Andrew Sorokowski's column

  • 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…

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • 3 October 2016, 17:32 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    “Holy Wisdom”, the Universe, and the University

    Every true university should offer a coherent, holistic conception of truth.

  • 3 September 2016, 18:46 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Equal rites?

    The old conflict between Byzantinists and Occidentalists remains alive. Although it is potentially damaging, it does offer an opportunity to examine issues that the Church must sooner or later confront.

  • 3 August 2016, 13:17 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    1946 Does Not Equal 1596

    Brest represents an important chapter in Ukraine’s European aspirations. The pseudo-synod of L’viv, on the other hand, represents Moscow’s attempt to draw Ukraine back from European civilization.