Seminar On Greek Catholic Church Held In Moscow

28.11.2002, 15:57
A seminar entitled “The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church: Dispelling the Myth” was held in the building of the Moscow society “Memorial” on 25 November 2002. The conference was organized by the Mykola Mitrokhin Institute of Religious Studies in the CIS and Baltic States with the support of the Heinrich Bell Foundation. A number of Greek Catholic theologians and religious studies scholars from Lviv and Kyiv participated in the seminar.

Prof. Myroslav Marynovych, vice-rector of external affairs and director of the Institute of Religion and Society at the Ukrainian Catholic University, delivered a report entitled “Russian Orthodoxy and Ukrainian Greek Catholicism: Between Mutual Negation and the Inevitability of Change.” In it, Prof. Marynovych analyzed the main reasons for the current opposition between Orthodox and Greek Catholic believers in western Ukraine. Fr. Myron Bendyk, rector of the Drohobych Eparchial Catechetical Institute of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), dedicated his speech to the prospect of creating a patriarchate for the UGCC.