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Roman Catholic Church

In March there was another special synod, this time of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Here the problem was simpler. The Ukrainian church, now living mostly in exile, had been bitterly divided. One faction supported the aged major archbishop, Josyf Cardinal J. Slipyj, who believed that he should be granted the title of patriarch; the other faction was prepared to drop this claim. The purpose of the synod was to elect an assistant to Cardinal Slipyj with the right of succession. The man chosen was Msgr. Miroslav Ivan Lubachivsky, metropolitan of Philadelphia, who was known to do opposed to the patriarchate idea.

Britanica Book of the Year 1981

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