Ukrainian Catholic priest in UK: Catholic press has chosen to ignore our struggle for freedom

24 January 2014, 21:20 | UGCC | 3 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Priest of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Athanasius McVay posted personal appeal to Catholics in the UK.

"The Ukrainian Nation is fighting for its life against a totalitarian dictatorship of thugs, whose actions both Her Majesty's and the German ambassador have vehemently protested against not two days ago.

The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church has been at the forefront of the struggle for civil and religious liberty for over a century. Catholic lay leaders, hierarchs, and journalists throughout the world have recognized the seriousness of the situation in Ukraine and have lent support in word and deed. Recently, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York offered strong and unwavering support in the name of American Catholics and expressed his strong admiration for Patriarch Sviatoslav and Bishop Gudziak. Other Catholic Churches have also expressed solidarity.

In the United Kingdom, however, the Catholic press has chosen to ignore our struggle for freedom and its consequences for the Churches. Church leaders also remain ominously silent. This shunning is in direct contrast with many clamorous ecumenical acta et gesta toward those of other confessions. Since our parents taught us the maxim that "charity begins at home," one might question why members of the Latin Church pay so little heed to their authentic Sister Church, with which they are in full ecclesial communion. What is worse, today an attack against our hierarchy appeared in The Tablet: http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/362/0/ukraine-government-threatens-pro-eu-greek-catholic-priests-saying-mass-in-independence-square, reporting a "fictitious" critique by unnamed RC bishops".

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  • Athanasius McVay | 26 January 2014, 22:40
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    Actually, since I wrote these words a couple of days ago, the UK Catholic press has started reporting. I hope they continue to do so and that there be no more blindsides from Catholic journals.

    • Seixas | 28 January 2014, 14:39
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      Reverend Father Athanasius, latin catholics from Brazil are with you, our dear brothers. Count on our prayers for Ukraine.

  • Stepan Novetsky | 26 January 2014, 15:54
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    Unfortunately, this is because Ukrainian Catholics are expendable, as the Vatican has been focused, hitherto, on ensuring that what it says and how it behaves is acceptable to the Moscow Patriarch. The fact that, over the centuries, Ukrainian Catholics have died and suffered for their allegiance to Rome means nothing now. At best, it is a footnote of history, to be acknowledged symbolically (as long as it doesn't offend Moscow). Ukrainians can only rely on themselves, in this battle against evil.

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