Expеrt opinion

  • 16 August 2017, 09:23 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Fears and Phobias

    Ukrainian autocephaly is a threat to the Moscow Patriarchate’s control of East Slavic Orthodoxy. And the Moscow Patriarchate’s ecclesiastical control over Orthodoxy in Ukraine and Belarus is an important element of the Kremlin’s political control over those countries.

  • 7 July 2017, 13:28 | Interview | 

    Timothy Snyder about history, Church, and Ukraine

  • 6 July 2017, 16:33 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Volhynia, Fatima, and the Donbas

    The Russian aggression in the Donbas is neither similar nor analogous to the Polish-Ukrainian war. To imply that that the former is divine retribution for the latter is to misstate the moral equities, for it has been acknowledged that the Volhynian atrocities were mutual.

  • 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

  • 1 June 2017, 11:10 | Open theme | view photo

    Lubomyr (Husar) about himself, the Church and the world. Selected quotes

    “We all need love”: His Beatitude Lubomyr blessed memory, who lived with 60 years on earth was a priest, becoming the nation's moral authority

  • 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.

  • 24 March 2017, 12:46 | Michael Cherenkov's column

    Reformation In Ukraine: From Martin Luther To Ivan Ryaboshapka

    Marking the jubilee of Reformation this year, one should think not only about their Reformation, but also about our Reformation, about ourselves, about the relationship between Western and Eastern Christian traditions, between Europe and Ukraine.

  • 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?

  • 2 February 2017, 10:01 | Interview | 

    The Havana Declaration Broke International Silence on the War in Ukraine — Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk)

    An important result of the Havana encounter was that our Church initiated a conversation with the Apostolic See [on these points]. Certainly, even before this event, we always strove to inform the Vatican regarding the truth concerning the war in Ukraine.

  • 10 January 2017, 09:37 | Interview | view photo | 

    2016: religion between politics and geopolitics

    The RISU correspondent spoke with Victor Yelenskyy, the head of the subcommittee on freedom of conscience and church-state relations of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and Spirituality, on major religious events and processes in 2016.

  • 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.

  • 31 December 2016, 19:28 | Interview | 

    “The problem of UOC is a large-scale Orthodox problem,” Constantin Vetochnikov

  • 27 December 2016, 14:21 | Interview | 

    The See of Kyiv never transferred to Moscow, Constantin Vetochnikov says

    The history of the accession of the Kyiv Metropolis to the Russian Church in 1686 is shrouded in many myths and manipulations.

  • 14 December 2016, 12:55 | Analysis | 

    Who is Mr. Novynskyi for the Ukrainian State and Church?

    So, who is MP Novynskyi, how is he linked with the church and why does he appear in the criminal case on illegal retention of the Secretary of the deceased Head of Church?

  • 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?

  • 23 November 2016, 13:25 | James Siemens' column | 

    A Church on the Ebb

    When I have been to L’viv, for example (and I am well aware that L’viv is not the whole of Ukraine!), I have been overwhelmed with a sense that the Church is alive and active among the people.

  • 18 November 2016, 14:19 | Tetiana Derkach's column | 

    No trifles of oligarchical-hierarchical life

    So, Novinsky has become involved in the extraordinary scandal that Prosecutor General’s Office qualifies as complicity in criminal offense aimed at removing the already late Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Volodymyr from the Metropolitan throne in favor of another hierarch.

  • 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…