As much as the Greek Catholic administration may want to cover it up, Bishop Pavel Gojdic was and will always be a Rusyn ["Bishop Gojdič: Waiting for a miracle" by Matthew J. Reynolds, Vol. 7 No. 46, December 3-9].
He is not any kind of "Slovak martyr." He was a Czechoslovak citizen who in his writings, pastoral letters and speeches consistently identified himself and his people as Rusyns. Yet this was not mentioned either in the Slovak press nor even at the Vatican.
In reality, Slovaks are still awaiting their first beatified saints. Rusyns in the year 2001 have two (Bishop Theodore Romzha was the first), although they have both been stolen from us by the Ukrainians, and now the Slovaks. By the way, if you speak to a Ukrainian, Bishop "Pavlo Hoydych" is a "Ukrainian martyr." How many more Michael Stranks, Andy Warhols, etc. must there be before Slovaks stop claiming every notable Rusyn for themselves?
Catholics do not "worship" saints as the article states. They ask the saints to pray for them, the same way they would ask a friend to pray for them. They venerate saints for their great examples of Christian life. This is not "worship" any more than honouring your mother and father is "worship."
10. Dec 2001 at 0:00