Andrew Sorokowski's column

  • 21 August 2013, 08:49 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Moscow on the Dnipro

    Russian President Vladimir Putin chooses his words carefully. Unlike the leaders of some countries, he does not make faux pas. One does not rise through the ranks of the KGB dropping careless remarks. Moreover, he is an unusually intelligent man. Thus, his words deserve careful scrutiny.

  • 20 July 2013, 17:38 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Russian, Ukrainian, or Kyivan?

    The Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Affairs has announced that the cross of St. Andrew from Patras, Greece will travel to Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus this summer on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary of the “Baptism of Russia.”

  • 22 June 2013, 13:15 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The ecology of faith

    In a recent blog, Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, Nuncio of the Holy See to Ukraine, takes issue with Sherry Weddell’s book on discipleship in the Catholic Church (“A Personal Relationship with Christ?”). He defends the importance of the “Volkskirche,” or “cultural Catholicism,” which should not be abandoned in favor of a purely personal religion.

  • 21 May 2013, 09:09 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The New Blasphemy

    The blasphemous stunts of FEMEN would merit little attention were they not part of a global trend. While blasphemy is nothing new, only recently has it become a form of public protest, gaining the attention of the press. But what does it mean? And how should Christians react?

  • 22 April 2013, 07:48 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Rebaptizing Rus’

    Is there something odd about celebrating the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’? Isn’t it enough to observe bigger, “rounder” dates? Why should the Church go to the trouble of putting on a major spectacle every 25 years, when there are other anniversaries to remember?

  • 25 March 2013, 11:59 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Implications of the new pontificate

    With the election of Pope Francis on March 13, Ukrainians naturally started looking for a “Ukrainian angle”.

  • 19 February 2013, 11:50 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Canonically canadian

    “That’s uncanonical!” One often hears this objection, directed to everything from icons to patriarchates, in the Orthodox world. What does it really mean?

  • 22 January 2013, 10:58 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Gender danger?

    Lately the notion has arisen in Ukraine that gender studies, which has been introduced into university curricula around the world, will lead to the relativization of sexual orientations and thus to feminism, abortion, the dissolution of the family, and the propagation of homosexuality

  • 18 December 2012, 09:39 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Authority and authoritarianism

    It may well be that in the Kievo-Byzantine tradition of the Ukrainian Church, authority is understood differently than it is in the Latin tradition. This would raise the question of whether, and how, such a different understanding of authority, applied on the patriarchal and episcopal levels, could be accommodated within the overall structure of authority in the Church as outlined above.

  • 23 November 2012, 10:56 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Too much freedom?

    This is not the place to speculate on the causes of secularization. For the moment, it is enough to say that it is not the result of “too much freedom.” Hence, Marynovych’s free Christian is a worthy model to emulate.

  • 22 October 2012, 16:10 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Should priests run for office?

    The Ukrainian parliamentary election campaigns have once again raised the question of clerical participation in politics. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church have forbidden their clergy to run for office. But historically, bishops and priests not only engaged in political activity, but held both legislative and executive positions. Why should they not do so now?

  • 18 September 2012, 08:40 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Should the Church have secrets?

    The announcement that the upcoming Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church would be held in secret once again raises the question of whether secrecy in the Church is a good thing or not. In fact, one of the themes of the journalism conference to be held in Lviv on October 20 is “transparency” in the Church.

  • 20 August 2012, 17:47 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Cloister Clash

    In principle, traditionally Orthodox church buildings could be transferred to any of Ukraine’s three Orthodox Churches. But in practice only the UOC-MP is likely to benefit. Many see this as a dangerous concession to a Church which, after all, is tied to a foreign center often hostile to Ukrainian interests and closely tied to the Putin regime.

  • 19 July 2012, 16:01 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Mere Politics

    Recently the prominent historian Iaroslav Hrytsak, who specializes in modern Ukrainian political history, called for a renewal of the Left (“Pro potrebu novoi livytsi,”, 15 June 2012). Since the old Left has joined the “party of power,” he reasons, while the opposition does not present a clear alternative, there is no genuine Left left.

  • 18 June 2012, 08:51 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Different Rules For Different Rites

    Catholic News Service has reported that during an ad limina visit of fourteen Eastern Catholic bishops from the United States on May 15, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Eastern Churches, urged them to promote a celibate priesthood

  • 20 May 2012, 15:18 | Andrew Sorokowski's column

    Pride and Propaganda

    On March 30, 2012 Party of Regions deputy Vadym Kolesnychenko introduced a bill in the Ukrainian parliament prohibiting homosexual “propaganda” aimed at minors.

  • 22 April 2012, 11:09 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Questioning “FEMEN”

    On Tuesday, April 10 – in the midst of the Eastern Christian Holy Week leading up to Easter – five members of the women’s group FEMEN suspended a seven-meter-long banner reading “Stop” from the belfry of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv. The messagesignified their opposition to draft law No. 10170, which would overturn Ukraine’s rather permissive law on abortion and substitute a more restrictive one. The letter “t” in the English word “Stop” was written in the form of an Eastern Christian cross.

  • 20 March 2012, 09:54 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Was the Church a source of fascism?

    According to one report, in his March 1 talk about Stepan Bandera at the German embassy in Kyiv, Polish-born German historian Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe placed special emphasis on the “active and direct participation of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in support of the OUN-UPA, precisely as a movement with a pro-fascist ideology.” He even called it “a source of Ukrainian fascism.” Could this be so?

  • 18 February 2012, 09:39 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Beyond Identity

    Ever since the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (1962-1965), the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church has been concerned with restoring its “Eastern” identity – or more properly, its Kyivan-Byzantine identity. The Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches (1964) called upon Eastern Catholics to “preserve their legitimateliturgical rite and their established way of life,” to“attain to an ever greater knowledge and a more exact use of them” and, if needed, “take steps to return to their ancestral traditions”

  • 17 January 2012, 00:10 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The New Colonialism

    Ukraine is well acquainted with the old type of colonialism, projected by an imperial state onto a subject population. But today, it may be the object of a new type as well – one practiced not by an alien nation-state, but by a transnational socio-economic and ideological elite.