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The new head of conference of cath. bishops in Russia Josif Werth has been nominated as a head (visitator?, ordinarius? or?) for all byzantine catholics in Russia - it should be a decision of the roman pope. This information is unofficial.

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Dear Andreios,

It seems quite official. Today morning I received
an email from one of personal addresses of Fr.
Sergius Gajek, MIC, the Apostolic Visitator for
GCs in Byelarus'.
The Russian text, taken from BLAGOVEST-INFO
news service, informs about the recent meeting
of Roman Catholic Episcopate of Russia. The Bishops met on Tuesday January 18th in Sankt-Petersburg and elected Bishop Joseph Werth the
new head of their Conference.

"Besides all four Russian Bishops, the Holy See's
Representative to the Russian Federation, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, took part to the session of the CCRB. He informed bishops gathered
at the session about the decision of Pope John Paul II, who appointed Bishop Joseph Werth an ordinary (in Russian "ordinarijem" - dcn. P.)
for Greek-Catholic who live on Russian territory".

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What goes unsaid in this is that Rome has ignored Fr. Sergei Golovanov whom the priests of the Russian Greek Catholic Church voted to be their exarch.


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Father Deacon Lance,

Does this mean Fr. Joseph was selected over Fr. Sergei because Fr. Joseph was seen by the Vatican as the more compliant of the two - i.e., less likely (unlikely ?) to make waves with the MP ?

If so, that figures.

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Ostpolitik seems to be alive and well. Werth is a protege of Cardinal Kasper.

Fr. Sergei Golovanov was indeed elected to be the exarch by a synodal vote of his own clergy. He is a Greek Catholic priest and by far the most qualified and obvious choice. I am sure we will hear Fr. Golovanov's reaction soon. I do not think this is a wise move at all. Once again the Russian Greek Catholics are awarded ghetto status for their martyrdom and fidelity.

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So what's new?

We all know where Eastern Catholics fit in the great scheme of things. And for those who are not sure, don't waste your time looking anywhere towards the top, or even the middle.

Σώσον, Κύριε, καί διαφύλαξον η�άς από τών Βασιλιάνικων τάξεων!

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Originally posted by Diak:
Ostpolitik seems to be alive and well. Werth is a protege of Cardinal Kasper.
Both Germans and both Jesuits. wink

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I do not think this is a wise move at all. Once again the Russian Greek Catholics are awarded ghetto status for their martyrdom and fidelity.
A return to Middle Age. Eastern christians have to be under Latin hierarchs. It is a negation of their church identity - like there were latins with some particular liturgical customs.

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Notwithstanding my belief in the divine institution of the Petrine primacy, I do believe if I were a member of the Russian Catholic synod, I'd be tempted to vote to send "Kasper the Friendly Modernist" and his lackey, Fr. Joseph, packing back to Rome.

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Originally posted by Deacon Peter UGCC:
...Today morning I received
an email from one of personal addresses of Fr.
Sergius Gajek, MIC, the Apostolic Visitator for
GCs in Byelarus'.
....He informed bishops gathered
at the session about the decision of Pope John Paul II, who appointed Bishop Joseph Werth an ordinary (in Russian "ordinarijem" - dcn. P.)
for Greek-Catholic who live on Russian territory".
I received the same e-mail from f. Sergeius.

But the text is not clear. What position has Werth - is he an exarch, an administrator, visitator... or what? Sure, he is not ordinarius, as this does not exist in the Eastern Catholic Churches (cfr. CCEO).

Does anyone know something about the appointment by roman pope? Is there something on www.vatican.va [vatican.va] e.g.?

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The Russian text can be found on http://www.agnuz.info/index.php?yea...s=r08.txt&yr=2005&mr=1&cit=1

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So, what else is new, folks?

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Originally posted by ByzCathDad:
Notwithstanding my belief in the divine institution of the Petrine primacy, I do believe if I were a member of the Russian Catholic synod, I'd be tempted to vote to send "Kasper the Friendly Modernist" and his lackey, Fr. Joseph, packing back to Rome.
I'm sure there are is a dozen more names we can add to that packing list.

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Originally posted by andreios:

But the text is not clear. What position has Werth - is he an exarch, an administrator, visitator... or what? Sure, he is not ordinarius, as this does not exist in the Eastern Catholic Churches (cfr. CCEO).
Sure he IS an "ordinary". Remember that he's a
Latin Bishop - and some Latin Bishops
around the world head so-called "ordinariates"
for Eastern Catholics without their proper hierarchy.
For example, Cardinal Glemp, Metropolitan of
Warsaw, is such an ordinary for all Easterners
in Poland except members of the UGCC. In fact,
his jurisdiction extends to four parishes:
three of Armenian "rite" (Gliwice, Cracow, Gdansk) and one of Byzantine-Slavonic "rite"
(neo-uniate parish in Kostomloty: no one knows
to which Church it belongs biggrin ).

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Does anyone know something about the appointment by roman pope? Is there something on www.vatican.va [vatican.va] e.g.?
Vatican website is rather outdated and I am not sure whether it contains personal appointments and
other such stuff. Perhaps not.


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Originally posted by andreios:
The Russian text can be found on http://www.agnuz.info/index.php?yea...s=r08.txt&yr=2005&mr=1&cit=1
Yes. It's quite the same. smile

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deacon Peter

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