You may download here an article I wrote called “Responses to Objections regarding Ambrose Moran, Retractions, and Apology”.

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I want to preface what I am about to state that I, Tony La Rosa, speak only for myself.

 

The last Mass I attended with either Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer or Fr. David Hewko was with Fr. David Hewko on Sunday October 25, 2015 (Feast of Christ the King).  Shortly thereafter, the Our Lady of Good Success Mission (now defunct) separated itself from these two Fathers because of the Ambrose Moran issue.  On November 7, 2015, the Fathers issued a public statement in which they declared that there would be no association with Ambrose Moran.  However, no reasons were provided.  This public statement brought relief to many of the faithful, but not to me.  It was not sufficient for me that the association would not take place; rather, I wanted the Fathers to make public the reasons for their decision after they had promoted Ambrose Moran as a bishop who would possibly help with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel seminary.  Furthermore, I wanted the Fathers to acknowledge that Ambrose Moran was a fraud.  I had suspicions that the Fathers knew that Ambrose Moran was a fraud, but that they did not want to publicly admit it; they did not want to admit that they were fooled.  With these thoughts in my head, I collaborated with Fr. Juan Ortiz in helping him write his paper called “A Theological and Canonical Study on the Case of William Edward, a.k.a. Ambrose, Moran-Dolgorouky”, published on December 19, 2015.  This paper was a first step in a potential two-step process.  The purpose of this paper was to show the Fathers (and the world) that Ambrose Moran was indeed a fraud and also a schismatic.  There was hope that by presenting solid evidence the Fathers would be either awakened to the truth of Ambrose Moran or at least pressure them to come clean.  Unfortunately, what was hoped for was not achieved.  The second step was now activated; part 2 of 2 of the paper was written called “A Theological and Canonical Study on the Case of William Edward, a.k.a. Ambrose, Moran-Dolgorouky”, published on March 17, 2016.  The purpose of this second part was to convince the priests and faithful to stop associating and attending the Masses of the Fathers on account of their involvement with a schismatic, until they publicly repented.  Many people took heed of this and stopped doing so.  The Fathers, however, did not budge.

 

After the publication of the second part, I continued listening to the Fathers’ sermons and conferences.  I thought to myself that if the Fathers were just trying to sweep Ambrose Moran under the rug because of embarrassment, then God would stop blessing their work.  Perhaps this would take the form of the Fathers getting caught up in some other serious scandal, moving away from the position of Archbishop Lefebvre on some essential matter, or even worse, adopting grave doctrinal errors.  Another thought that came into my mind (really since the November 7, 2015 public statement) is that perhaps the Fathers were waiting for a more opportune time to re-introduce Ambrose Moran back into the picture after the backlash had settled down.  However, to this very day, the Fathers continue to publicly stand by their position that Ambrose Moran is a true Catholic bishop, but there have been no sightings of Ambrose Moran near the Fathers for well over a year; they have kept true to their public statement of not associating.  Furthermore, and more importantly, the Fathers continue to be valiant defenders of the Archbishop’s work despite the criticism and persecution they have faced from their confreres for opposing the three Resistance bishops in their sliding away, by commission and/or omission, from the Archbishop’s work.  The Fathers have faithfully defended the Archbishop’s work by, for example, publicly and forcefully opposing attendance at the New Mass, attendance at Sedevacantist and “non una cum” Masses, and Bishop Williamson’s errors regarding attendance at these Masses.  Furthermore, the Fathers continue to reject Vatican II wholesale and continue to maintain the red light position, which is ever so vital to the true Resistance.  What then am I to make of all this?  I have come to the conclusion that the Fathers’ past involvement with Ambrose Moran has not been a debilitating obstacle preventing them from keeping alive the work of Archbishop Lefebvre.  I cannot answer for certain why despite the fact that the Fathers have not recanted their position regarding Ambrose Moran and have not made public reparation.  I can only tell you what I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears over the past year, that is, that the Fathers have shown themselves to continue to be true spiritual sons of the Archbishop.  Therefore, as I myself am a staunch defender of the Archbishop, I have decided that I will return to attending the Masses of the Fathers, if they will have me.  I am making this public statement in justice and charity because I had previously publicly and privately tried to convince others to stay away from the Fathers’ Masses.  For those of you who didn’t listen and stuck with the Fathers, time has shown in my estimation that you were right and I was wrong.  For those of you that did listen, I apologize.  I can only tell you that I did what I thought was most prudent at the time.  Perhaps the reasons I have presented for returning to the Fathers are not sufficient for you.  I am sorry if this is the case, but in the end we each have to decide for ourselves in this time of confusion in which the Church authorities are not doing their job in weeding out the wolves from the sheep.  And the mess that exists in the Resistance is not making it any easier.  I can only ask you that if you truly consider yourself a faithful follower of the Archbishop, please pay close attention to who is most keeping his memory alive and well.

