Vatican Officially Condemns Activity of Self-Proclaimed Bishops of Pidhirtsi

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On March 29, 2012, in the Vatican, the "Declaration of the Congregation For the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the canonical status of 'the self-proclaimed Greek Catholic bishops of Pidhirtsi,' Illia Dohnal, OSBG, Markian V. Hitiuk, OSBG, Metodii. R. Spirzhyk, OSBG and Robert Oberhauser" was made public. 

The document dated February 22 and signed by the Prefect and Secretary of the mentioned agency of the Roman Curia says that “the Apostolic capital anxiously watched the activity of the bishops, who are excluded from the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat and proclaimed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.”

According to the document, these persons continue to do moral and spiritual harm “not only to the Basilian Order of St. Josafat and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church but also to the Apostolic See and the whole Catholic Church,” which provokes division and confusion among the faithful.

The Congregation noted that “church representatives of various levels from the very beginning of this painful matter made vain attempts to persuade them to stop the behavior which, in addition to other things, can also deceive the faithful, which did happen to a certain number of them.”

“As it cared for the unity of the Christ’s flock, the Apostolic See hoped for the repentance and return of these churchmen to the full unity with the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, the recent events, such as the unsuccessful attempt at state registration of the 'Pidhirtsi Group' as “Ukrainian True-believing Greek Catholic Church” showed their stiffened condition.”

Therefore, considering the common good of the Church and having proved that  the self-proclaimed  bishops show no sign of repentance but continue to create confusion, particularly “to smear representatives of the Apostolic See and the local Church and to state that the supreme Church authorities hold documents confirming the validity of their bishops’ consecration,” in response to an application of the Church authorities of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and agencies of the Roman Curia, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “has decreed by this declaration to inform the faithful, especially in the countries of origin of the self-proclaimed bishops, about their actual canonical status.”

As it dissociates itself from the actions and false declarations of the self-proclaimed “bishops,” the Congregation stated that it “does not recognize the validity of their bishops’ consecration and consecrations which were or will be administered by them.” It also reminded that the canonical status of the four mentioned persons is excommunication, that is exclusion from the Church Eucharist communion.

In addition it was noted in the document that “the use of the name 'Catholic' by groups which are not recognized by the church authorities, according to Canon 19 of the Code of Canons of the eastern Churches, is illegal,” Radio Vatican reported.

