Freitag, 03. Juni 2016, 09:30 - 18:00 iCal

Arriving at a Common Narrative

The “Lviv Sobor” of 1946 and its Aftermath to the Present

Seminarraum am Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin (Alte Kapelle)
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 2.8, 1090 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 02. Juni 2016, 09:30 - 18:00

Samstag, 04. Juni 2016, 09:30 - 15:30

2016 marks the seventieth anniversary of the 1946 “Lviv Sobor” which liquidated one of the Eastern Catholic Churches—the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church—within the Soviet Union. The whole Ukrainian Greek-Catholic hierarchy within Soviet-controlled territory was arrested the previous year by Soviet authorities and sentenced to hard labour in Siberian prison camps, serving as “laboratories of ecumenism” where the Church was “purified by persecution”.

The first half of the conference focuses on historical questions, including the context of twentieth-century Eastern Europe, Uniatism, and Catholic-Orthodox relations, in order to facilitate sincere discussion of sensitive issues and lead to the “healing of memories” through anamnesis—not amnesia.

The second half of the conference examines the fallout from the “Lviv Sobor” from 1946 until the present, and looks at the place of Eastern Catholic Churches within the Ecumenical movement made possible by the Second Vatican Council. The final day of the conference will focus on arriving at a common narrative of the events and fallout of the “Lviv Sobor” and propose ways forward in dialogue, keeping a place open at the table for Eastern Catholic Churches.

The ultimate goal is to arrive at a common narrative that takes all sides into consideration. The conference intends to bring together scholars and representatives of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in order to facilitate sincere and open dialogue. Such a conference is ever more necessary due to the renewal of Christian persecution today, as well as war in Ukraine, which focus attention once more on the crisis of the divided Church.


Confirmed Speakers

Rev. Dr. Cyril HOVORUN (Yale University)

Prof. Sergei L. FIRSOV (St. Petersburg State University)

Dr. Mariya HORYACHA (Ukrainian Catholic University)

Prof. Thomas NÉMETH (Universität Würzburg)

Prof. Natalia SHLIKHTA (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Sr. Dr. Vassa LARIN (Universität Wien)

Rev. Dr. Hyacinthe DESTIVELLE O.P. (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)

Rev. Dr. Myroslaw TATARYN (St. Jerome’s University / University of Waterloo)

Prof. Antoine ARJAKOVSKY (Collège des Bernardins)


Public Evening Lecture

His Excellency Dr. Borys GUDZIAK (Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Volodymyr in Paris / Department of External Church Relations for the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church / Ukrainian Catholic University)

Dr. Vladislav PETRUSHKO (Official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate / Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University of Humanities)


Pro Oriente / Katholisch Theologische Fakultät

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Daniel Galadza
Universität Wien
Institut für Historische Theologie