 

Finally, to Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko, I am sorry for the grief I have caused you.  I hope you will forgive me.  I will make reparation by promoting your work on the Ecclesia Militans website.

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On January 7, 2016, Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer gave a sermon in Boston, Kentucky on Ambrose (a.k.a, William) Moran.  In this sermon, he responded to some of the propositions made by Fr. Juan Carlos Ortiz in his study entitled “A Theological and Canonical Study on the Case of William Edward Moran-Dolgorouky(publication retracted).  What I found most perplexing in Fr. Pfeiffer’s sermon is that he continues to maintain that Ambrose Moran is Catholic and has never been proven to be otherwise.  At 23 minutes & 10 seconds, Father says that Ambrose Moran has been accused of being non-Catholic, but he has never been proven to be non-Catholic.  At 31 minutes & 10 seconds, Father says that Ambrose Moran has been accused of being a schismatic Orthodox and yet it has never been proven that he is a schismatic Orthodox.  At 49 minutes & 30 seconds, among other things, Father says that Ambrose Moran was accepted as a Catholic priest by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and that it is very clear that he is a Catholic, Catholic, Catholic in good faith.  And to say, therefore, that Ambrose Moran is not a Catholic priest is completely false.  It is incredible that Fr. Pfeiffer maintains his view that Ambrose Moran was and is Catholic despite the preponderance of evidence demonstrating Ambrose Moran’s schismatic past and that there is no evidence that Ambrose Moran has repented of this schismatic past.  In order to do the latter, Ambrose Moran would have to first admit that he had a schismatic past.  At 17 minutes and 0 seconds, Fr. Pfeiffer does say that Ambrose Moran made a profession of the Catholic Faith and repudiated Orthodox heresies.  This is all good, but the whole of Fr. Pfeiffer’s sermon indicates that Ambrose Moran has not admitted his schismatic past.  Therefore, I don’t see how what he did is much different from what I do when I recite the Credo at a Sunday Mass.  I cannot, then, agree with Fr. Pfeiffer.

 

The evidence already published on the Our Lady of Good Success Mission website that demonstrates Ambrose Moran’s schismatic past can be found at the following links (in chronological order of publication):

 

1.  Concerning Bishop Ambrose Moran’s Episcopal Consecration

2.  Decree Appointing Bishop Ambrose Moran as Successor for the Ukraininan Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.

3.  Ambrose Moran:  Is He Really a Catholic Bishop?

4.  A Theological and Canonical Study on the Case of William Edward Moran-Dolgorouky – Fr. Juan Carlos Ortiz (publication retracted)

5.  Ambrose Moran:  Is He Really a Catholic Priest?

6.  Owner of Schismatic Orthodox Website Confirmed to Be Ambrose Moran

 

In this article, I would like to focus on the time period of 1974 to 1980 to show some of the serious discrepancies that exist between the documents and testimonies available and Ambrose Moran’s claims regarding his priesthood and episcopacy with the end goal of providing an even greater degree of certitude to the reader of Ambrose Moran’s schismatic past.

 

May 1974 – Ordination Certificate

This is the ordination certificate found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.  Here are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy, current Episcopal Vicar of the same Eparchy, regarding this certificate in an official letter to Fr. Juan Ortiz dated November 18, 2015:

 

“The letterhead is from the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Kiev. The signatory, Bishop Nicholas is that of an Orthodox Bishop and not connected with the Catholic (Roman nor Eastern) Church hierarchy.”

