SPÓR O PRZEMYSKI KARMEL. RELACJE ŚWIADKÓW HISTORII (POD REDAKCJĄ JERZEGO BARTMIŃSKIEGO)
The dispu te over the Carmelite church in Przemyśl. The accounts of witnesses of history
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This issue discusses several accounts devoted to the dispute between Catholics and Greek Catholics of Przemyśl, which concerned the handing over of the former Carmelite church to the Uniates. The dispute over the church in spring 1991 was in fact an argument between the Poles and the Ukrainians over the status of Greek Catholicism. Eventually the church remained in the hands of Roman Catholics, whereas Greek Catholics received a post-Jesuit church in Przemyśl on the grounds of Pope John Paul II’s decision (during his visit to Przemyśl in June 1991). What is important, the Catholic protesters were excommunicated. From 1996 the former post-Jesuit church became the cathedral of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Przemyśl-Warsaw as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The published accounts present the stands of both hierarchs of Przemyśl, Bishops Ignacy Tokarczuk and Jan Martyniak, and of several high representatives of the Bishops’ Curia and other RC offices involved directly in solving the dispute over the Carmelite church. All in all, in this issue half of the accounts come from the church circles. The Ukrainian side is represented by three accounts. However, there seem to be too few reports from politicians and high-ranking state officials, especially the defenders of the Carmelite church in Przemyśl themselves. There is also a separate report by a historian Stanisław Stępień, an active observer of and participant in the events in Przemyśl.
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