Ukrainian Primate Lauds U.S. Bishops
15 Nov 2011 by Mark Pattison
BALTIMORE (CNS) — The new primate for the
worlds 8 million Ukrainian Catholics lauded the work of
the U.S. bishops annual national collection to aid the
church in Central and Eastern Europe.
The collection has provided financial support for
the development of basic church structures which had
been destroyed by the communist regime, said
Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, who
had overseen as apostolic administrator a Ukrainian
eparchy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before his election as
primate earlier this year.
We will always remember the help given by the
U.S. church, Archbishop Shevchuk said Nov. 14, the first
day of the U.S. bishops fall general assembly in
The church in Ukraine — the largest Eastern
church by numbers — has benefited from the financial
assistance, he added.
Today the church is undergoing a period of
rebirth and resurrection, Archbishop Shevchuk said. We
are blessed with many vocations. Our seminaries now
have three applicants for every available space.
The archbishop suggested the church could aid
Our society is just emerging from the post–communist ideology, according to Archbishop Shevchuk.
Ukraine is undergoing tremendous social and
economic changes today, he continued. We are marked
by a lack of credibility in government and our social and
The countrys former prime minister, Yulia
Tymoshenko, was convicted in October of abuse of power
and sentenced to seven years in prison in what some
Western observers denounced as a show trial.
The church, he added, can offer a society based
on Christian principles and a distinct moral authority.
However, Archbishop Shevchuk noted, a
majority of the population in Ukraine does not identify
with any of the churches. But by the same token, he
added, there is a tremendous opportunity for
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