The president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity has suggested the creation of a joint commission to resolve historical disputes between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Byzantine-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Cardinal Kurt Koch said that such a commission might help with the
“purification of memory” that could ease tensions between the two
Ukrainian churches. “Without memory healing, it is difficult to imagine a
common future,” he said.
Cardinal Koch offered this suggestion at a meeting of Catholic and
Russian Orthodox leaders, marking the anniversary of the meeting between
Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, which took place last year
Russian Orthodox leaders complain frequently about the activities of
the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which they regard as a source of division
in Ukraine and a violation of their “canonical territory.”
also many disputes about the ownership of church properties, which were
confiscated from the Ukrainian Catholic Church during the Stalinist era
and handed over to Orthodox parishes.