 

Fr. Bilinksy is only stating the obvious, that is, that this ordination does not come from the Catholic Church!  Willliam Moran was ordained by a schismatic Orthodox bishop!  This certificate, however, was not presented to Fr. Pfeiffer by Ambrose Moran.  Why not?  It is me, rather, who sent this ordination certificate to Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko via e-mail on Thursday October 15, 2015.  Ambrose Moran, on the contrary, tells us in this video, at 4 minutes & 50 seconds, that he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj in the same year (1974).  Not once in that video or in these two videos (one, two), does Ambrose Moran mention his ordination by Bishop Nickolaus Ilnyckjy.  Why?  So, then, how does Fr. Pfeiffer resolve this discrepancy (he didn’t speak about it in his Jan. 7/16 sermon)?  Was William Moran ordained twice in 1974 – once by Bishop Nikolaus Ilnyckjy and once by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj?  If he was ordained twice, why was he so?  If he was also ordained by Cardinal Slipyj, then where is that certificate of ordination?  All we have as evidence of Ambrose Moran’s claim that he was ordained by Cardinal Slipyj is his word.  Sorry, but his word is not good enough when it comes to such an important matter.

 

February 14, 1975 – Letter of Bishop Borecky to William Moran

This is a letter found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.  It was first published here.  Here are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy regarding this letter in the November 18, 2015 letter mentioned above:

 

“This is an authentic letter. I cannot explain why Ambrose would request and Bishop Isidor would accept him into the Eparchy for two years and at the same time give him permission to live and study outside the Eparchy i.e. in the US where he would need the local Bishop to give him faculties. HE WAS NOT incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.”

 

Fr. Bilinksy, later in the November 18, 2015 letter, emphasizes the following:

 

“I do, hereby, declare that (Priest, Bishop, Archbishop) Moran IS NOT and NEVER HAS BEEN incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. 

 

“All his credentials indicate that he is associated with some division of the Orthodox Church. The Catholic Church has no claim on him and he has no Canonical connection with the Catholic Church.”

 

Regarding this February 14, 1975 letter, Fr. Pfeiffer, at the 49 minutes & 30 seconds mark of his sermon, states that it shows that William Moran is a Catholic because he was accepted as a priest by a Ukrainian Catholic bishop for his eparchy.  I object!  If the Catholic Church authorities were in their Catholic minds, I would not object.  However, we know that since Vatican II the Church authorities have gone mad with ecumenism.  Let us remember that Pope Paul VI lifted the excommunication of the ecumenical patriarch of the schismatic Orthodox, Athenagoras I, on December 7 1965.  Therefore, the spirit of ecumenism was running high at that time (Pope Paul VI was still alive in 1975).  I don’t know for sure, but it may have been that Bishop Borecky himself was caught up in that spirit and that therefore a priest ordained by an Orthodox bishop did not need to formally renounce his Orthodox religion.

 

Regarding William Moran being incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto, it is clear that he was NOT incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto.  I emphasize this because I have heard Fr. Pfeiffer repeatedly state that William Moran was incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto.  Even if we don’t take Fr. Bilinsky’s testimony into account, the February 14, 1975 letter itself states the following:

 

“After this time [a period of two years], a review of your record will be made, and the possibility of incardination will be discussed.”

 

Fr. Pfeiffer received the February 14, 1975 letter from Ambrose Moran himself several months ago, so I don’t understand why he has repeatedly stated that William Moran was incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto when the letter states otherwise.

 

Conclusion:  William Moran was accepted as a priest of the Eparchy of Toronto for a period of two years (even though he resided in United States during this time), but he was not incardinated into this eparchy during this time.

 

1976 – Year of the Episcopal Consecration(s)

Ambrose Moran presented this certificate dated July 1976 to Fr. Pfeiffer as proof of his episcopal consecration by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj.  I downloaded this certificate from here.  I posted here a strong negative response I received from Don Marco Yaroslav Semehen, Rector of the St. Sophia Basilica where Ambrose Moran was supposedly consecrated a bishop, regarding the authenticity of the certificate.  Here, in addition, are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy regarding this certificate in the November 18, 2015 letter mentioned above:

 

“The signatures of Cardinal Slipyj and Bishop Borecky are not congruent with their signatures we have on file. I allege that they are forgeries. The signature of Bishop Dmitri is not familiar to me but Bishop Dmitri was not likely to sign for another.”

