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Liturgical and Pastoral Activity as a Crime in Soviet Ukraine: The Case of Greek Catholic Priest, Roman Bakhtalovskyy, CSsR (1897–1985)

Department of Pastoral Theology, Ukrainian Catholic University, 79000 Lviv, Ukraine
Academic Editor: Salvador Ryan
Religions 2021, 12(3), 174; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030174
Received: 9 February 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 4 March 2021 / Published: 9 March 2021
This article examines the liturgical life of the “Underground” Greek Catholic Church through the example of the life of the prominent priest, writer and poet, Roman Bakhtalovskyy, CSsR. After 1946, the Soviet government in Ukraine prohibited the activity of this Church. Therefore, the sacramental activity of Greek Catholic priests was performed in complete secrecy until 1989. The analysis of archival criminal cases is an important source of research during this difficult period for the Church, in which pastoral activity was a pretext for arrest and imprisonment, and sacred objects were seized during searches. This article analyzes in detail the criminal case of Fr. Roman Bakhtalovskyy, which was opened by special services in 1968–1969. The confiscated objects of analysis provide valuable information about the liturgical activity, devotional practices and spirituality of that period of persecution of Catholics in Soviet Ukraine which coincided with the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and their implementation elsewhere. View Full-Text
Keywords: Greek Catholic Church; Persecutions in Ukraine; Soviet regime; Underground Church; Ukrainian Byzantine Christianity; KGB Greek Catholic Church; Persecutions in Ukraine; Soviet regime; Underground Church; Ukrainian Byzantine Christianity; KGB
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Oliynyk, A. Liturgical and Pastoral Activity as a Crime in Soviet Ukraine: The Case of Greek Catholic Priest, Roman Bakhtalovskyy, CSsR (1897–1985). Religions 2021, 12, 174. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030174

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Oliynyk A. Liturgical and Pastoral Activity as a Crime in Soviet Ukraine: The Case of Greek Catholic Priest, Roman Bakhtalovskyy, CSsR (1897–1985). Religions. 2021; 12(3):174. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030174

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Oliynyk, Andriy. 2021. "Liturgical and Pastoral Activity as a Crime in Soviet Ukraine: The Case of Greek Catholic Priest, Roman Bakhtalovskyy, CSsR (1897–1985)" Religions 12, no. 3: 174. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030174

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