Writer's columns

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    The Ukrainian Church can become “fresh blood” for the ancient and in some cases an outdated structure.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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.