Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Solidarity or Bias?

Do Ukrainian catholics expect all other Catholics to side with them on political issues simply because they're Catholic?

Many injustices were committed against the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and many have not been remedied yet. But what of the rights of ethnic Russian-Ukrainians? And has there been any show of recognition by the Ukrainian Catholic hierarchy of the problems of those who currently hold power in Ukraine?

Can there be any reconciliation of Ukrainians and Russians? Chastisements in the future for all around?

What we need is more prayer and less wrong-headed politicking by clergy.

Reactions to the meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill:
His Beatitude Sviatoslav disappointed in Joint Declaration; laments Vatican's "weaker team" by Carl E. Olson
"One gets the impression that the Moscow Patriarchate is either stubbornly refusing to admit that it is a party to the conflict, namely, that it openly supports the aggression of Russia against Ukraine..."

Francis and Kirill: Who Played Whom?
February 13, 2016 by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Five details from yesterday's historical meeting suggest that while the Russian Patriarch may have thought he was first violin, the Jesuit Pope was conducting the orchestra.

Patriotism, Secularism, and Eastern-Rite Identity in Ukraine
Alexander R. Sich

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