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For those who are into Church history.

Historical Mirror by John Slivka [archive.org]

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Historical Mirror: Sources of the Rusin and Hungarian Greek Rite Catholics in the United States of America 1884-1963 by John Slivka. A compendium of historical documents and some pictures relating to the establishment of the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church (an Eastern Catholic Church in union with the Pope of Rome) in the USA. Records reaction to the papal decrees Ea Semper (1907) and Cum Data Fuerit (1929) which imposed priestly celibacy on the Ruthenian Church in the USA.

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How many pages are there?

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From what I can tell, 355 pages...

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Over 300 pages. The smaller PDF is bookmarked which makes navigation easier.

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Would anyone be able to translate the Latin text of the substitute Declaration offered by Fr. Joseph Hanulya on pp. 180-181 (page 192 of the PDF)? It appears to be a substitute offering to the Declaration which was requested by the Apostolic Delegate which is given on the previous page.

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Dave,

A very rough translation. I would say that it is more a response to, than a substitute offering for, the letter requesting the presbyteral signatures.

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I _________ a priest of the Greek Rite Ruthenian Subcarpathian Eparchy in the United States of North America, with a suffering spirit, declare myself unable to subscribe to the letter of Your Eminence in the form written, but freely and without reservation declare to You that I have always been faithfully submissive to the Holy See, and thus do not understand for what reason a repetition of my oath of faith is required

I wish to obey each and every mandate, decree and law of the Roman Pontiff, in his governance not only of the Universal Church, but also the venerable rites, and indeed the disciplines that attach to the Oriental Churches according to the laws prescribed for those Churches in the first Council of Florence and at the Union of Uzhorod on 14 April 1649.

I am persuaded that the disturbances in my diocese result from the attempt to introduce practices all of which are contradictory to the laws and indeed the privileges of the Eastern Churches. The nefarious character of these is both disturbing and saddening.

I am prepared, God willing, to cooperate with and support church authorities, that the blessed peace of Christ descend on our faithful and remain with us always.

Many years,

Neil (hoping that Fathers Kelly and Ruttle, both of blessed memory, are otherwise occupied at the moment and not grading this)



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Delighted to find Father John Slivka's Historical Mirror on line. The book is an invaluable source - I'm blessed to have one of the original and have used it for decades.

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Thanks!

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Neil,

Thanks so much for the translation. I had guessed its content but have never studied Latin. French and Spanish (and American Sign Language) I can fake. smile

I am sure the good fathers would be proud that you still remember your Latin grammar. Thanks again!

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Dave,

Thank you so much for bringing "Historical Mirror" to our attention. It shall provide some very interesting reading and help us understand what the BCC has endured and where we should go from here.

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You're welcome. I did some research online and found that Fr. Slivka went to seminary in Uzhorod and was one of the last married men to be ordained to the priesthood for the Ruthenian Church in the USA (I believe he was ordained in 1926). He was also pastor of the Byzantine Catholic parish in Brooklyn, New York and served as an unofficial historian for the Ruthenian Church. There are many documents in this book that I have never seen anywhere else.

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I just read in a 1995 (Vol 28, No 1) issue of Diakonia that Bishop Dudick of blessed memory had secured some of Fr. Slivka's documents for the Passaic museum, which succeeded Fr Slivka "museum."

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Interesting. I'm guessing that many of the documents in Fr. Slivka's book are translations into English. Does anyone know? What language were the older Church newspapers published in?

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What language were the older Church newspapers published in?

Sounds like a reasonable question. But it is not easily answered. These newspapers were apt to be published in anything from Eastern Slovak to modern Russian, to say nothing of Ukrainian and any number of iazychie dialects. This does not make research easier!

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Thanks, Fr. Serge, for replying. That being so, that makes Fr. Slivka's work even more valuable as he translated these articles into English for us.

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