The question of celibacy

Metropolitan Sheptytsky did not like the idea of introducing mandatory celibacy into the Greek Catholic Church. He spoke in favour of preserving the oriental traditions of the Greek Catholic Church and greatly appreciated the contribution of married clergymen to the growth of the entire Ukrainian community of Galicia. He considered it expedient to increase the number of unmarried priests in his ecclesiastical province.

At that time, the Apostolic Capital promoted the introduction of celibacy among the Greek-Catholic clergy. Sheptytsky also was exposed to open pressure of two Greek Catholic bishops, who introduced the ordination only of unmarried clergymen in their eparchies.