Cardinal Husar Suggests a Synod for Eastern Churches

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 10, 2005 ( Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, archbishop major of Lviv of the Ukrainians, proposed that the next Synod of Bishops be dedicated to the Eastern Churches.

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The president of the synod of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church said that this initiative would be important “in order to grow also in Catholic intra-ecclesial communion.”

The cardinal today addressed the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist on the theme, “Tradition of the Greek Ukrainian Catholic Church.”

“My preface is that there can be no doubt whatsoever that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the life and mission of the Church,” he said. “But this is also true for the Eastern Churches.”

He asked: “If the liturgy is a ‘regula fidei,’ if the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Eastern Churches in communion with the See of Rome and by the Orthodox or apostolic Churches is identical for both, if there is mutual recognition of the apostolic succession of bishops … then my question is: What more is required for unity?”

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