Decree of establishment
The Synod of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church
by the grace of the Holy Trinity and
under the patronage of the Most Holy Mother of God
considered the critical situation in the Catholic Church, namely:
violation of the saving faith in the Catholic Church
and acceptance of a new teaching and a different spirit
which is contrary to the fundamental truths of the Gospel
and the Apostolic Tradition.
On 5 April 2011 the Synod resolved to establish
the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate.
The mission and purpose – to unite all believers who desire
to preserve the sacred deposit of the Catholic faith,
regardless of nationality or belonging
to any of the Catholic Churches or traditions.
Lvov, Zhovkva, 5 April 2011
+ Michael Osidach, Head of the UOGCC
+ Elijah Dohnal OSBMr, Vicar of Head of the UOGCC
+ Markian Hitiuk OSBMr
+ Methodius Spirik OSBMr
+ Samuel Oberhauser OSBMr
+ Basil Kolodi OSBMr
+ Timothy Sojka OSBMr
Under Communism, in the years 1946-1990, the UGCC was in the catacombs in the USSR.
In 1996, against the will of three Metropolitans of the UGCC, 17 years excommunicated Bishop L. Husar, who spent his entire life in the West, was illegally installed as a successor to seriously ill Card. Lyubachivskyi, the then Head of the UGCC.
In 2002, in the Basilian monastery in Pidhirtsi a blessed mission began.
In 2004, by a secret decree № 399/2003 of 6th August 2004, Husar turned to the state authorities of Ukraine with a request for deportation of the Pidhirtsi monks from Ukraine.
In 2006, Husar wrote a book “Discussions with His Beatitude L. Husar: On postconfessional Christianity”, in which he preaches several heresies denying the fundamental doctrine of the Church.
On 3rd March 2008, the episcopal consecration of four Basilian monks from the Pidhirtsi monastery was made public. This was announced to the Holy Father along with an explanation that this step was taken in an emergency situation and for the good of the UGCC. By Husar’s overt preaching of heresies, an emergency situation arose in Ukraine. Similarly, there was an emergency under Communism when the orthodox Catholics were persecuted and the Church was in the catacombs. For that reason it was necessary to circumvent the ecclesiastical procedure and receive episcopal consecration in a manner in which it was conferred in the Communist era. Four bishops have suggested a personal visit to the Holy Father, during which they would tell him all the details of the ordination including the documentary photos from the ordination rite. Episcopal consecration of four Basilians was made known also to many Catholic bishops and the entire Ukrainian public. The Holy Father neither excommunicated nor imposed whatever penalty on these four bishops for this non-observance of the ecclesiastical procedure. The Holy Father’s reaction was different from the reaction of his predecessor who immediately excommunicated the bishops consecrated by Msgr. Lefebvre. Silence of the Pope in the case of the episcopal consecrations in Ukraine was taken as an endorsement. Naturally, the bishops did not announce the names of consecrators, circumstances and time to the apostates. Already for a long period of time they had had a sad experience of the dastardly acts of their opponents by which they have destroyed all the divine in the Church. Soon after the publication of the episcopal consecrations, there were consecrated two more bishops, and they all united with two other bishops consecrated in the Communist era. Thus the orthodox Synod of the UGCC was born as a counterbalance of the UGCC official apostate Synod. Grubby intrigues on the part of the official hierarchy and their manipulation of the state authorities made the orthodox Synod establish an orthodox branch of the UGCC under the title of the UOGCC.
