Writer's columns

  • 22 April 2020, 10:44 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Is the Russian Orthodox Church Really Pro-Life?

    The Russian Orthodox Church has attracted Christians from countries like the United States because of its pro-life statements. One would expect that its supporters in Ukraine deal with the Coronavirus in a manner consistent with this position.

  • 23 March 2020, 18:11 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Cochlear Controversy

    Science does not, of course, disprove religion; it only disproves superstitition.

  • 14 March 2020, 19:34 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Plague and Piety

    …more detailed prescriptions from … bishops, and energetic execution of these directives by both clergy and laity, will help limit the spread of COVID-19 through the Coronavirus. It may also dispel some of the lingering public suspicion about the Church’s alleged indifference to science.

  • 27 February 2020, 12:12 | Viktor Yelenskyi's column | view photo | 

    Patriarch Bartholomew and his time

    On the 80th anniversary of the 270th Archbishop of Constantinople — New Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarch

  • 10 September 2019, 11:16 | Viktor Yelenskyi's column | 

    Interference impossible to ignore, or what should the state do with religious policy?

    All states of the world have in place a policy regarding religion and associations that citizens set up based on this religion's ground. The atheistic government of China and theocratic government of Iran, the mighty United States and tiny Andorra – just every one of them.

  • 29 May 2019, 12:53 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Too soon for a patriarchate?

    …the Kyivan patriarchate envisioned in the 1620s was conceived as a joint Uniate-Orthodox entity, remaining in communion with both Rome and Constantinople. Forces on both sides sank this ambitious dream. Could it be revived today?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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?