Andrew Sorokowski's column

  • 18 December 2011, 08:41 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Are we in a post-secular age?

    “Much of modernity is predicated on an antagonistic relationship between the sacred and the secular. We are proposing that we can move beyond that hostility. We are in a post-secular age now where people are yearning for a sense of meaning. It’s a pilgrimage, with few set answers.”

  • 16 November 2011, 16:37 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Two Visions Of East Slavic Christendom

    Why is the Moscow Patriarchate concerned by the structural development of the UGCC? There are several possible interpretations.

  • 19 October 2011, 15:03 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 


    Inculturation is the process by which a religion, entering a particular culture, takes on some of its features while infusing it with its message. The process is necessary in order to make that message comprehensible to that culture.

  • 15 September 2011, 16:57 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Catholicism And Democracy

    One may or may not agree with the respected churchman's evaluation of how history has shaped Ukrainian national character. But few people are likely to be surprised that a Catholic prelate is proceeding on the assumption that democracy is good and desirable.

  • 17 August 2011, 07:47 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Secret Library

    In this way, the Soviet authorities illustrated their policy towards the Church as an institution. For by sealing it off from society, they sought to prevent ideas and information from either leaving or entering. The Church would no longer affect the way people thought, and it would no longer be affected by knowledge from the outside world.

  • 8 July 2011, 10:29 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Semantic Resistance

    Language is like the air we breathe: it surrounds us, enters us, and comes out again. It fills us with the spirit of the age, which is expressed in the particular language of our society. Today's international discourse is full of expressions that appear in a variety of languages – some deliberately vague, some euphemistic, such as "global war on terror," "undocumented alien," "single mother," or "reproductive health" – which convey various social, political, or ethical messages.

  • 13 June 2011, 12:39 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 


    The recent announcement of a substantial gift by Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) has aroused a lively discussion on the internet in both Ukraine and the diaspora.

  • 16 May 2011, 08:24 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Sirens, Monsters And Whirlpools

    Buffeted by unabating winds from the north, the Ark of the Church is navigating perilous straits. On the one hand, she hears the siren song of militant nationalism.

  • 17 April 2011, 15:38 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Moral Relativism In Moscow

    Recently American philosopher George Weigel reported that in an interview with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, he had asked whether the March 1946 "Council" of Lviv, which purported to liquidate the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, was a "theologically legitimate ecclesial act." Hilarion had unhesitatingly replied in the affirmative.

  • 12 March 2011, 13:12 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Succession Stories

    In resigning from office last month, Archbishop Major Lubomyr Husar paved the way for a smooth and orderly succession. He thus dealt effectively with what has been a perennial problem, and not only in the Church.

  • 14 February 2011, 08:02 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Is there such a thing as catholic economics?

    Nothing could be more distant from religion, many people would say, than economics. Economics is a hard-headed, hard-hearted field, known as "the dismal science." It is for pragmatists, not idealists; it deals with the corporal, not the spiritual.

  • 20 January 2011, 13:51 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Christianization, de-christianization, re-christianization

    "Secularization" is one of the most popular topics in today's religious and political discourse. But what does it mean? In the strictest sense, it means turning something sacred into something profane: for example, turning a cathedral into a "temple of reason," as happened with Notre-Dame de Paris during the French Revolution, or using a church as a cinema, as happened throughout the USSR.

  • 15 December 2010, 07:39 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Shifting the east-west paradigm

    There is a fundamental paradox in the world view of many Ukrainians. Ecclesiastically they are Eastern – whether they are Greek-Catholic or Orthodox. But socio-politically and culturally as well as economically, their orientation is Western. They see themselves as a part of Europe.

  • 11 November 2010, 19:53 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Decay and Rebirth

    "The Church must be forever building, for it is forever decaying within and attacked from without"

  • 12 October 2010, 11:14 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Ukraine as a traditionalist haven

    For traditionalist Catholics from the West, Western Ukraine is a dream come true. The seminaries are full.