On 5th April 2011, due to the growing crisis in the Church, the orthodox Synod of Bishops declared the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate, whose scope of activity goes beyond the limits of the Ukrainian Church and which has become an orthodox alternative for the orthodox Catholics of the Latin rite. The establishment of the Patriarchate has an extremely serious reason, namely: defence of the orthodox Catholic teaching and morals in the whole Catholic Church! As from 1st May 2011, the official structure of the Roman Catholic Church has lost this function and is no longer competent to exercise it because of the fact that its prelates have brought down the severest God’s punishment of anathema upon themselves for elevating the spirit of Assisi – the spirit of antichrist – to the altar of the Church.
of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate (BCP)
1) The reason for establishment of BCP
In 2008, the orthodox Catholic Synod of the UGCC was established, comprised of eight bishops (one deceased). The reason for its establishment was the fact that ex-Cardinal L. Husar publicly proclaims heresies denying the essence of the Catholic faith and Christianity. The orthodox Bishops’ Synod is in opposition to the apostatical structure. This structure leads the clergy and faithful through apostasy to eternal damnation. Because this heretical structure was reluctant to dissociate itself from the heresies of L. Husar even after several appeals, the orthodox Synod of Bishops promulgated God’s anathema, i.e. excommunication from the Church, against apostate bishops of the UGCC. These prelates now occupy their posts unlawfully. By gross defamation and mendacious pastoral letters they seek to destroy the orthodox bishops and orthodox Catholics. Therefore it was necessary to separate from the UGCC and establish a new Church for orthodox believers under the name of Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church (UOGCC). It happened on 11 August 2009. The notice about and grounds for establishment of the new Church were given to Pope Benedict XVI.
All through its existence the orthodox Bishops’ Synod has urged the Holy Father to carry out a true reform of the Catholic Church. This Synod of orthodox Catholic bishops, moreover, unceasingly agitates not only the state authorities of Ukraine but the government officials all over Europe against the introduction of an antidecalogue in legislation (homosexuality, juvenile justice, so-called gender ideology, antipedagogy, euthanasia…). This Synod has also restored the anathema of God against all Christians who are members of the half-secret Masonic organization.
The orthodox Synod appealed to bishops of the Catholic Church to confess the faith and renounce unity with the contemporary heresies. The orthodox Synod was forced to promulgate an anathema on 4872 apostate bishops who remained in unity with heresies. It concerns primarily heresies denying the Divinity of Christ and the inspiration of Scripture (historical-critical theology) and the heresy of so-called reverence for pagan demons (Assisi 1986).
The bishops who have fallen away from the faith now consecrate bishops and priests invalidly. The need for restoration of the Catholic Church and of whole Christianity required establishment of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate. The Patriarchate is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. It dissociates itself from all heresies and preaches the orthodox doctrine as it was preached by the apostles and church fathers.
2) The scope of activity of BCP
The Patriarchate unites all orthodox Christians under spiritual authority which fully represents the true Gospel and the teaching of Christ on earth. This authority categorically dissociates itself from all heresies and professes the saving faith which ensures a safe way to salvation for all who are subordinate to the spiritual authority of the Patriarchate. The mission and purpose of the Byzantine Patriarchate is to give patronage to all believers who desire to preserve the sacred deposit of the Catholic faith, regardless of nationality or belonging to any of the Catholic Churches or traditions.
3) Conditions of admission to BCP
An Eastern or Western Catholic believer who wants to be under the jurisdiction of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate must confess as a basis the following fundamental truths and renounce heresies.
The confession form:
1) I believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man.
2) I believe that we obtain salvation through Jesus Christ alone (cf. Acts 4:12).
3) I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for us, that means even for me and my sins.
4) I believe that on the third day He rose again historically and really.
5) I renounce historical-critical theology (HCT) and the spirit which is behind it.
6) I renounce the spirit of syncretism and relativism.
7) I renounce scraps of heresies in the Nostra aetate declaration as well as the so-called spirit of Assisi.
8) I renounce Satan and demons, especially those that nowadays work through covert forms of magic, divination and spiritism (homoeopathy, acupuncture, hypnosis, divination by pendulum, dowsing-rod…).
9) I renounce the spirit of New Age.
10) I consider homosexual activity an abomination and a deadly sin.
11) I renounce the spirit working through Freemasons and organizations associated with them (Rotary Club, Lions Club…).