Cardinal Josyf Slipyj of Blessed Memory on the Appropriateness of Catholic Veneration of St. Gregory Palamas

Originally posted 9/26/2009.

1. This is what I can gather regarding the holy Josyf Slipyj’s justification of Catholic veneration of St. Gregory Palamas,{1} based on the relevant section of Pelikan, Jaroslav. Confessor Between East and West: a Portrait of Ukrainian Cardinal Josyf Slipyj. W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990.


2. Cardinal Slipyj cited the 1917 Eastern Catholic “Petersburg Synod” as historical precedent, since that synod sanctioned Eastern Cathlic veneration of Orthodox saints who were not canonized in the Roman Catholic Church (Pelikan 228).{1} The God-bearing cardinal demonstrated the compatibility of Palamite theology with Catholic theology based on his study of the writings of Fr. John Meyendorff and Fr. Georges Florovsky, both Eastern Orthodox scholars (228).{2} Ultimately, as the most erudite Slipyj showed in the 200-page votum to which Fr. Serge Keleher refers,{3} the mystical theology of St. Gregory Palamas is indispensable to the Eastern Catholic tradition and Eastern Catholic piety, rather than antithetical to Catholic theology (228).
Notes & References
{1} For my own attempt, see Huysman, Will R. “Apologia Pro Sanctus Gregorius Palamas.” The Banana Republican. 27 Mar. 2009. 26 Sept. 2009 <http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2009/03/apologia-pro-sanctus-gregorius-palamas.html>.
{2} Tvory Kard. Josyfa Verchovnoho Archyjepiskopa [Opera omnia Card. Josephi (Slipyj Kobernyckyj-Dyckovskyj) archiepiscopi maioris]. Rome: Universitas Ucrainorum a S. Clemente Papa, 1968-. 3/4:75-83.
{3} Slipyj, Letter to Archbishop Franciscus Seper of Zagreb, 6.iv.1971, Archivum Patriarchale Sanctae Sophiae, Università Catolica Ucraina, Rome, 40:90-91.
{4} See post #218811 by Fr. Serge Keleher in The Byzantine Forum.

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9 Responses to Cardinal Josyf Slipyj of Blessed Memory on the Appropriateness of Catholic Veneration of St. Gregory Palamas

  1. […] {2} Qtd. in St. Gregory Palamas, Physical, Theological, Moral, and Practical Chapters §146. {3} Qtd. in Ibid. {4} Qtd. in Ibid., […]

  2. […] Veneration of St. Gregory Palamas.” The Banana Republican. 26 Sept. 2009. 7 Oct. 2009 <https://thebananarepublican1.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/cardinal-slipyj-on-venerating-st-gregory-palama…>. {4} Huysman, Will R. “Filioque.” The Banana Republican. 4 Aug. 2009. 7 Oct. 2009 […]

  3. […] Veneration of St. Gregory Palamas.” The Banana Republican. 26 Sept. 2009. 16 Oct. 2009 <https://thebananarepublican1.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/cardinal-slipyj-on-venerating-st-gregory-palama…>. {2} On Mary Mediatrix see Gregory’s On the Annunciation in PG 151:177B. {3} Metropolitan […]

  4. […] of Orthodoxy *Cardinal Josyf Slipyj of Blessed Memory on the Appropriateness of Catholic Veneration of St. Gregory… *On Gregory Palamas *St. Photios the Great Died in Communion with […]

  5. […] Bl. John Duns Scotus East: Archbishop St. Gregory Palamas of Thessalonica says West: St. Bernardine of Siena (Apostle of Italy) [Lambruschini 110] […]

  6. […] the Son, it must be the case that He proceeds (προείναι) from the Father and the Son. Even St. Gregory Palamas (2nd Sunday of Great Lent) admits that the Holy Spirit is like the unitive Love of the Father for […]

  7. […] After over two years of research and forum-posting, I still haven’t found any good defenses of the veneration of the Hesychast Gregory Palamas that address the aforementioned […]

  8. […] communion with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church (I will give more commentary on the unique and curious case of Gregory Palamas at a later date). The great Church Doctor St. Francis de Sales instructs us to “speak freely […]

  9. […] Veneration of St. Gregory Palamas.” The Banana Republican. 26 Sep. 2009. 18 Jun. 2010 <https://thebananarepublican1.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/cardinal-slipyj-on-venerating-st-gregory-palama…>. {6} Huysman, “Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, Part 2.“ {7} Siecienski, A. Edward, […]

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