Andrew Sorokowski's column

  • 8 June 2015, 09:07 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    “Russian World” or Kyivan Christianity?

    A Eurasian turn in Russian foreign policy could be good news for Ukraine – not only politically and militarily, but also ecclesiologically.

  • 8 May 2015, 10:49 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    A latter-day Meletii?

    In terms of complexity and confusion, as well as the intrusion of political factors, our times resemble those of Smotryts’kyi and Mohyla. They require religious leaders of subtle intelligence and diplomatic skill – and followers who can appreciate them.

  • 9 April 2015, 09:23 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Thought crimes in the Crimea?

    Police supervision of religious education restricts freedom of religion itself. This is one more instance of the baleful effects of Russian occupation on the once religiously free and diverse peninsula.

  • 6 March 2015, 10:26 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Clerics In Camo

    “If your hearts burn with true love for Ukraine, for this Ukrainian people enslaved for ages, it is not you, but this burning love that will speak and act.”

  • 20 January 2015, 08:48 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Suis-je Charlie?

    Ukraine is still a religious society to some degree, and hence, blasphemy is taken seriously. In the early 1990s, as Ukraine gained independence and legislators were considering new draft laws, someone suggested that there should be laws against blasphemy. But today, this is unlikely to happen.

  • 27 December 2014, 20:05 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Pentecostal and Patriot

    The Russian invasion has altered the chemistry of Ukrainian society. Today, it is possible for a Russian-speaking minister of a traditionally apolitical and pacifist church to die fighting for Ukraine.

  • 25 November 2014, 12:52 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Smerdyakov's revenge

    Ukraine is the negation of Mr. Putin’s theory about the West. For if today’s Russia sees the West as a danger that must be destroyed in order to preserve Orthodox Christian culture, Ukraine sees it in a more complex way…Rather than isolating itself from the West… Ukraine engages with the West and in doing so, revitalizes its own Christian world view.

  • 20 October 2014, 09:40 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Russia and the Uniates

    The issues of the Church Union and Ukrainian independence are connected in the official Russian mind. For Moscow, the very idea of Ukraine is a violation of East Slavic unity, while the Union that resulted in the Greek-Catholic Church is a betrayal of Orthodox solidarity. The underlying premise is that Moscow is the arbiter and guarantor of both.

  • 22 September 2014, 16:25 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Right To Resist

    The Maidan was a defensive collective action of citizens. It sought to defend the people from state action directed against justice -- extra-judicial abductions, torture and killings.

  • 25 August 2014, 10:34 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Can christians and muslims cooperate?

    Given their shared hardships, it stands to reason that Christians and Muslims in the Crimea should help each other. Some, however, might balk at such cooperation.

  • 26 June 2014, 08:58 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Hilarious — even Chaplinesque

    In Metropolitan Hilarion’s view, the crisis in Ukraine, which in fact consists of a Russian invasion, is being exacerbated by the Greek-Catholic Church. Evidently, standing by the people, seeking to mediate, offering pastoral aid, and comforting the wounded and dying serve only to “make the crisis worse.”

  • 28 May 2014, 08:11 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | view video | 

    Is it Possible to Cooperate with Russians?

    If religion combines naturally with nationalism, can there be any basis for trans-national religious solidarity?

  • 22 April 2014, 09:52 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Grassroots Resistance

    If townspeople, craftsmen, artists, and small business owners can organize themselves in defense of their folk culture, then they can do the same to defend their religion. For the same forces that destroy local cultures also annihilate local spiritual traditions and ways of life.

  • 18 March 2014, 10:10 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    A Dangerous Fiction

    What does Russia want? This has been the subject of much speculation in the Western press. If we know what Russia really wants, so goes the reasoning, then we can guess what it will do.

  • 19 February 2014, 14:43 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Blessing The Billy-Clubs

    For a Ukrainian churchman, the blessing of arms for the defense of the people is a noble precedent. But Archpriest Aleksei Yefimov’s fondnesss for Soviet Russian mythology entails a hostility to legitimate Ukrainian aspirations, which a true pastor would support.

  • 30 January 2014, 08:27 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Kirill’s Key Man In Kyiv

    As events in Ukraine are spinning out of the regime’s control, and Ukrainians are trying to create a genuine democracy, how will Moscow react? Along with measures in the political and security areas, will it also take steps in the ecclesiastical field?

  • 23 December 2013, 09:54 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Moscow mystique meets the Maidan

    Russophilia has a long history in the West. It is not to be confused with a healthy admiration or love for all that is true, good, and beautiful in Russia and its culture. An uncritical adulation of all that is Russian, it is composed of fragmentary knowledge, fantasy, and willful ignorance.

  • 17 November 2013, 18:55 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Association Agreement would benefit Europe, says Filaret

    An Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union would benefit not only the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, but European society as well. This was one of the points that Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) made during a luncheon address last Thursday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC

  • 22 October 2013, 11:00 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Vocation Location

    In his public address in New York last October 5, sponsored by the Ukrainian Patriarchal Society, Bishop Borys Gudziak spoke of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church’s various strengths and weaknesses, as well as the threats it faces and the opportunities it should not overlook.

  • 23 September 2013, 10:40 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    What the Pope Really Said

    Pope Francis has done far more than the sensationalist press and uninformed public may have expected. He has not provided assurance to either “liberals” or “conservatives.” He has not given us leave to return to our comfort zone. Rather, he has challenged us to embark on an exciting and unpredictable journey to the limits of our experience. “One should not bring the frontier home,” he says, “but live on the frontier and be audacious.” For “God is always a surprise.”