Metropolitan Archbishop of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church Andriy Sheptytsky, who colaborated with the Fascists during the Great Patriotic War, deserves to be beatified, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thinks so. To that end, he applied to Pope Francis.
“I asked the Pope to complete the beatification of Mitropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky,” Poroshenko posted on Twitter. It is noteworthy that Ukraine’s president is not a Greek Catholic, as he goes to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy.
The previous attempts to beatify Sheptytsky in 1950 and 1960 were failed mainly by Primate of Poland Archbishop Stanislaw Wyszyński. Now, Pope Francis has already issued a special decretal which is necessary to launch the beatification procedure.
EADaily reported earlier that during the GPW, Sheptytsky openly cooperated with Fascists – sent congratulatory letters to Adolf Hitler when Kiev was seized. He delivered a solemn speech on occasion of the seizure of Lviv by the Fascists; he “blessed” Stepan Bandera and Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists for the fight against Bolsheviks. After the shift of power, Sheptytsky sent a congratulatory letter to Iosif Stalin. At the moment, Kiev actively works to create Sheptytsky’s image of “a Ukrainian saint,” “ideological fighter for independence of Ukraine” and “Greek Catholic hermit.”