In fact, the purpose of the new monastery was not only to serve as the headquarters of a metropolitan cathedral, a plan that never came into being, but also as rulers' necropolis and outpost of affirmation for the right (orthodox) faith against the background of Uniatism
which ravaged the Northern areas of Moldova, and protestant proselytism that threatened the western border of the country.
For this reason the Russian Orthodox Church is partly right when it states that the problem of Uniatism
in Ukraine ought to be discussed: at least from the local point of view, since part of the Orthodox Church perceives it so, it is clear that, in that case (but not only), the dialogue of love suffers or is non-existent.
In its document on interchurch ties, the council said Orthodoxy believed in "eschewing every act of proselytism, uniatism
, or other provocative act of inter-confessional competition," but also condemned "all efforts to break the unity of the Church, undertaken by individuals or groups under the pretext of maintaining or allegedly defending true Orthodoxy"
Komonchak, "The Local Church and the Church Catholic: The Contemporary Theological Problematic," Jurist 52 (1992) 416-47; John Paul II, address to the Roman Curia, December 21, 1984, Acta Apostolicae Sedis 7 (1985) 503-14, quoted in Komonchak, "The Local Church and the Church Catholic" 440-41; and Herve Legrand, "Le dialogue catholique-orthodoxe: Quelques enjeux ecclesiologiques de la crise actuelle autour des Eglises unies," Centro pm unione bulletin 43 (1993) 3-16; published in abridged English translation as "Uniatism
and Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue," Theology Digest 42 (1995) 127-33.
Of course, with the dismantling of the Soviet system and President Michail Gorbachev's perestroika, the issue of Uniatism
came to the fore.
(15) They passed on the SOC's position to Cardinal Bea, according to which the main obstacle for the improvement of relations between the two churches was the spread of the RCC's influence ("Uniatism
") at the SOC's expense in the contiguous areas (above all in Croatia).
The collection focuses on popular Orthodoxy (and, to a lesser extent, Uniatism
) in the modern-day territories of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.
, proselytism) explain part of the opposition of many Orthodox to ecumenical relationships.
Taft's solution for ecumenism is a rejection of "Uniatism
" for the future, which he views, along with the Orthodox, as an obstacle in Church union.
While he speaks of assistance and cooperation, he raises the issue of Uniatism
(Christians who use the Byzantine rite but have been united to Rome since the late sixteenth century).
In 1990, 1991, and 1993, the, International Orthodox-Catholic Commission for Theological Dialogue formally rejected "uniatism
," and in 1993, it announced that the Latin and Eastern Rite Catholic Churches "no longer intended to proselytize among the Orthodox." "Declaration de la Commission mixte intemationale pour le dialogue theologique entre l'Eglise catholique et l'Eglise orthodoxe," 23 June 1993, quoted in La Documentation Catholique 2077 (1-15 August 1993): 711, 713.
In noting the statement of Balamand on Uniatism
, Method of Union of the Past, and the Present Search for full Communion (1993), Pierre Duprey celebrates `Une etape importante du dialogue catholique-orthodoxe'.