Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ukrainian major archbishop talks spiritual renewal

Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church shares his desires for greater Christian unity
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. Photo by Malin Jordan / The B.C. Catholic.
The B.C. Catholic has part three of Nathan Rumohr and Malin Jordan's interview with Major Archbishop Svatioslav Shevchuk:
Archbishop Shevchuk talked about some of the challenges facing the Ukrainian Church at home and around the world, and how the rite is playing a role in the New Evangelization.

BCC: It's been 50 years since the start of the Second Vatican Council, and 48 since the letter Orientalium Ecclesiarum (The Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite). What is their effect on the Ukrainian Church over the last 50 years and into the future? How do they affect what you have to say about Vision 2020 and the road to a patriarchate?

MAS: Thank you very much for the tough question, for us a crucial question also.

Since Vatican II the importance and the richness of the Eastern Catholic tradition has been publicly considered really nice, but often before that many bishops had an idea that the Roman Catholic rite was the best expression of the Catholic faith.

The fathers of Vatican II really appreciated the Eastern Catholic traditions and they encouraged us to rediscover, preserve, and develop our traditions.

Being Catholic doesn't mean being a Roman Catholic. The presence of the Eastern Catholic Churches inside the Catholic communion in some sense makes our Church catholic; that word means universal.

This rediscovering of the richness of our tradition inside the Catholic community was a great encouragement to us. We weren't poor parents, as it were, or a diminished member of the Catholic family.

We started to renew our theological, spiritual, and liturgical tradition. For us a moment of awesome renovation of the Eastern Catholic Church started 50 years ago.
Read the full interview at The B.C. Catholic website. Click here for part one and here for part two.

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