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Andrew Sorokowski

Andrew Sorokowski is a lawyer and historian. In 1984-87 he was the Ukrainian researcher at Keston College, England, which monitored religious liberty in communist countries. In 1989-90 he served on the staff of the late Myroslav Ivan Cardinal Lubachivsky's Rome chancery, participating in the transfer of his offices to L'viv in 1991. He worked as Managing Editor of the scholarly journal "Harvard Ukrainian Studies" in 1993-1997. Currently he is a historical researcher at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, in Washington, DC. He has published a number of scholarly articles, and is the editor of a collection of articles and documents on the history of the Ukrainian Patriarchal movement published by "Svichado" in 2009.
  • 8 June 2017, 21:28 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Two Drafts — and the Winds of Change

    Draft Laws 4128 and 4511 have arisen in the context of a politicization of religion in conditions of the Russian war against Ukraine, and of the flurry of defections from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate

  • 12 May 2017, 14:37 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Witnesses to Persecution

    One might ask why a nation of some 144,000,000 would risk its international reputation to persecute a religious sect numbering no more than 175,000 followers.

  • 6 April 2017, 09:31 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    From Crypto-Christians to Pseudo-Orthodox?

    …resentment of alleged Western Christian hostility and feelings of victimization are a common motif in Russian Orthodox thinking.

  • 8 March 2017, 14:30 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Russian Catholics: Challenging the Stereotypes

    …the appointment of an apostolic exarch for Russian Catholics … could thus pave the way for a union of the Ukrainian Orthodox with the church of Rome.

  • 7 February 2017, 21:55 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Praying for Peace or Condoning a Crime?

    If the priests from St. Petersburg truly wished to pray for peace, wouldn’t it have been more efficient to travel to Moscow and pray for peace before the Kremlin?

  • 6 January 2017, 22:35 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    A “Uniate-Schismatic” Conspiracy?

    Without autocephaly, unity is forced and false; without a commitment to unity, autocephaly is mere institutional egotism…. [T]he Moscow Patriarchate … honorsneither real unity nor genuine autocephaly.

  • 1 December 2016, 09:38 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Bishops, Voters, and America’s Orange-Haired Revolution: Thoughts for Ukraine

    If a supposedly advanced democracy like the United States could not field candidates enjoying broad popular support, could it be done in Ukraine’s corrupt and cynical political culture?

  • 6 November 2016, 16:54 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Has the Orthodox “Symphony” Reached its Coda?

    …compared to the modern state and political institutions, religion is better suited to using the new means of instantaneous global communication…

  • 3 October 2016, 17:32 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    “Holy Wisdom”, the Universe, and the University

    Every true university should offer a coherent, holistic conception of truth.

  • 3 September 2016, 18:46 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Equal rites?

    The old conflict between Byzantinists and Occidentalists remains alive. Although it is potentially damaging, it does offer an opportunity to examine issues that the Church must sooner or later confront.

  • 3 August 2016, 13:17 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    1946 Does Not Equal 1596

    Brest represents an important chapter in Ukraine’s European aspirations. The pseudo-synod of L’viv, on the other hand, represents Moscow’s attempt to draw Ukraine back from European civilization.

  • 6 July 2016, 13:34 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Orthodoxy after Crexit

    …the Council, for all its flaws, has shown that the Orthodox communion can function without Moscow and her satellites. The good news for Ukraine is that “Orthodoxy without Moscow” can undertake a sober and serious consideration of Ukraine’s bid for unity and autocephaly.

  • 6 June 2016, 08:11 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Kyiv’s Sacred Geography

    It was [the] unity of all those who believe in God that raised the Maidan from a merely political protest to a true “revolution of dignity.”

  • 4 May 2016, 15:57 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Celebrity Celebrations

    It was the genius of the Communists not to make a direct assault on what they opposed, but to subvert it through trivialization…. one of Communism’s proudest achievements in Ukraine… stands triumphant.

  • 4 April 2016, 18:37 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Contradiction of Secular Liberalism

    A secular society is no guarantee of LGBT rights….as secularism is enforced, liberalism vanishes.

  • 13 February 2016, 08:46 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Patriarch as Peacemaker

    With regard to the war in Ukraine, the joint declaration avoids the key problem.

  • 27 January 2016, 22:58 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Pluralism and Secularization

    Neither Poland nor the United States offers a useful model for Ukraine. In terms of religious pluralism, Ukraine lies somewhere in between, for its three Orthodox Churches and its Greco-Catholic Church all belong to a single Kievan-Byzantine tradition that can serve as a source of values for the new post-Maidan Ukrainian nation.

  • 6 January 2016, 18:25 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Liberals, the Laity, and the Church

    There will always be tension between the Church and those who believe in absolute individual freedom.Butthe Greco-Catholic laity, who are more experienced in acting in a diverse and contentious public forum, could serve as intermediaries.

  • 14 December 2015, 12:17 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Sex and the labor code

    Would it not be enough to say that citizens must be protected from violence and discrimination based on sexual attitudes or conduct?

  • 4 November 2015, 10:27 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Patriotic Patriarchs

    If the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) insists that it can become a truly patriotic and national Ukrainian Church that defies and denounces Moscow’s war against Ukraine, and the Moscow Patriarchate’s craven acquiescence, without leaving that Patriarchate – then it should do so.