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