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  • sergio | 1 April 2012, 11:12
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    Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Prefect Card. William Joseph Levada Excommunication, anathema, curse (An open letter) Dear Monsignor, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, You are obliged to defend the faith and morals. Unfortunately, this Congregation has not fulfilled its mission since the prefecture of Your predecessor, Cardinal Ratzinger, the present ex-Pope. Instead of protecting the faith and morals and decreeing excommunications against heretics it has done the exact opposite. On 22 February 2012, You decreed an excommunication against four bishops of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church who fall within the jurisdiction of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate. These bishops are fighting against contemporary heresies that deny the very essence of the Church. It concerns heresies of historical-critical theology which question the Divinity of Christ, His real and historical Resurrection, all the miracles in the Holy Scriptures and the Divine inspiration of Holy Scripture. These heresies have been taught at all theological faculties with Your knowledge and with the knowledge of Your predecessor and have undermined the saving faith of the future priests and through them of the souls entrusted to their pastoral care. The orthodox bishops are fighting against the spirit of syncretism, whose adherents keep referring to the statement of the Declaration Nostra aetate on reverence for other religions. Reverence for other religions is de facto reverence for demons worshipped by pagans. It was Pope John Paul II who opened the Church to the spirit of syncretism in Assisi in 1986. This spirit was subsequently elevated to the altar when Benedict XVI beatified this apostate Pope. Beatification on 1 May 2011 brought down a curse on the whole Catholic Church and on all the priests who created unity with the spirit of Assisi - the spirit of antichrist. As from that day, no bishop and no priest who is in unity with this spirit administers the sacraments validly. The spirit of antichrist can not administer the sacraments, this can be done by the Holy Spirit alone. If the codes of canon law are used to deny the fundamental truths of the faith, which is the case today, they are worth no more than a scrap of paper. God’s laws, however, and God’s Word are eternal. And God’s Word clearly and uncompromisingly punishes heretics with the statement: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you, let him be accursed.” (Gal 1:8-9) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith preaches another gospel, protects heresy, covers up for paedophilia and homosexuality, and advocates syncretism with the spirit of Assisi - the spirit of antichrist. By reason of these heresies this Congregation with all its officials as well as all the hierarchs of the Catholic Church who are in unity with the spirit of Assisi are under an anathema - God’s curse. The only way to free oneself from the curse is to repent in earnest. This means to separate radically from the spirit of antichrist and to receive again the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ. Every priest in the Catholic Church who now wants to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and administer the sacraments validly must manifest his separation by no longer commemorating the apostate Pope Benedict and the apostate bishops in the Liturgy. If the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will excommunicate such a priest therefor, we declare that this excommunication has no spiritual force. This is confirmed by the Word of God and by the bull of Paul IV too. Separation from the spirit of apostasy is a testimony that a priest fights for the purity of faith. Heresies with the spirit of antichrist have brought a curse upon the whole territories and all nations where there is the Catholic Church. This concerns primarily Europe, America and Australia. Europe has been given a new foundation in an anti-Christian and antimoral Lisbon Treaty which imposes a homosexual ideology on all states. The U.S. also declared this perversion to be a priority of its foreign policy. Subsidies to African countries and to other countries of Europe or America are granted on condition that they abandon their Christian roots and adopt homosexual ideology. However, this ideology is rebellion against God; it is an anti-Decalogue which destroys all moral, spiritual and Christian values. As a consequence of this curse, a terrible goal was set – reduction of humanity, or autogenocide of the planet. Behind this curse brought down by the apostate Catholic hierarchy is the spirit of antichrist which is in unity with Masonic organizations. The Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate appeals to the politicians of Europe and the U.S. to stop the process of dechristianization and thus also of the autogenocide of the humanity. Quotation from Your declaration: “(excommunication for) the offences of illegitimate usurpation of office, ... harming a third party’s good name by calumny ... and causing moral and spiritual damage to the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church, but also to this Apostolic See and the Catholic Church as a whole.” Response: We who defend the orthodox Catholic doctrine against heresies as well as moral values are no criminals nor do we cause any harm, but You are along with all traitors of Christ and the Church. You cause harm to the whole Catholic Church, since You cover up for heresies and paedophilia. Dear Monsignor, You are a criminal not only before God but also before humanity. The victims of paedophilia brought an action against You before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity. Quotation: “This Congregation does not recognize the validity of their episcopal ordinations.” Response: Does this Congregation recognize ordinations of the Orthodox bishops? Our episcopal ordinations are in the line of apostolic succession. There is no doubt about it. Quotation: “The faithful are invited to pray for the members of the group, that they may repent and return to full communion with the Catholic Church.” Response: This appeal does not concern us but You and all apostate hierarchs and heretical theologians. We are in unity with the apostolic teachings and with the orthodox tradition of the universal – Catholic – Church through true repentance. It is heresies that break unity with the true Catholic Church. So the faithful should pray for the members of this apostate group (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), that they may repent...” Our orthodox Synod was subjected to continual pressure on the part of apostate L. Husar and his heretical bishops. Therefore in 2009, it was forced to separate and establish an independent branch under the name of “Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church” (UOGCC). The orthodox bishops announced this decision of theirs to the Vatican. The Vatican gave tacit consent to it. On 5 April 2011, the UOGCC orthodox Synod (7 bishops) declared Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate by reason of a great need for the protection of the Church against heresies and immorality. Archbishop Elijah was elected Patriarch. Conclusion: Until 1 May 2011, before the whole Catholic Church and the Pope fell under a curse, You could refer to the canon law and we were willing to obey You as our hierarchy. Nevertheless, after the official elevation of the spirit of antichrist to the altar of the Church, we separated from the current apostatical Vatican and we no longer have anything in common with this spirit of betrayal of Christ and the Church. Your document from 22 February 2012 is invalid because You have brought upon Yourself a curse by reason of heresies. To You, dear Monsignor, to the current ex-Pope as well as to all cardinals and apostatical bishops relates a statement of Pope Paul IV: “Each and all of their words, deeds, actions and enactments, howsoever made, and anything whatsoever to which these may give rise, shall be without force and shall grant no stability whatsoever nor any right to anyone.” (Bula “Cum Ex Officio Apostolatus”)

    • Marko | 2 April 2012, 14:15
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      O Sergio, o advocate of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church! Why resorteth Thou to the Anglo-Saxon language to defend Thy church on a Ukrainian-language website?

  • Galuch | 29 March 2012, 15:13
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    Ну, тепер Ватикан, попав...з їхнього дозволу "єпископи" з великої своєї скромності мовчали, але серед них безумовно є таємно обраний папа, і прийшов час провозгласити його законним наступником римського престолу. Слідуючий крок, серед них з"являється і сам ... Прости Господи. Там же ж особливо важкий випадок.

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