Posts Tagged ‘ecumenism’

Eastern Rite Catholics fear for their rights in Ukraine

October 8th, 2010 2 comments

While in the Western Europe and United States the Orthodox Churches are presenting themselves very open to dialogue with the Catholic Church, the reality in the Orthodox countries is totally different.

In Ukraine, recently, the Orthodox Church is trying to stop the Greek-Catholics to build a new church in Odessa on their own land. For many people living in Western democracies something like that might sound unbelievable. Unfortunately, this is the reality that the Catholic minority is living in.

Jonathan Luxmoore wrote an informative article about what is happening in Odessa.

In Western Europe and United State the Catholic Church offers hundreds of Catholic churches to the Orthodox communities to conduct their religious services.

In Ukraine on the other hand, like in Romania, the Orthodox Church does everything in its power to stop the Catholics to take their properties confiscated by the communists back or to build new churches.

This is the hypocrisy of ecumenism practiced by the Orthodox Churches.