Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cardinal Josyf Slipyj of Blessed Memory on the Appropriateness of Catholic Veneration of St. 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 St. 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, since 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 demonstrated 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} Ultimately, as the most erudite Slipyj showed in the 200-page votum to which Fr. Serge Keleher refers,{3} the mystical theology of St. Gregory Palamas is indispensable to the Eastern Catholic tradition and Eastern Catholic piety, rather than antithetical to Catholic theology (228).
Notes & References
{1} For my own attempt, see Huysman, Will R. "Apologia Pro Sanctus Gregorius Palamas." The Banana Republican. 27 Mar. 2009. 26 Sept. 2009 <http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2009/03/apologia-pro-sanctus-gregorius-palamas.html>.
{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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