Patriarch (of nothing) Elijah excommunicates Francis!
That’s great is it not?
Eastern Catholics recognizing the fact that Francis isn’t acting in a Catholic manner. Hold on moment, let’s look at who Patriarch Elijah is and what the Ukrainian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church stands for. The Ukrainian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, according to their website, is a new church, founded in 2009.
Now let’s examine what they did in their first year of existence. They wasted no time in excommunicating 197 members of the Pontifical Gregorian University, 14 members of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and 54 members of the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
They were just getting warmed up for they next declared an anathema against the 2271 active bishops of the Catholic Church and 989 bishops emeriti. All this and their Ukrainian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church hasn’t even celebrated its one year anniversary!
Now let’s look at ‘Patriarch Elijah’.
‘Patriarch Elijah’ was born Anthony Elias Dohnal in 1946. He was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Litoměřice in Czechoslovakia in the early 70’s and was active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal during the 80’s. In the 90’s he joined the Greek-Catholic Order of Saint Basil the Great and later formed an “experimental community” contemplative branch Order of Saint Basil the Great which was soon was suppressed. In the early 2000’s the group to which Dohnal belonged split from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church which they accused of numerous heresies, syncretism, and occultism. The group was soon excommunicated by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church but appealed the excommunications to Rome. By 2008, the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura issued a ruling which stated that, “The Apostolic Signatura thereby stresses that the UGCC tribunals...were qualified to consider the respective criminal matters, and the sentences of the great excommunication penalty imposed on them are final.” Soon thereafter, in 2009, Elijah Anthony Dohnal was consecrated a bishop and in 2011 was elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church. Patriarch Elijah has proceeded to excommunicate (as demonstrated above) what seems like the entire world except for one person, his beloved hero, Vladimir Putin. Oh, and there is that sticky matter that Anthony Elias Dohnal is a KGB agent #23064, code name “Tonek” since before the fall of the Berlin Wall. We could go on but the above should suffice.
— two more of Patriarch Elijah’s theatrical follies —
Tit-for-tat, excommunicating Benedict XVI and posthumously excommunicating John Paul II in 2011
Declares Jan Hus, a precursor of the Protestant Revolt, a saint!
What a circus!