Andrew Sorokowski's column

  • 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.

  • 6 July 2016, 13:34 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Orthodoxy after Crexit

    …the Council, for all its flaws, has shown that the Orthodox communion can function without Moscow and her satellites. The good news for Ukraine is that “Orthodoxy without Moscow” can undertake a sober and serious consideration of Ukraine’s bid for unity and autocephaly.

  • 6 June 2016, 08:11 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Kyiv’s Sacred Geography

    It was [the] unity of all those who believe in God that raised the Maidan from a merely political protest to a true “revolution of dignity.”

  • 4 May 2016, 15:57 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Celebrity Celebrations

    It was the genius of the Communists not to make a direct assault on what they opposed, but to subvert it through trivialization…. one of Communism’s proudest achievements in Ukraine… stands triumphant.

  • 4 April 2016, 18:37 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Contradiction of Secular Liberalism

    A secular society is no guarantee of LGBT rights….as secularism is enforced, liberalism vanishes.

  • 13 February 2016, 08:46 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Patriarch as Peacemaker

    With regard to the war in Ukraine, the joint declaration avoids the key problem.

  • 27 January 2016, 22:58 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Pluralism and Secularization

    Neither Poland nor the United States offers a useful model for Ukraine. In terms of religious pluralism, Ukraine lies somewhere in between, for its three Orthodox Churches and its Greco-Catholic Church all belong to a single Kievan-Byzantine tradition that can serve as a source of values for the new post-Maidan Ukrainian nation.

  • 6 January 2016, 18:25 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Liberals, the Laity, and the Church

    There will always be tension between the Church and those who believe in absolute individual freedom.Butthe Greco-Catholic laity, who are more experienced in acting in a diverse and contentious public forum, could serve as intermediaries.

  • 14 December 2015, 12:17 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Sex and the labor code

    Would it not be enough to say that citizens must be protected from violence and discrimination based on sexual attitudes or conduct?

  • 4 November 2015, 10:27 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Patriotic Patriarchs

    If the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) insists that it can become a truly patriotic and national Ukrainian Church that defies and denounces Moscow’s war against Ukraine, and the Moscow Patriarchate’s craven acquiescence, without leaving that Patriarchate – then it should do so.

  • 6 October 2015, 09:49 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Minority rights in jurisdictional transfers

    Sharing a church building teaches tolerance. It also teaches cooperation.

  • 2 September 2015, 14:18 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Does bad theology make bad politics?

    We can thus be grateful to Patriarch Kirill not only for discovering a new principle of church and state — that bad theology makes bad politics – but for providing a most convincing proof.

  • 10 August 2015, 13:03 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Fading Faith?

    The Russian government’s attempts to exert social control through the established Church have failed.

  • 1 July 2015, 17:45 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Stealing Names

    In the appendix to his futuristic novel “1984,” George Orwell described “Newspeak,” a language that eliminated politically inconvenient words and concepts. In the novel, the ruling elite understands that one of the best ways to destroy an idea or institution is to deprive it of its name.