Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church (UO GCC)
The orthodox Catholic Bishops’ Synod of the UGCC declared before God and before the faithful of Ukraine on 11 August 2009 the orthodox structure of the Church under the name of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church – abbreviated to UO GCC. This structure includes all priests, religious and believers who are faithful to the Catholic faith and until this time had no other choice but to stay under the rule of apostates. The apostates unlawfully hold power in the UGCC in spite of being excluded from the Church. Therefore, the orthodox Catholic Bishops’ Synod of the UGCC was forced to establish a new Church structure for the orthodox faithful of the UGCC.
UO GCC is founded on the Apostolic and Eastern Catholic Tradition and, above all, dissociates itself from the contemporary heresies which destroy both the Eastern and Western Church.
Memorandum of the UO GCC
Our orthodox Catholic Bishops’ Synod pointed out last year the heresies of Card. L. Husar which violate the very essence of the Christian faith. The Cardinal did not present a single explanatory argument against the accusation of heresies. Unfortunately, the whole Synod of the UGCC manifested their unity with him and with his heresies. Instead of dealing with the most essential problem, i.e. L. Husar’s proclamation of heresies, they took his side and help him towards the elimination of the orthodox Catholic faithful. The heresies are as follows:
1) casting doubt on the Divinity of Christ
2) casting doubt on the Virginity of the Mother of God
3) casting doubt on the eternity of hell
4) promotion of occultism and syncretism
5) divination by pendulum
6) approval of homosexuality and doctrinal and moral relativism
7) casting doubt on the primacy and infallibility of the Pope
8) promotion of reincarnation
This was the reason why the orthodox Catholic Bishops’ Synod of the UGCC was formed – in order to become the antipole of these heresies and an alternative for those who want to keep the saving faith in Jesus Christ.
After a year’s experience of intrigues of the heretical Synod and of its indifference concerning questions of purity of the faith, as well as after the experience of Vatican’s silence on so serious a problem as heresies inside the Church, we were forced to take a serious decision: to establish the Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church (UO GCC). This Church professes the Apostolic Tradition, its unalterable foundations of the Christian faith contained in God’s Revelation, in the teaching of the Church Fathers of the General Councils and in the Church’s Tradition, which is called the depositum fidei. UO GCC accepts the primacy of the Roman Pontiff, but it does not adhere to the Pope who proclaims heresies because according to the Bull of Paul IV such a one is no Pope any more even if he continues as the holder of the apostolic see. So UO GCC accepts the infallibility of an orthodox Pope when he speaks ex cathedra on questions of faith and morals. In accordance with the Eastern Tradition, UO GCC protects our canonical autonomy, which was characteristic of the patriarchates in the first millennium. The basic linking element of our unity with the Pope is the purity of faith. The office of the Pope was instituted by Jesus Christ to protect the purity of faith as well as God’s flock against wolves – heretics.
Concerning administration of our Church, we can by no means be subordinate to Vatican dicasteries which nowadays by their activity deny the essence of the papacy and proclaim or shield heresies. Our step of separation from heretics and from heresies cannot be called a schism; on the contrary, it is a vital spiritual operation for the salvation of the orthodox faithful in the UGCC. Through this step all the faithful of the UGCC, the priests, religious and laity, now have the opportunity to come out of the supremacy of heretics and to become incorporated in an orthodox Catholic structure. For the purpose of registration before the state authorities the orthodox Greek Catholic Church accepted the name ‘Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church’ (UO GCC).
The heretical structure headed by Cardinal Husar slowly and cunningly destroys orthodoxy and the foundations of the Christian faith. The orthodox Catholic Bishops’ Synod has stood up in defence of the heritage of the Fathers, of the apostolic and orthodox Catholic faith. The heretics have fallen into apostasy, and everyone who is subordinate to them ceases to be a Catholic and even a Christian. Until 11 August 2009, when the orthodox Catholic Synod came out with the specific appeal, the priests, religious and believers had no other choice but to stay under the sway of heresy. UO GCC has become a safeguard for all who want to remain faithful to the Catholic and Apostolic Tradition.
Orthopraxy without orthodoxy does not bring life but death. It means that exterior Christian forms and practices without true faith bring death.
It would be just if every heretical bishop penitently resigned and rightly gave place to an orthodox bishop. The people of God – the Church – would thus be protected by true shepherds against heresies, and an exterior change – establishment of a new official structure – would not have to take place. Since heretics unlawfully continue in office, the orthodox religious, priests and believers have no other choice but to separate from them and join the new orthodox structure. This is the only way how to keep the saving faith and how to protect Christianity in Ukraine against heresies!