 

This certificate dated September 1976 was the one that Ambrose Moran gave to Bishop Gregory of the Genuine Orthodox Church of America (GOC), which is anti-ecumenical just as Traditional Catholics are, as proof of his episcopacy at the time (2007) Ambrose Moran joined the GOC.  Ambrose Moran did not present this certificate to Fr. Pfeiffer; rather, I am the one who provided this certificate to Fr. Pfeiffer on October 17, 2015.  This certificate was confirmed authentic by a high-ranking schismatic clergyman of the Holy Protection Cathedral.  This clergyman telephoned Ambrose Moran, asked him questions, and was satisfied with his answers.  In his January 7, 2016 sermon, at the 51 minutes and 25 seconds mark, Fr. Pfeiffer acknowledges the Orthodox certificate (without saying that it was from the Orthodox), but states that the Catholic one was unable to be thoroughly proven.

 

Isn’t it interesting that Ambrose Moran was supposedly ordained a priest twice in 1974 and then supposedly consecrated a bishop twice in 1976?  Wow!  He surely got around!

 

Conclusion:  William Moran was not consecrated a Catholic bishop, but was consecrated a schismatic Orthodox bishop.

 

August 26, 1976 – (Alleged) Letter of Bishop Borecky to William Moran

This is a letter NOT found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.  This letter was provided by Ambrose Moran to Fr. Pfeiffer several months ago.  It was first published here.  Here are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy regarding this letter in the November 18, 2015 letter mentioned above:

 

“A copy of this letter is not in our files. The signature on this document is not congruent with other signatures of Bishop Isidore’s that we have on file.  I allege that it is a forgery.”

 

Conclusion:  See next section.

 

June 30, 1980 – Letter of William Moran to Bishop Borecky

This is a letter found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.  It was first published here (go to the Clemens Maria post that starts with “I received a reply from….”).  I provided this letter to Fr. Pfeiffer on October 15, 2015, which is the same day that I myself received it from the Eparchy of Toronto.  As far as I am aware, Ambrose Moran did not provide this letter to Fr. Pfeiffer.  Nonetheless, there are two key points in this letter that I bring to the reader’s attention:

 

1.  William Moran identifies himself as “Fr.” Basil Moran.  Hold on a minute!  Why does he identify himself as “Father” when he was supposedly consecrated a bishop twice in 1976 (and this while he was continuing his graduate studies as per the February 14, 1975 letter, which is also referenced in this June 30, 1980 letter)?  And don’t forget that Bishop Borecky himself, according to Ambrose Moran, co-consecrated him a bishop in July 1976 and provided him a letter dated August 26, 1976 congratulating him for being appointed the successor of Cardinal Josyf Slipyj.  It is obvious here that William Moran was NOT consecrated a bishop either by Cardinal Slipyj or Bishop Borecky!  Furthermore, this authentic June 30, 1980 letter proves that the alleged August 26, 1976 letter from Bishop Borecky to William Moran is a fake!

 

2.  William Moran writes the following:

 

“I am writing to inform Your Grace that I have submitted to the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Archbishop Theodosius of the Orthodox Church in America in order to regularize myself finally.  I want to express my sincere thanks to you for all your help and kindness in past years.

 

“As I am in the process of being received into the Orthodox Church in America, a short note from Your Grace would be very helpful….stating that I am of good character….”

 

By his own words, William Moran here admits that he was joining a schismatic Orthodox church!  And yet at 31 minutes & 10 seconds of Fr. Pfeiffer’s January 7, 2016 sermon, he says that Ambrose Moran has been accused of being a schismatic Orthodox and yet it has never been proven that he is a schismatic Orthodox.  Incredible!

 

The June 30, 1980 letter is also some evidence, as in the “February 14, 1975 – Letter of Bishop Borecky to William Moran” section above that Bishop Borecky may have been caught up in the ecumenical spirit of the time.  Once again, I don’t know for sure, but William Moran was certainly comfortable asking Bishop Borecky for a letter of recommendation towards joining a schismatic Orthodox church.

 

Conclusion:  William Moran joined a schismatic Orthodox church!

 

Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us!

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In a post titled “Ambrose Moran:  Is He Really a Catholic Bishop?“, I wrote the following in regards to a schismatic Orthodox website that is no longer available:

 

“The picture below (ignore the yellow and orange highlighted areas) is a screenshot that I took on October 5, 2015 of a website under the url ‘www.theuoac.com’.  On October 14, 2015 I called Bryan Jordan, website registrant contact as indicated in the second screenshot below, to find out why the website contained information that was contrary to Bishop Ambrose Moran’s claim of being a Catholic bishop.  A lady, who worked at the website hosting company called “VistaWorks“, answered the phone and told me that Bryan Jordan worked for VistaWorks.  He was not the owner of the website.  She also told me that someone had called that same morning and the website was taken down.  At that time, I did not know who owned the website, but I had a suspicion that it was owned by Bishop Ambrose Moran himself.  This suspicion was based on the information contained on the website and the registrant mailing address, Buena Vista, Colorado.  Bishop Ambrose Moran lives in the area.  A couple of weeks later I found out, from a very reliable source, that Bishop Ambrose Moran did indeed own the website and that he took it down.

