Wednesday 23 February 2022
1 – With war looming, will Kyiv get a Catholic patriarch?
2 – Bishops in Spain ask lawyers to audit their sex abuse record
3 – Editorial: Pope Francis’ trip to Malta and the problem of general elections
4 – Homosexuality: the Church’s sexual morality is “at the end of its life” according to a German theologian
5 – Rwandan couple killed in the 1994 genocide could be beatified
The Congregation for Eastern Churches, the Vatican office that oversees the Eastern Catholic Churches, is considering a request that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church be given “patriarchal” status, according to sources consulted by The Pillar. This is the highest canonical status possible for an Eastern Catholic Church. Currently the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which is the largest of the Eastern Catholic ones with 4.5 million faithful, is headed by a “major archbishop” rather than a patriarch. A Church historian in Ukraine told The Pillar that amid the prospect of a Russian invasion, the appointment of a patriarch for the Ukrainian Church would be “great moral support.” It is not clear for now whether the Congregation will recommend a change in status to Pope Francis. The Pontiff, though, “is considered a moral leader of the world, and Ukrainian society is expecting words of support from him,” the historian explained.
The Pillar, English