The ‘Lviv Sobor’ of 1946 and Its Aftermath

Towards Truth and Reconciliation


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In 1946 the ‘Lviv Sobor’ voted to liquidate the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church. The Moscow Patriarchate considers it a ‘triumph of Orthodoxy,’ while the Catholic Church condemns it as an illegitimate council convened by Soviet authorities. What is the truth? This volume presents the contexts of the ‘Lviv Sobor,’ its aftermath, and reception from various perspectives. Although there is no common narrative, scholars have concluded that the decisions of the ‘Lviv Sobor’ were coerced by Soviet authorities, the Russian Orthodox Church was forced to collaborate, and that reconciliation depends on acknowledging these facts in order to move toward reconciliation.

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Adam A. J. DeVille (Ph.D., St. Paul University, Ottawa, 2008) is Associate Professor in the Theology department and Director of Humanities at the University of Saint Francis, Ft. Wayne/IN. He is editor-in-chief of Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies and author of Everything Hidden Shall Be Revealed: Ridding the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power (Angelico Press, 2019) and Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East–West Unity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).

Daniel Galadza (S.E.O.D., Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, 2013) is Professor of Byzantine liturgy at the Pontifical Orientale Institute, Rome, and member of the Vienna Euchologia Project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include contemporary Eastern Catholic liturgy and history, and he is the author of Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Academic libraries for Eastern Christian Studies and Eastern European History (Graduate) Students of Church History and contemporary Political Science Practitioners in the area of Ukrainian Christianity (Orthodox and Eastern Catholic), as well as Orthodox and Eastern Catholics in general.
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