 

That Ambrose Moran (real name “William Edward Moran” – see pg. 28 of Fr. Ortiz’s study) did indeed own the website has been confirmed by the good investigation work of Fr. Juan Ortiz.  Here is the address that was indicated on the screenshot of the website mentioned above:

 

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Fr. Ortiz found the owner of P.O. Box 5215 on a Colorado voters list website (not run by the State of Colorado) along with the rest of the address; it is none other than William Edward Moran!

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In a previous post, I demonstrated that Bishop Ambrose Moran was not consecrated a Catholic bishop.  Ever since then, Fr. Juan Ortiz wrote a study that looks at the Ambrose Moran case from a theological and canonical perspective.  In his study, Fr. Ortiz also concludes that Ambrose Moran was not consecrated a Catholic bishop.  However, Fr. Ortiz’s study goes one step further by providing evidence and concluding that Ambrose Moran was not even ordained a Catholic priest; rather, he was ordained by a schismatic bishop.  You may read about this mainly in III, B, 5&7 of the study.  However, what Fr. Ortiz did not mention in his study is that he sent several documents for review and analysis to Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy, Episcopal Vicar of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.  You may download here Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy’s formal response.  Among other things, Fr. Bilinsky makes these statements about the priestly life of Ambrose Moran:

 

1. Regarding his ordination certificate:

 

“The letterhead is from the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Kiev. The signatory, Bishop Nicholas is that of an Orthodox Bishop and not connected with the Catholic (Roman nor Eastern) Church hierarchy.”

 

2. Regarding his incardination:

 

“This is an authentic letter. I cannot explain why Ambrose would request and Bishop Isidor would accept him into the Eparchy for two years and at the same time give him permission to live and study outside the Eparchy i.e. in the US where he would need the local Bishop to give him faculties. HE WAS NOT incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.”

 

“I do, hereby, declare that (Priest, Bishop, Archbishop) Moran IS NOT and NEVER HAS BEEN incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.”

 

2. Regarding his association with the Catholic Church:

 

“All his credentials indicate that he is associated with some division of the Orthodox Church. The Catholic Church has no claim on him and he has no Canonical connection with the Catholic Church.”

 

From the evidence I’ve seen (and the lack of convincing contrary evidence), I conclude, with a prudential certitude, that Ambrose Moran was not ordained a Catholic priest.

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On September 25, 2015 there was an interview published that was conducted by Fr. David Hewko of Bishop Ambrose Moran in which Bishop Ambrose Moran presented himself as a Catholic bishop.

 

On November 3, 2015 Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer gave a conference to his seminarians regarding Bishop Ambrose Moran.  An audio recording of this conference was published on November 9, 2015 by the author of Third Days in the Boston Seminary blog.  In this conference, Fr. Pfeiffer promoted Bishop Ambrose Moran as a Catholic bishop and gave a timeline of events explaining why he believed this to be true.  Fr. Hewko was also present at the conference and seemed to agree with Fr. Pfeiffer.  It must be noted that Fr. Pfeiffer did not intend to have this conference made public.  The author of the blog, however, acted in good faith at the time thinking that it was okay to do so.  The next day, November 10, the author of the blog removed the recording at my request.

 

On November 6, 2015 Fr. Hewko sent Fr. Francois Chazal a summarized history of the life of Bishop Ambrose Moran.  This history was presented as factual.  Fr. Chazal’s response to the summarized history was published here.  The summarized history matches what Fr. Pfeiffer revealed in his November 3, 2015 conference.

 

So from what I wrote above, Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko both believed, during the week of November 1, that Bishop Ambrose Moran was a Catholic bishop.  On November 7, 2015, however, the Quebec Resistance website Filii Mariae published a statement from Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer and Fr. David Hewko of which I have quoted in part below:

 

“After further investigation, the Seminary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Boston, Kentucky, has decided not to associate with Archbishop Ambrose Moran.” 

