19.02.2007, [19:16] // UGCC // RISU.org.ua

Greek Catholics in Russia Need Separate Church Structure, Ukrainian Bishop AgreesNovosibirsk – A meeting including a bishop and a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) recently held in Novosibirsk, Russia, concluded that the country’s Greek Catholics need a separate church structure. ugcc.org.ua posted the story on 12 February 2007.

The meeting gathered 18 Catholic priests of the Byzantine rite who minister in Russia. They discussed and resolved issues of pastoral care for their faithful.

This was the fifth meeting of the priests since 20 December 2004, when Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph Werth was appointed ordinary for Catholics of the Byzantine rite in Russia.

Bishop Stepan Meniok, representative of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC and exarch of Donetsk and Kharkiv, Fr. Vasyl Hovera, a UGCC priest who is apostolic visitor for Greek Catholics in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, Fr. Cyril Vasil, vice-rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute and dean of the Faculty of Eastern Canon Law, and Fr. Alexey Dolgov of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church participated.

They discussed the problem of the government’s refusal to register Greek Catholic parishes in the structure of Roman Catholic dioceses. The participants of the meeting see only one solution: to have a separate church structure for Catholics of the Byzantine rite. With time, such a central religious organization could register the Greek Catholic parishes. According to the participants, registration is needed for the normal life and further development of the religious life of Greek Catholics living in Russia.



Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky