The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, announced on December 29, 2009 that he is ready to retire from that position, but he did not name a successor, because such a decision was not for him to make, the Interfax-Religion website reports.
"I'm not immortal. It seems I'd better delegate my authority now, quietly, so that work can go on. The Church is living and no one is indispensable," the UGCC head said.
Husar stressed it was not up to him to decide who would succeed him, but a decision to be made by the Holy Synod. He added, "I don't have an exact date. It's a kind of process."
Husar has been the UGCC leader since January, 2001. He was the first head of this Church to be elected after Ukraine gained its independence from Russia in 1991.