 

The Fathers did not give reasons as to why they had decided not to associate with Bishop Ambrose Moran after having publicly and privately promoted him as a Catholic bishop.  For those who did not believe in Bishop Ambrose Moran’s claim, this came as a pleasant surprise.  However, it left many scratching their heads as to why there was a sudden turnaround.  It was like having chocolate cake that contained no sugar.

 

On November 15, 2015 Fr. Hewko gave a sermon in which he stated that the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary would not associate with Bishop Ambrose Moran, thereby re-iterating the November 7 statement.  I thank Fr. Hewko for admitting that at least for him the Bishop Ambrose Moran situation was a confusing ball of wax.  Fr. Hewko had decided on the morally correct course of action after considering more information: when being in doubt, do not act.  I also thank Fr. Hewko for apologizing for the unintentional scandal caused to the faithful.  It took much humility and courage on his part.  In this sermon, Fr. Hewko seems to have had his mind been placed in doubt as to whether Bishop Ambrose Moran was consecrated a Catholic bishop.  The question remains, however, what is Fr. Pfeiffer’s current position regarding whether Bishop Ambrose Moran was consecrated a Catholic bishop?  I was hoping that a sermon or statement would have been published last week regarding this, but that did not happen.  After all, Fr. Pfeiffer is the rector of the seminary and as such the firmness of the November 7 statement will depend more on Fr. Pfeiffer’s position and his certitude of that position than that of Fr. Hewko.  Therefore, I hope that Fr. Pfeiffer will make public his current position regarding whether Bishop Ambrose Moran was consecrated a Catholic bishop.  To be honest, I hope very much that both Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko come to the conclusion (as I have), with a prudential certitude (moral certitude in the wide sense), that Bishop Ambrose Moran was not consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, but that he was consecrated a bishop by schismatics.  Please note that I do not vouch for the validity of the Bishop Ambrose Moran’s consecration as I do not know enough about the schismatic Orthodox and their episcopal lineage.  I only call him “Bishop” Ambrose Moran because he was consecrated to be such amongst the schismatic Orthodox.

 

I have already provided evidence here and here that Bishop Ambrose Moran was not consecrated a Catholic bishop; rather, he was consecrated a bishop by schismatics.  It is the object of this article to provide further evidence supporting my claim.

 

The picture below (ignore the yellow and orange highlighted areas) is a screenshot that I took on October 5, 2015 of a website under the url “www.theuoac.com”.  On October 14, 2015 I called Bryan Jordan, website registrant contact as indicated in the second screenshot below, to find out why the website contained information that was contrary to Bishop Ambrose Moran’s claim of being a Catholic bishop.  A lady, who worked at the website hosting company called “VistaWorks“, answered the phone and told me that Bryan Jordan worked for VistaWorks.  He was not the owner of the website.  She also told me that someone had called that same morning and the website was taken down.  At that time, I did not know who owned the website, but I had a suspicion that it was owned by Bishop Ambrose Moran himself.  This suspicion was based on the information contained on the website and the registrant mailing address, Buena Vista, Colorado.  Bishop Ambrose Moran lives in the area.  A couple of weeks later I found out, from a very reliable source, that Bishop Ambrose Moran did indeed own the website and that he took it down.

 

The screenshot below of the now taken down website will be analyzed in light of the information provided by Fr. Pfeiffer in his November 3, 2015 conference to the seminarians, that is, that Bishop Hryhory (Gregory) Ohiychuk, presiding consecrator of Bishop Ambrose Moran, and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the USA-Sobornopravna (UAOC-USA) and Holy Protection Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois founded by him while he was a schismatic Orthodox became Catholic under Cardinal Josyf Slipyj in the early 1970s and remained Catholic until his death in 1985.  Therefore, Bishop Hryhory was Catholic in 1976 when he consecrated Bishop Ambrose Moran.  After Bishop Hryhory’s death, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the USA-Sobornopravna and the Holy Protection Cathedral reverted to being schismatic Orthodox.  Because of this reverting back to being schismatic Orthodox, Bishop Ambrose Moran would no longer associate himself with them.  Fr. Pfeiffer also told the seminarians that in 1983 there was an attempt to unite schismatic Orthodox branches under Rome.  The problem was that a Bishop Mstyslav Skrypnyk, who was part of the unification attempt, wanted to replace Cardinal Josyf Slipyj as the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.  The unification attempt subsequently broke apart, but Bishop Hryhory remained Catholic.

