146 – “That all the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine may live in peace and harmony, and that the Catholic communities in the country may contribute to this, in such a way that our Christian brotherhood may become increasingly evident”

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Recently in Cuba, in the presence of the tyrant Raúl Castro, a joint declaration was signed by Bergoglio and Kirill, Patriarch schismatic Russian church, and ex- KGB agent (see article). The declaration proposes that Catholics and schismatics work together…under which shepherd? It is not clear whether they would join forces under the command of Christ or under that of wolves in Shepherds clothes… In the former case, that of being with Christ, there should have been mention of the schismatics’ need to reconcile with Rome, but we already know that Francis is not overly worried about that.

For centuries, a good part of the Ukrainians have understood exactly what Francis seems to have forgotten. And they fought and suffered to keep united to the Only Shepherd and remain within the flock of the Holy Church despite many persecutions. The Ukrainians are a people who have shed their blood for their faith, been tortured for their fidelity, and persecuted for following Christ. They deserve, then, the admiration of the Catholic world, and above all, need the support of the Vicar of He for whom they have given their lives…

400 years ago, Ukrainians who had been forced to join the schism, reconciled with Rome through the famous “Union of Brest”. The Ukrainian Bishops saw the Union as the first step toward the return of the entire Greek-schismatic church, which would put an end to the division that had started in 1054. But specific groups were violently opposed to this excellent plan: the Protestants, Muslims, and schismatic Russians. The Patriarchs of Moscow, and later, the communists (with the support and total complicity of the erroneously self-proclaimed ‘orthodox’ Church), sought to eliminate the Catholic Church from their territory.

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The Denzinger-Bergoglio would like to present the historical facts of the past, both remote and recent. And we want to tell our Ukrainian brethren that their blood was not shed in vain, and that it is cherished by true Catholics, including the Denzinger-Bergoglio and collaborators. The fidelity of the Ukrainians serves as a model and stimulus for Catholics throughout the entire world.

Some final questions must also be resolved. Why is Bergoglio a friend of Kirill? What kind of ecumenism does Bergoglio wish to establish with him? Who benefits from it?

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Enter in the various parts of our study

ContentsI – A separation originating from a grave theological question and insubordination to RomeII – Historic facts of attempts toward union by the ChurchIII – History of the Church in UkraineIV– Ecumenism must not be a pretext to betray Catholics over to the hands of the Schismatics
I – A separation originating from a grave theological question and insubordination to Rome
II – Historic facts of attempts toward union by the Church
III – History of the Church in Ukraine
1 – The heart of the Ukrainian people always beats for Rome
2 – The position of the Bishops of Kiev in the Councils of Lyons and Florence, and the persecution suffered as a result
3 – A historic and providential event: the Union of Brest
4 – Who opposed the Union of Brest?
5 – Moscow tried everything to frustrate the accord
6 – The hatred of communist USSR for the Ukrainian Catholic Church
IV– Ecumenism must not be a pretext to betray Catholics over to the hands of the Schismatics


I – A separation originating from a grave theological question and insubordination to Rome


John Paul II

The great schism of the East began with the negation of the precedence of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son…

María Ximena Rondón and Andrea Gagliarducci

…and consummated with the disobedience of the Church of Constantinople to the Pope

Jacques Forget

The way was prepared by nurturing a spirit of defiance toward Rome

II – Historic facts of attempts toward union by the Church


John Paul II

Frequent and intense efforts were made by Rome to restore full communion
Denzinger-Bergoglio Note:
 The Council of Lyons (1274), which was attended by distinguished theologians like St. Bonaventure (while his Dominican counterpart, St. Thomas Aquinas died on the way to the Council), had as its principal objective, union with the Greeks. In the fourth session, the confession of faith of Michal Palaeologus, the Greek emperor, was read in the presence of the Pope, clearly pronouncing the contrary of the errors of the schismatics. The reconciliation of the Greeks with Rome lasted only until the death of Michal Palaeologus, in 1282.

Council of Lyons II (Ecumenical XIV)

The Orthodox Emperor Michael Palaeologus revokes his errors and professes the opposite
The Council of Lyons conceded privileges to the patriarchal churches united to Rome

Antonio Touron, OP

The Pope and Saint Thomas Aquinas worked intensely to overcome the schism
Denzinger-Bergoglio Note:
 Through the Council of Florence, Pope Eugene IV once again tried to finish off with the schism, reconciling the differences between Greeks and Latins.

Bernardino Llorca and Ricardo García Villoslada

Rome paid for all of the expenses of the Greeks during the Council of Florence
Denzinger-Bergoglio Note: 
 “On July 6, 1439, a decree of union with the Greeks was proclaimed in Florence, which had the value of an ex cathedra definition. The decree promulgated through the Bull Laetenter coeli, dealt with the procession of the Holy Spirit, of the Eucharist, of Purgatory and of the Primacy of Rome.” (José Antonio Sayés. La Iglesia de Cristo: Curso de Eclesiología, Palabra, Madrid, 2003)
 The reconciliation of the Greeks signified a complete adhesion to the doctrine of the Catholic Church. The Church did not permit that union be had, without the Greeks revoking their erroneous doctrines regarding the procession of the Holy Spirit, Purgatory and the Papacy. 
 These points may be found in the Denzinger-. From 1300 from 1303, it speaks of the procession of the Holy Spirit; 1304-1306, of the destiny of the deceased; 1307 of the Roman Primacy.

Bernardino Llorca and Ricardo García Villoslada

The Council of Florence united the two Churches

Council of Florence (Ecumenical XVII)

Rejoicing of the Supreme Pontiff and the Church for the union that was established

III – History of the Church in Ukraine


1 – The heart of the Ukrainian people always beats for Rome


Pius XII

The Ukrainians looked toward the Church of Rome as an only mother, and to her they payed obedience and veneration
Denzinger-Bergoglio Note:
 Father Athanasius Peckar, OSBM (of the Order of Saint Basil) wrote a very well-documented study about the Order and consigned a considerable part of it to the Church in Ukraine. To carry out his work, he had access to the Vatican archives in their original language, where all of the historic fidelity of the Catholics in Ukraine, and the persecutions suffered during by them centuries due to their obedience to Rome, is amply registered.

Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

The Church of Kiev never formally broke away from Rome
When the Byzantine Patriarch prohibited any contact with Rome, the Prince of Kiev placed all the Ukrainian lands under the protection of the Apostolic See
Even after the Greek schism of 1054 AD, Kiev celebrated a Latin Liturgical feast as a sign of communion with the Holy See
In 1147, the Metropolitan of Kiev publicly venerated the relics of Pope Saint Clement as a ‘sign of submission and obedience to the Apostolic See of Rome’

2 – The position of the Bishops of Kiev in the Councils of Lyons and Florence, and the persecution suffered as a result


Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

The Metropolitan and the Prince of Kiev desired union with Rome

John Paul II

The fidelity of the Church in Ukraine was testified to during the Councils of Lyons and Florence
Isidore of Kiev: faithful interpreter and defender of the decisions of that Council, who endured exile for his convictions
The Russians did not accept the implantation of the decree of the Council of Florence and imprisoned Isidore of Kiev
The desire to return to communion with the Apostolic See was always with the Ruthenian Bishops
The Ukrainian bishops came to the conclusion that it was their own responsibility to return to the unity of the Church under the supreme authority of the Bishop of Rome

John Paul II

The Church was never happy about the sad state of her disunity

3 – A historic and providential event: the Union of Brest


John Paul II

The Union of Brest brought about official union of the Ukrainian Church with Rome

Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

The Ukrainian bishops came out for the first time with a solemn declaration in favor of union with Rome

Pius XII

The Metropolitan and the Bishops acknowledged one Supreme Pastor and First Bishop in the Church of God on earth, no other than the Holy Pope of Rome
Discussions of the whole matter finally reached the desired happy result
Pope Clement VIII joyfully communicated the news of this happy event to the world

Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

At the Union of Brest the bishops affirmed their belief in the procession of the Holy Spirit
Denzinger-Bergoglio Note: for a Doctrinal clarification regarding the ‘Filioque’ and the use of the words ‘proceeding from the Father through the Son’, which is to also affirm that the Holy Spirit ‘proceeds from the Father and the Son’ while laying emphasis on the order of the divine processions, see: this study. 
The Ukrainian Bishops saw the Union of Brest as a first step toward the union of all of the Greek Church, thus putting to an end the schism of 1054
What was achieved at Brest was not a theoretical solution, but a concrete carrying out of union between the Orient and Latin churches

4 – Who opposed the Union of Brest?


Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

Protestant influence pitted Prince Ostroz’kyj against Rome – he even formed an anti-Catholic coalition with the Protestants

Pius XII

Saint Josaphat, intrepid champion of Catholic unity, was hunted down with bitter hatred and murderous intent by the schismatics, and then slain

Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

The Cossacks, moved by the schismatic patriarch of Jerusalem, ally of the Muscovites, undertook a violent campaign and restored the Orthodox hierarchy in Ukraine

5 – Moscow tried everything to frustrate the accord


Pius XII

The Russian civil authorities employed a project to destroy the unity of the Ruthenians with the Roman Church

Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

The rulers of Moscow applied violence and terror against those who dared to join the Union of Brest
Czar Peter I personally slaughtered several Basilian monks and tortured a Bishop
Catherine II began a violent liquidation of Catholic parishes, forcing the faithful to join the Orthodox Church
The insolent proclamation of the Synod of Moscow: “Catholic union in the lands under Russian possession no longer existed and neither it could exist in Orthodox Russia”

Pius XII

Miseries, perils and hardships with which the Ruthenians strived to retain their faith when they had been driven by force and fraud into schism
Examples of “fraternal love” of the Orthodox towards the Ukrainian Catholics

6 – The hatred of communist USSR for the Ukrainian Catholic Church


Natalia Shlikhta

‘Partnership’ between communists and schismatics against the Union: the Soviet state, professing militant atheism, finally fulfills the dream of the Moscow Patriarchate to ‘reintegrate’ its claimed ‘ecclesiastical territory’

Athanasius Peckar, OSBM

The Soviet authorities violently suppressed the Ukrainian Catholic Church

The Ukrainian Weekly

The Russian Orthodox Church is clearly an instrument for the carrying out of the policies of the Soviet state

Clemente González

Cardinal Josyf Slipyj: 18 years of torture in the hands of the Russian Communists for the “crime” of unfailing fidelity to the Pope

John Paul II

Praise for Cardinal Josyf Slipyi’s fidelity

IV– Ecumenism must not be a pretext to betray Catholics over to the hands of the Schismatics


John Paul II

The ecumenical work of our day especially between the Churches of the West and East, cannot overlook the importance of the attempts at restoring the unity of the Church

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  1. If Francis wants peace with Russian Orthodoxs, instead of signing papers with schismatics why doesn’t he follow Our Lady of Fatima’s advice and consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart? What are his intentions? Which church is he favoring? The true Church of Christ of the false “church” of the schismatics? Seeing all this confusion within the Church we Catholics need to heed Our Lady’s petition and pray the rosary everyday and beg that the promise of her triumph over the evil one come as soon as possible. Maybe you could publish some prayers we can pray for the Church in these troubled days.

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