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  • 2 May 2019, 12:38 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Donbas: Religious Freedom in Proxy-Occupied Areas

    In view of the restrictive 2018 Luhansk People’s Republic statute, it is not surprising that some groups declined to apply for registration, while others were refused. The result is that many religious communities find themselves outside the law…. the 48 Baptist Union congregations have had to cease their activity altogether.

  • 27 February 2019, 13:16 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Clerical Abuse Crisis: Not Our Problem?

    …while sexual abuse, episcopal cover-ups, and homosexual clergy may be specific to the Latin-rite Church, the broader implications of today’s crisis touch the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church too.

  • 2 January 2019, 18:47 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    What the OCU and the UGCC can teach each other

    …the UGCC and the OCU can learn from each other’s historical experiences.

  • 29 December 2018, 10:01 | Interview | 

    New Church in Ukraine should put aside post-Soviet legacy: interview with Nicholas Denysenko

    Can the historical event on 15 December be considered a victory, what goals does the new Church have before itself to gain the trust of world Orthodoxy, and what reform plan it should have are some of the questions we discussed with Fr. Nicholas Denysenko

  • 7 November 2018, 10:27 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, SJ: critic and defender of the christian east

    If Christianity is to survive as a viable lifestyle attractive to modern men and women, it will not be as an obscurantist, anti-intellectual culture of folklore and ritualism, sustained by the rejection of modernity and change…. – Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, SJ

  • 3 November 2018, 13:26 | Open theme | 

    Ukrainian autocephaly. What next? The role of Patriarch Bartholomew

    From what is being reported from Ukraine there seems certain misunderstandings as to what is to be done next.

  • 24 October 2018, 21:30 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Political Trumps the Pastoral

    …the Russia of 2018 holds much the same view of Ukraine, and its political as well as ecclesiastical independence, as did the Russia of 1917.

  • 21 September 2018, 08:45 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Filaret in Washington: Prepared for Putin’s Provocations

    If the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognizes the UOC-KP as a canonical Church …. the struggle between Moscow and Constantinople for primacy in the Orthodox world will end, and the church of Moscow will revert to its proper status as a daughter of the church of Kyiv.

  • 19 September 2018, 12:54 | Interview | view photo | 

    Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos: “Ukraine has always been the canonical territory of the Ecumenical Patriarchate”

    The dialogue regarding the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church and the appointment of its exarchs to Ukraine for this purpose, has resulted in opposition from the Moscow Patriarchate and their break in concelebrating with the hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, has recently been one of the main topics of conversation that do no cease in Ukrainian society and Media.

  • 15 September 2018, 06:58 | Interview | 

    The Archbishop of Telmessos Job (Getcha): autocephaly is a way of ensuring the unity of the Church within the interior of a state, as well as the unity between the Local Churches

    The Ecumenical Patriarchate responds to the attacks of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • 31 August 2018, 16:40 | Kateryna Shchotkina's column | 

    Church after Tomos – State and National Project or EX ORIENTE LUX?

    The Ukrainian Church can become “fresh blood” for the ancient and in some cases an outdated structure. The blood which simply did not get there previously because of the barriers created by Russian Orthodoxy.

  • 28 August 2018, 23:39 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    A single Ukrainian Orthodox Church: will the plurality become a majority?

    On the question of a unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a total of 42 percent of the respondents supported the initiative…

  • 9 August 2018, 16:46 | Tornike Metreveli's column | 

    Russia’s Wars and Russkii Mir – Between and Beyond the Statehood

    August 7, 2018 marked 10th anniversary of Russia’s military invasion to Georgia. A full-scale military operation in grave violation of international law carried a message to the rest of the former Soviet states: do not dare to choose Georgia’s political vector or you will pay the price.

  • 29 July 2018, 20:45 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Autocephaly: Who Decides?

    Since when does Moscow, rather than the Ecumenical Patriarchate, have the right to create new Churches, to insist that they are the only canonical Orthodox Churches of countries beyond Russia, to maintain jurisdiction over them, and to reserve for itself the right to grant or deny them autocephaly?

  • 12 July 2018, 08:21 | James Siemens' column | 

    The Fallacy and the Truth of Catholic Theology

    There can be no doubt that we stand at the threshold of a new world era. The antithesis seems to be settling into a new synthesis, and it is not one that promises an easy ride for the Church.

  • 29 June 2018, 11:59 | Analysis | 

    What’s in a Name?

    The Eastern Orthodox - that is, those Christians whose Orthodox traditions, theology, and spiritual practice are lived outside of communion with Rome, yet with communion amongst themselves and at least four ancient, apostolic sees - often suggest that it is not possible to be Orthodox in communion with Rome, as just being in communion with Rome nullifies any claim to Orthodoxy.

  • 14 June 2018, 08:38 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Five Objections to a Patriarchate – and Five Responses

    … in view of the prospect of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox patriarchate … recognition of a UGCC patriarchate may be timely.

  • 1 June 2018, 13:26 | Analysis | 

    All roads lead to Rome. Thoughts following the meeting between the Pope and Metropolitan Hilarion

    Rome certainly is the universal See of the Church, even if some do not admit this outright or unequivocally. All roads lead to Rome, even for those who think that they go opposite direction or their own “special way”.

  • 3 May 2018, 11:32 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Autocephaly in a Nutshell

    … the Moscow Patriarchate is busy both in Ukraine and the outside world agitating against such a grant of autocephaly to the UOC-KP and the UAOC, which it regards as schismatic. But its ability to influence world Orthodoxy is limited…

  • 19 March 2018, 14:52 | Comments

    The world is thirsty for peace

    Oksana Bashuk Hepburn, former director with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and president of a consulting firm dealing with international affairs