 

Now let us move on to analyze the information contained on the website owned by Bishop Ambrose Moran himself and taken down by him on October 14, 2015.  I have marked numbers on the screenshot to indicate the sections I am referring to.  Each of the following points found on the website oppose the narrative given by Bishop Ambrose Moran to Fr. Pfeiffer.

 

1.  Bishop Hryorij established the UAOC-USA in Chicago in 1952.  The current primate is Metropolitan-Archbishop Ambrose Moran.

 

According to Bishop Ambrose Moran’s narrative to Fr. Pfeiffer, he did not take over the UAOC-USA after Bishop Hryhorij’s death in 1985.  If one objects that “current” does not necessarily indicate past 1985, it does not fly because, first of all, Bishop Ambrose Moran does not claim to have been primate while Bishop Hryhorij was alive and, secondly, in the same section in the screenshot there is mention of a Dimtri Gaines serving under Metropolitan-Archbishop Ambrose Moran in the UAOC-USA until 2010.

 

Regarding the claim that Bishop Hryorij, UAOC-USA, and the Holy Protection Cathedral became Catholic in the early 1970s, I challenge anybody to find even one reliable source that claims any one of them were ever Catholic.

 

2.  The primacy of succession from Metropolitan Hryhorij to Metropolitan Ambrose Moran was confirmed in a 1991 letter of His Holiness Mstyslav Skrypnyk.

 

Bishop Mstyslav Skrypnyk is the same person that Bishop Ambrose Moran told Fr. Pfeiffer wanted to be leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and subsequently broke the attempt at unification under Rome.  Yet we have here Bishop Ambrose Moran calling Mstyslav “His Holiness” and using Mstyslav’s 1991 letter, six years after Ambrose Moran had supposedly left the UAOC-USA, to vouch for the validity of his being the legitimate successor to Metropolitan Hryhorij.

 

3.  Patriarchal privileges were granted to Metropolitan-Archbishop Ambrose Moran following a sobor (council of bishops) of Western Europe of the UAOC in 1988.

 

These patriarchal privileges were not granted by Pope John Paul II, who appointed Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky in 1984 as successor to Cardinal Josyf Slipyj.  Furthermore, Pope John Paul II only granted Myroslav the title of Major Archbishop.  Also, note that there is not one mention of Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, who Ambrose Moran claims consecrated him in addition to Bishop Hryjorij, anywhere on Bishop Ambrose Moran’s website.

 

4.  Metropolitan Hryhorij remained on the Old Calendar (Julian) and non-ecumenical in his defense of Holy Orthodoxy.

 

“Holy Orthodoxy” is a term used by the schismatic Orthodox.

 

These points should be more than sufficient to demonstrate that this website belongs to a schismatic Orthodox bishop and runs contrary to statements made by Bishop Ambrose Moran to Fr. Pfeiffer.

 

This article continues after the two screenshots.

 

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In addition to what is presented above, I have communicated with three high ranking clerics of two branches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church regarding whether Bishop Hryhorij and the Holy Protection Cathedral were ever Catholic.

 

1.  Cleric of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America

 

Here are some of the comments this cleric made to me over various e-mails:

 

“There was never such a creature as a ‘Catholic version of the UAOC’…..it is plain silliness…..”

 

“Hryhorij NEVER became Catholic at any time. I’ve been around for 44 years in my church and Ukrainian community and believe me I would have heard about such a matter…..It is silliness. If some thinks he or she can prove me wrong with complete and irrefutable documentation, let him try. “

 

2.  Cleric #1 of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyvian Patriarchate, in the United States and Canada

 

This is the same cleric Fr. Pfeiffer visited at the Holy Protection Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois on October 27, 2015.  I had a few phone conversations with him regarding Bishop Ambrose Moran.  He confirmed to me that the consecration of Bishop Ambrose Moran did indeed take place at the Holy Protection Cathedral.  Prior to giving me confirmation, he contacted Bishop Ambrose Moran directly via phone to ask him some questions in order to prove his identity and was satisfied with the answers.  My last phone conversation with this cleric was on October 31, 2015.  I specifically asked him on this occasion whether Bishop Hryhorij and the Holy Protection Cathedral were ever Catholic; he responded in the negative.

