\"Such a decision [transferring the see of the Head of the UGCC from Lviv to Kyiv – auth.] would look illogical if all Greek-Catholics were only in western Ukraine. I was in Donets’k and saw that even there there are Greek-Catholics, in Sumy, in Crimea. Greek-Catholics were cast out from that part of Ukraine, but they returned.\" So said His Beatitude Lubomyr, Head of the UGCC, answering the questions of readers of the Ukrainian weekly magazine \"Correspondent.\"" />

His Beatitude Lubomyr answered the questions of readers of “Correspondent”

Monday, 17 March 2009, 23:54
"Such a decision [transferring the see of the Head of the UGCC from Lviv to Kyiv – auth.] would look illogical if all Greek-Catholics were only in western Ukraine. I was in Donets’k and saw that even there there are Greek-Catholics, in Sumy, in Crimea. Greek-Catholics were cast out from that part of Ukraine, but they returned." So said His Beatitude Lubomyr, Head of the UGCC, answering the questions of readers of the Ukrainian weekly magazine "Correspondent."
"Such a decision [transferring the see of the Head of the UGCC from Lviv to Kyiv – auth.] would look illogical if all Greek-Catholics were only in western Ukraine. I was in Donets’k and saw that even there there are Greek-Catholics, in Sumy, in Crimea. Greek-Catholics were cast out from that part of Ukraine, but they returned." So said His Beatitude Lubomyr, Head of the UGCC, answering the questions of readers of the Ukrainian weekly magazine "Correspondent." The readers of the magazine posed their questions to the Head of UGCC as part of a joint project of the magazine "Correspondent" and the web-site Korrespondent.net. As Korrespondent.net reports, the purpose of the project is to enable readers of the web-site to pose questions to noted politicians, public figures, stars of show-business, and businesspeople. Consequently, from a whole list of questions the editors chose the best, which were posed to His Beatitude Lubomyr. It is necessary to note that the question about the transference of the see was posed by a few readers. Also, it was actively discussed in the comments on Korrespondent.net. "We did not transfer the see of the Head of the UGCC, but we returned it to the place where we once were." So His Beatitude Lubomyr continued his answer. In his words, up to the beginning of the 19th century the Greek-Catholic Kyiv metropolitan was in Kyiv. And when the Russian Empire practically fully occupied Ukraine, it consistently kept Greek-Catholics out of its lands. "But when the Bolshevik regime came, for diverse reasons Greek-Catholics went back to the eastern, central and south areas of Ukraine. And our obligation is to serve them," the Head of the UGCC explained. "Kyiv is the center of the state, and all large church organizations have their main representative offices here. It is natural that the UGCC also has its main see in the capital. The Greek-Catholic Church is not a western Ukrainian but an all-Ukrainian reality," His Beatitude Lubomyr noted. On the pages of the magazine it is also possible to become acquainted with the answers of the Head of the UGCC about the probability of the unity of the traditional Christian Churches, about political realities, and whether he dreamed of becoming the Pope of Rome. In addition, there are answers to questions about the attitude of the UGCC toward yoga exercises and the theory of Darwin.

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