Is Mommie Dearest Marrying Papa?

Well, how would you explain it?  Because it looks like we’re becoming one big blended family.

 “. . . Till the one day when the mommy met this fellow
And they knew that it was much more than a hunch
That’s this group must somehow form a family
That’s the way we all became the Franny Bunch
The Frannie Bunch, the Frannie Bunch
That’s the way we became the Frannie Bunch. . .” 

Shevchuk: Constantinople is the same mother of Orthodox and Uniates 

The head of the UGCC noted that the dialogue with the Patriarchate of Constantinople is as important for the Uniates as for the representatives of the OCU.

The head of the UGCC, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, believes that Ukrainian Greek Catholics and members of the OCU share common roots. He stated this in an interview with the editor-in-chief of Oleg Bazar in the Open Church program.

In particular, commenting on his meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, as well as the prospects for dialogue with representatives of the OCU, Sviatoslav Shevchuk said that “I do not see any obstacles for the Uniates to develop the communion with our Orthodox brothers around our common roots.”

Moreover, according to him, “when we want to look for ways to mutual rapprochement, we must search for what unites us. Well, we are united by the same mother. For example, during the meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew, we remembered that the Ecumenical Patriarchate is a mother Church for our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.”

That is why, according to Shevchuk, “the communion with His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew is very important for us, not less than for the OCU”.

We remind you that earlier the UOJ wrote that, according to the UOC Chancellor, Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanich), “the position of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is utterly clear to us. The head of this Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, openly stated that the creation of the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine is only the first stage, the second one should be a dialogue on restoring unity between the Uniates and members of the OCU. Therefore, all further developments are just a continuation of these words.”


  1. The heads of the local Churches need to meet already and put an end to this madness before it is too late. 
    The longer intervention gets pushed, the more this becomes normalized, then eventually it will just, be. Bartholomew doesn’t want a Council of Florence type of situation where he know he will be opposed and a Mark of Ephesus will stand up. He has hedged his bets that the hierarchs will sit by and let it happen. At least this is my guess, he knew there would be backlash from Russia and possibly the Slavic speaking Churches, and maybe the Greek Churches would privately disagree, but, I think he knew that in the end a council would never be called to correct him. And we see just that, we have hierarchs who do not agree, but, so far Alexandria, or, any of the other heads have not taken the steps to stop this. Jerusalem is pro-Onuphry, but, if the most ancient See and the one that oversees the birthplace of our religion doesn’t step up, then who can we expect to? 
    My prayer to God is that I will be surprised and that there is something going on behind the scenes (there very, very well could be), however, it seems that Bartholomew hedged his bets that nothing concrete would happen and this would be a wearing down process…time is running out before this is normalized in the Church and we eventually just say “muh.” 

  2. Rhonda Dodson says

    The same day that the article you are writing about came ou, this one also came out by Shevchuk:

    The head of the UGCC called the conditions for the general prayer of the Orthodox and Uniates