 

3.  Cleric #2 of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyvian Patriarchate, in the United States and Canada – Fr. Victor Poliarny, Secretary of the Vicariate

 

Fr. Poliarny is currently the highest ranking cleric of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-KP within the United States and Canada and as such has jurisdiction over Cleric #1 of the KP and the Holy Protection Cathedral.  He reports to the KP’s patriarch, Filaret.  He moved to Chicago in 1959.  He knew Bishop Hryhorij.  Fr. Poliarny has given me permission to use his name publicly.  I spoke to him over the phone on November 13, 2015.  Fr. Poliarny adamantly denied the claims that Bishop Hryhoriy ever became Catholic and that the Holy Protection Cathedral was ever under the control of the Catholic Church.  He said that they were both always Orthodox.

 

Given all this evidence (including the two posts here and here), as I said above, I hope very much that both Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko come to the conclusion, with a prudential certitude, that Bishop Ambrose Moran was not consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, but that he was consecrated a bishop by schismatics.  Only with this certitude in their minds, we can at that time rest assured that the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary’s bridge with Bishop Ambrose Moran has been burned.

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Note:  After reading the post below, the reader must then read the article linked in this post for correction to any errors and/or inaccuracies that may exist in the post below.

 

In the link below, you will find a decree appointing Bishop Ambrose Moran to be the successor of Metropolitan Hryhorij (Gregory), presiding consecrating bishop of Ambrose Moran in 1976, and Metropolitan Andrew for the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.  The decree was signed by four schismatic bishops, including Ambrose Moran, and dated December 15, 1983.  The link below provides a copy of the document that Bishop Ambrose Moran himself provided to someone (I will not say to whom, but it was NOT to Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer).  This document shows that Bishop Ambrose Moran was still a schismatic in 1983, seven years after his consecration by the schismatic Metropolitan Hryhorij (Gregory).  Cardinal Josyf Slipyj died on September 7, 1984.  If Cardinal Slipyj truly consecrated or re-consecrated Ambrose Moran in 1976, then why was Ambrose Moran under the wing of Metropolitan Hryhorij (Gregory) in 1983 while Cardinal Slipyj was still alive? You would think he would have been under the wing of Cardinal Slipyj (or someone else appointed by Rome), if Ambrose Moran remained Catholic from 1976 after his alleged consecration by Cardinal Slipyj to the Cardinal’s death in 1984.

 

Appointment of Succession Decree

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There has been much mystery surrounding Bishop Ambrose Moran, especially concerning his episcopal consecration.  I present below two episcopal consecration documents and what I have learned about them. I hope this post will clear up some of this mystery for all concerned.

 

Please click on the link below and you will find an episcopal consecration certificate with Ambrose Moran’s name on it:

 

Episcopal Consecration Certificate #1

 

You will see that, according to this certificate, the presiding bishop was Metroplitan Hryhorij (Gregory in English) of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the United States – Sobronopravna.  The ceremony took place at the Holy Protection Cathedral in the Chicago, Illinois in September 1976.

 

I contacted the Holy Protection Cathedral to verify the authenticity of this certificate.  On Friday October 23, 2015 I received confirmation from the Cathedral that this certificate was indeed authentic.  Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer was made aware of this confirmation.  He then verified it himself on Tuesday October 27, 2015 when he made a visit to the Cathedral.

 

On Friday October 16, 2015 I contacted St. Sophia Church in Rome to verify the authenticity of the following episcopal consecration certificate:

 

Episcopal Consecration Certificate #2

 

On Tuesday October 27, 2015 I received the following e-mail (in red font), which I sent to Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer the same day:

 

Hei Tony

 

Document and absolutely false!  I ran the document for verification to close associates of Cardinal Slipyy of that period. And those of Mons. Ivan Muzycka and Mons. Ivan Dacko was negative!  In archives took Basilica Santa Sofia is not no copy of the document dubbed.  Signed by Cardinal Slipyi the document submitted does not match with the real signature he used His Beatitude!  The same signature and letterhead.  Stamp also false!  Signature of bishop Boretsky not match the signature he used!  Two witnesses who were secretaries of cardinelw Slipyi not remember a fact of Episcopal Moran Dolgoroukyi. It’s all.  So many good things.

 

Marco

 

Don Marco Yaroslav Semehen
Presidente della Associazione Religiosa “SANTA SOFIA”
Rettore della Basilica “SANTA SOFIA”
Coordinatore Nazionale per gli ucraini cattolici di rito bizantino in Italia.
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