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The new aggravation of relations between the Orthodox and Catholics

August 5 2005

Department for External Church Relations (DECR) considers untenable thesis in support of the idea of moving the residence of the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics in Kiev.

As stated in an official statement received today in the Interfax news agency of the DECR Communication Service, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) "by his actions not only rejects the decision of the Second Vatican Council, provided important guidelines of Catholic-Orthodox relations, but refuses to follow generated ethics of Orthodox-Catholic relations, which does not entail the establishment of parallel hierarchies. "

On the basis of a series of theological documents and historical facts, DECR concludes that "in the context of Orthodox-Catholic relations, the transfer of residence of the UGCC in Kiev can have very negative consequences, particularly if accompanied by the growth of missionary activity among the Orthodox UGCC Ukrainians, "said

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