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  • 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    The Ukrainian Church can become “fresh blood” for the ancient and in some cases an outdated structure.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

  • 1 March 2018, 21:06 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Are More Religions Better?

    Orthodox competition has increased throughout Ukraine since 2000. But has religiosity increased?

  • 27 February 2018, 15:27 | Open theme | 

    Re-registration of religious organizations in ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’: mockery of freedom of conscience

    While some church entities in Ukraine are vocal in declaring persecution and unacceptable interference of Ukrainian state authorities into internal church affairs, some very interesting processes are developing in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region (hereinafter “LNR”) that suggest comparison with Ukrainian “persecutions”.

  • 8 January 2018, 23:28 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Two Christmases

    Shifting Orthodox Christmas to December would symbolize a distancing from the Russian Orthodox Church and thus from Russia herself. It would mean a rapprochement with the West...

  • 6 December 2017, 08:31 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    A Conflict of Laws

    The UOC’s practice of amending the charters of its organizations in accord with Russian rather than Ukrainian law casts a doubtful light on current statements about the supposed autonomy or even autocephaly of the UOC.

  • 18 October 2017, 08:08 | Analysis | 

    Laws on reintegration of Donbas: a wake-up call for UOC-MP

    At one time, Metropolitan Onufriy, the Primate of the UOC-MP, when asked about Russia's aggression in the Crimea, answered as he probably considered the top of moderation: “I'm not a politician, I cannot answer this question.”

  • 5 October 2017, 14:29 | James Siemens' column | 

    Reclaiming Orthodoxy

    As a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church living in Cardiff, Wales, I am faced by the challenge of identifying myself on a regular basis.

  • 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.