Wherein consists the essence of heresy? The sheep came to the sheepfold (the Church) to take shelter from the wolves. A wolf – a heretic – is disguised as a shepherd with a shepherd’s staff in his hand. The sheep cuddle up to him in the belief that they will be safe with the shepherd. However, he himself starts slaying them and then opens the door for a pack of other wolves that they may complete the work of death. The sheep have no other choice but to get out of the wolf-fold in time and to go over to God’s sheepfold where there is a true shepherd and which is the only place where they can obtain eternal life. In the present time heretics do not even have as much honesty as pirates who, when a fight was about to start, fairly lowered the royal flag and raised the flag with the symbol of death. Heresies are like a bottle of poison. It would be a crime not to label it with a sign of death and to offer it as a drink. This is what heretics are doing in the Church nowadays. It is a grim but real picture of heresy and heretics not only in our Eastern but today even in the whole Western Catholic Church. Under the rule of heresy and heretics in the Church one is officially marching along the broad way to hell. Everyone who unites with heresies becomes poisoned and loses eternal life.
The orthodox Catholic Synod which held a meeting in Lvov-Bryukhovychi on 11 August 2009 publicly declared the establishment of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church, abbreviated to UO GCC, justified its official existence and wrote a letter to the Holy Father (it was before the Pope of Rome fell under an anathema on 1 May 2011 by reason of his public apostatical gesture), wherein it confesses unity of the Catholic faith with the Successor of St. Peter. The Synod also wrote a letter to President of Ukraine V. Yushchenko, asking him to prevent unlawful postponement of the registration of this already existent Church.
Synod of the UO GCC
On 29 September 2009, a synod of the bishops of the UO GCC took place in Lvov, presided over by Metropolitan Michael Osidach. Bishop Elijah Dohnal OSBMr through the laying on of the Metropolitan’s hands was appointed an archbishop on the same day. The Synod approved the appointment.
We wish many years in the fight for Christ and His laws and then – memory eternal!
The new head of the UO GCC
During July and August 2012, extreme and systematic psychological pressure was exerted on the Head of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church (UO GCC), Archbishop Michael Osidach, on the part of the UGCC representatives in cooperation with the journal “Express”. Archbishop Michael had suffered three heart attacks. Therefore, not only his health but even his life was under threat. Using great pressure and manipulation, they instigated the Archbishop to make a public declaration denying that he is a bishop and even a priest. They thus wanted to question the mental health of this 83-year-old archbishop. It was a purposeful organized criminal attack on the UO GCC with the aim of its elimination.
With respect to that situation, when not only the health but even the life of the Head of the UO GCC, Archbishop Michael Osidach, was under threat, the Bishops’ Synod of the UO GCC suggested that he should voluntarily and freely hand over the office of Head of the UO GCC to his Secretary, Archbishop Markian OSBMr. Bishop Michael agreed to the proposal of the Bishops’ Synod (http://vkpatriarhat.org.ua/?p=9716).
Bishop Michael Osidach died
On 21 February 2013, Bishop Michael Osidach died. His wish was to be buried by one of the orthodox Catholic bishops. He expressed that wish 14 days before his death.
When Bishop Marcian, religious sisters and orthodox Catholic believers came to the funeral in his native village, the UGCC clergy headed by the vicar Kotkyevych did not open the coffin at all and created a scandal during the funeral procession. They had even engaged some policemen. But the police recognized that it was the churchmen who disturbed the peace and not our peaceful believers who came to pay their last respects to Bishop Michael, the first Head of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church (UO GCC).
In blessed repose, grant, O Lord, eternal rest to the soul of Your servant, Archbishop Michael, and remember him forever!
Brief information about the new bishops of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek Catholic Church
+ Markian V. Hitiuk OSBMr
Born in 1970, Ukraine. Joined OSBM in 1990. Studied in Warsaw; ordained priest in 1997. In 2003 he received licentiate in theology at the University of Opole. At the present time he lives in the Basilian monastery in Pidhirtsi, Diocese of Zhovkva.
+ Elijah A. Dohnal OSBMr
Born in 1946, Czech Republic. Ordained priest in 1972. Joined OSBM in 1991. Novitiate finished in Warsaw; in 1999 he received doctorate in theology at Charles University in Prague. At the present time he lives in the Basilian monastery in Pidhirtsi, Diocese of Zhovkva.
+ Methodius R. Shpirzhik OSBMr
Born in 1968, Czech Republic. OSBM novitiate (1991-1992) as well as theological studies finished in Warsaw. Ordained priest in 1996; in 2002 he received doctorate in theology at Charles University in Prague. He served as a priest in Prague, mainly among Ukrainian believers, later he was transferred to Ukraine. At the present time he lives in the Basilian monastery in Pidhirtsi, Diocese of Zhovkva.
+ Samuel R. Oberhauser
Born in 1969, Slovak Republic. OSBM novitiate finished in Poland; ordained priest in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) in 2000. In 2008 he received doctorate in pedagogy at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. At the present time he serves as parish priest in the village of Pidhirtsi, Diocese of Zhovkva.