Kisha D Dorado and George Alexander
Department of Church Research and Studies
Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society- 12/10/13
Global: Several e-media recently reported that Russian officials from the Meshchansky District Court in Moscow recently declared that sermon preached in 1900 by Metropolitan Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Rite) is to be labeled as “extremist”.
He talks about his nations religious past, by saying that, “We Ukrainians are filled with love for the Catholic Church, we always saw her as our own mother,” and the importance of the Pope “Christ gave supreme authority to Peter and all his heirs. In other words, the Pope of Rome is recognized as the visible head of the Church”.
The above mentioned part of his sermon is truly heretical for several reasons. First of All Russia- Ukraine is traditional Orthodox Christian hub whereas Roman Catholicism is a foreign institution. ‘Petrinian’ supremacy is totally rejected by Orthodox Churches and Pope is not recognized as the head of the Church of Christ. Pope has just primacy of honor among other Bishops. St Peter and rest of the holy holy Apostles are considered to be equal. Roman Catholic Church cannot be the mother Church nor is Pope the head of visible Church. Jesus Chris is the head of Church and Church is the living body of Christ in this world.
Kiev, Ukraine was for centuries, the center of the pure Orthodoxy. That person, ignoring the Orthodox majority, speaks as if they don’t exist (reminds us of the late Croatian president Franjo Tuđman, who used to speak in the same manner).
Eastern Catholicism or UNIATISM itself is heretic concept established by Vatican to force Orthodox Churches to have forceful union with Rome.
Peter J writes: “The unia was founded at the Laterno Synod of 1215 and in the Bull of Pope Innocent 4th. The unia was created in Poland by two Jesuits and the plan was to Latinize the Orthodox of Poland and south-west Russia (Ukraine). With the help of the Polish King the Synods of Brest was formed. Since then the forced conversion of Orthodox to the Papists began, churches were confiscated, Orthodox were murdered, tortured, or sent into exile.”
The shame of the Unia is on the Pope.
1914-Austro-Hungarian Empire-eradicates Orthodox believers. A great number sent to concentration camps, Talerhof and Terezin.
1917-and after- Catholic interventionists attacked the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, forming an anti-Orthodox uniat pact with the atheist and bolsheviks.
1943-1944- Hundreds of Ukrainian Orthodox priests eliminated and tortured by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, aided by uniate Metropolitan Josyf Slipyj.
1938- Volhynia, Western Ukraine, the Polish government oversees the destruction of more than 190 Orthodox Churches, and over 150 Churches turned over to the Latin Rite. This was occurring all over the Carpathian Mountain regions in Poland, Western Ukraine, and Czechoslovakia.
UNIATISM is a problem all over the world. It has proved to be a failed experiment by Vatican. Eastern Catholics are neither Orthodox nor Roman. They are in huge identity crisis. Vatican is still trying to use it as a tool to subjugate Orthodoxy worldwide by creating duplicate counterparts for Orthodox Churches.
We can see it where Vatican has created three Patriarchates of Antioch namely Syrian Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch, Melkhite Greek Catholic Patriarchate and Maronite Patriarchate of Antioch of Antioch apart from the genuine Patriarchates of Syriac Orthodox Church and Greek Orthodox Church. This is a purposeful attack on the canonical jurisdiction of Orthodoxy in Antioch.
We saw another blind attack when the local primate of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church proclaimed himself to be Catholicos on the throne of St Thomas and Malankara Metropolitan (His original title is nothing more than ‘Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Cardinal Thottunkal of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankaras’) whereas these titles are exclusive privilege of the Primate of the Indian Malankara Orthodox Church.
HOLOCAUST and Vatican, are like hand and glove; Vatican supported some of the worst mass murderers who took part in genocide in their Fascistic NDH (Independent State of Croatia) during WW II. (ie. Aloisus Stepinac and Miroslav Filipović , who was ‘baking’ Orthodox Christians alive).
The sermon is violently anti-Orthodox, written in behalf of Vatican, who has always been involved in some of the worst crimes against the Orthodox Christians.