Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cardinal Josyf Slipyj of Blessed Memory on Catholic Veneration of Gregory Palamas

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Update 3/1/2016: Dear readers, I have and will publish in English, when able source {2}: Tvory Kard. Josyfa Verchovnoho Archyjepiskopa [Opera omnia Card. Josephi (Slipyj Kobernyckyj-Dyckovskyj) archiepiscopi maioris]. Rome: Universitas Ucrainorum a S. Clemente Papa, 1968-. 3/4:75-83. I need to hear back from the Ukrainian Catholic University of Pope St. Clement in Rome regarding source {3}. Pray for me, a sinner!

1. This is what I can gather regarding the holy Josyf Slipyj's justification of Catholic veneration of Gregory Palamas,{1} based on the relevant section of Pelikan, Jaroslav, Confessor Between East and West: a Portrait of Ukrainian Cardinal Josyf Slipyj (W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990).

2. Cardinal Slipyj cited the 1917 Eastern Catholic "Petersburg Synod" as historical precedent, because that synod sanctioned Eastern Cathlic veneration of Orthodox saints who were not canonized in the Roman Catholic Church (Pelikan 228).{1} The God-bearing cardinal argued for the compatibility of Palamite theology with Catholic theology based on his study of the writings of Fr. John Meyendorff and Fr. Georges Florovsky, both Eastern Orthodox scholars (228).{2} Cardinal Slipyj argued in a 200-page votum to which Fr. Serge Keleher refers{3} that the mystical theology of Gregory Palamas is indispensable to the Eastern Catholic tradition and Eastern Catholic piety, rather than antithetical to Catholic theology (228).
Notes & References
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{2} Tvory Kard. Josyfa Verchovnoho Archyjepiskopa [Opera omnia Card. Josephi (Slipyj Kobernyckyj-Dyckovskyj) archiepiscopi maioris]. Rome: Universitas Ucrainorum a S. Clemente Papa, 1968-. 3/4:75-83.
{3} Slipyj, Letter to Archbishop Franciscus Seper of Zagreb, 6.iv.1971, Archivum Patriarchale Sanctae Sophiae, Università Catolica Ucraina, Rome, 40:90-91.
{4} See post #218811 by Fr. Serge Keleher in The Byzantine Forum.

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