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Views on the Religious Union of the Ukrainian People

"If different the Christian churches of Ukraine are to fulfil the task of uniting the Ukrainian people, they must get rid of that spirit of split and hatred, which sows the seeds of enmity among Ukrainians. All of us, as many as we are, must do everything within our power to make peace and to overcome the spirit of split and hostility towards our brothers. Under these historical circumstances, our hierarchs now face the question of breaking the canonical connection that joins them to the Churches to which they belong. They must do so, and yet do not break it in the name of selfishness or imperialism, but in the name of Love, Christian obedience and church authority. They also must be aware that while breaking this canonical connection, they should not lose all that was universal, healthy and gracious in the Maternal Churches, yet only things potentially controversial to the universal Faith and Apostolic Tradition."

"Religious unity, which is greater than the unity of national consciousness and state affiliation, can become the basis for deep moral unity of all those who feel themselves Ukrainians."

In 1941-1943, Metropolitan Sheptytsky wrote a large number of letters to Ukrainian Orthodox Christians and Ukrainian Orthodox intellectuals, calling on them to work on religious and national understanding and association. However, his words were not met with understanding, perceived rather as an attempt of proselytism.
"I wished those who belonged to different confessions try to get closer to each other, obviously while preserving their own proper sphere.
Everyone understood my invitation only as a rallying call to the integral union of the Orthodox with us, Gr[eek]-Catholics, and yet only as the Orthodox acceptance of our Union with the Holy Roman See. And we could talk about different ways of reaching an understanding without merging into single religion. One could also think of the union of Orthodox religions with the Gr[eek] Catholic in which a new faith from two united would rise. That would be neither a long-standing Orthodox religion nor an ancient Gr[eek] Cath[olic] Church. Nobody thought about those various possibilities. My offer was taken roughly just as another call for the Union

Despite all the complexity and insufficiency of the dialogue, the Metropolitan believed that, "[w]ith the structure of the one Holy Universal Apostolic Church we will be able to learn and understand what a sovereign should be like leading and powerfully uniting the Ukrainian people."