisted of 824 churches. It is no wonder that in the middle of the 18th century Uniate metropolitans established the seat of the metropolitans in Radomyshl, about 100 kilometers from Kyiv, which belonged to Russia. In the second half of the same century Radomyshl became a place of permanent residence of the metropolitans of the Ukrainian Church.

The consistory in Radomyshl was arranged in 1746, the last year Athanasy Sheptytsky was metropolitan. In fact, the rise of Radomyshl occurs under Metropolitan Florian Hrebnytsky (1748-1762) and Pylyp Volodkovych (1762-1778).

In 1763 Metropolitan Pylyp Volodkovych consecrated a new cathedral in Radomyshl. During the rebellion of 1768, which was suppressed by autocratic Russia, a detachment of Colonel Prince Meshchersky raged between Zhytomir and Radomyshl. Persecution began of Uniates, who were forcibly transferred into Orthodoxy. In 1772, of 32 deaneries of the Kyiv metropolitan eparchy, 23 were transferred to Orthodoxy, and 46 Uniate priests who did not submit to the violence were imprisoned in Berdychiv. In 1773 the Uniate priests (400 people, including 43 of Radomyshl deanery) signed in Radomysl a “promise not to deviate from the union and submit to the Uniate metropolitan.”

During the visitation of 1779, Metropolitan Lev Sheptytsky died and was buried magnificently in Radomyshl.

In 1780 Yason Smohorzhevsky headed the metropolitanate. He moved his own bishop- metropolitan residence to Radomyshl. The metropolitan’s greatest achievements in Radomyshl were the establishment of a diocesan seminary for 100 students and the construction of a stone cathedral. Yason Smohorzhevsky died in Radomysl and was buried in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

The last Uniate metropolitan to reside Radomyshl was Theodosii Rostotsky (1788-1805).

In 1795, after the third partition of Poland, Russia abolished the Uniate metropolitan and its residency in Radomyshl.

After the liquidation of the Uniate metropolitan in 1795, the wooden Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Radomyshl became Orthodox. In 1851 the church was rebuilt on a stone foundation. In 1856 the church was again repaired, and the bell tower was reconstructed. Yet elements of Uniate decorations remained. The fate of the unfinished stone church, begun by Metropolitan Yason Smohorzhevsky, for many years was uncertain, also, perhaps, because large sums of money were needed for its completion, and Russia had to see that the Uniate Church was destroyed, like the remains of an unfinished church.

In 1927 the Holy Trinity Cathedral was destroyed and in its place the then mayor built himself a house.

The present Greek Catholics of Radomyshl did not forget the tragic fate of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Therefore, on August 23, 2011, at a general meeting of the parish its statute was passed and the charter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav and the chairman of the Zhytomyr Regional State Administration for registering the congregation was adopted.

The clergy of Zhytomyr oversees the revived community. Soon a priest will be appointed to serve the congregation. Currently the community is being registered by the sate and a place is being sought to hold services.



http://dekanat.at.ua
Posted By: GMmcnabb

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/23/11 08:52 AM

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


I think most people here understand that, but it doesn't make Moscow's position justified.
Posted By: StuartK

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/23/11 02:14 PM

I wasn't justifying it, just pointing out that in some things, Russians are just mental, and totally incapable of rational thought.
Posted By: Slavipodvizhnik

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/24/11 03:33 AM

Originally Posted by StuartK
I wasn't justifying it, just pointing out that in some things, Russians are just mental, and totally incapable of rational thought.


If we are going to resort to racial slurs, what is the point of even dialoguing? I suggest a public retraction, Mr.Koehl

Alexandr Alexandrovich
Posted By: Irish Melkite

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 11/25/11 05:40 AM

Originally Posted by Slavipodvizhnik
Originally Posted by StuartK
I wasn't justifying it, just pointing out that in some things, Russians are just mental, and totally incapable of rational thought.


If we are going to resort to racial slurs, what is the point of even dialoguing? I suggest a public retraction, Mr.Koehl

Alexandr Alexandrovich


Stuart,

While Alexandr suggests it, I insist on it!

Many years,

Neil
Posted By: Two Lungs

Re: New Metropolia of the UGCC in Ukraine - 12/25/11 07:02 AM

The new Metropolia of Ternopil-Zboriv was inaugurated on December 22.

Many Years for Metropolitan Vasyl (Semeniuk).


Photos:

http://www.tze.org.ua/media/fotogal...-stav-jepyskop-ugkc-vasyli-semenjuk.html

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