Tag: Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Moscow Should Give Autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Now to Cut Its Losses, Kurayev Says

February 20, 2015

Staunton, February 20 – Deacon Andrey Kurayev, a Russian Orthodox commentator who is often provocative but whose ideas equally often reflect thinking in the Moscow Patriarchate, says that Moscow should give autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church before the Universal Patriarchate does and thus limit Russia’s losses in Ukraine. In a post on his Livejournal.com […]

Russian Provocations in Ukraine Follow Classic Soviet Model

October 15, 2014

Staunton, October 12 – On October 11, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate said that Russian special services are planning provocations against that denomination on October 14th, a reminder if one is need that Vladimir Putin is following the Soviet provocation model first developed by Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky. On its website, the […]

Moscow Patriarchate’s Position Crumbling in Ukraine

August 28, 2014

Staunton, August 27 – Seventy of the 125 members of the clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate say that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should separate from the Moscow Patriarchate and form on the territory of that country a single autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The survey, which was conducted on an anonymous […]

Moscow’s Pyrrhic Victory in Ukrainian Church Vote Weakens Patriarch Kirill

August 18, 2014

Staunton, August 17 – The pro-Russia faction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate succeeded in electing Metropolitan Onufriy to be its new head, but that victory is likely to be a Pyrrhic one both for the UOC MP, which will now lose even more of its parishes, and for Patriarch Kirill who will […]

Two ‘Mutually Exclusive’ Tasks Face Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate

July 13, 2014

Staunton, July 11 – As it chooses a successor to Metropolitan Vladimir, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church faces two “mutually exclusive tasks”– survival as a church in an independent Ukraine and survival as part of the Russian Orthodox Church – and it lacks the unified hierarchy and understanding of Ukrainian society and the Moscow Patriarchate needed […]

Moscow Patriarchate Not Marching in Lockstep with Kremlin on Ukraine, Lunkin Says

June 2, 2014

Staunton, 1 June – The Moscow Patriarchate is no longer in lockstep with the Kremlin on Ukraine, the result of the reactions of other Christian groups in Ukraine, its own corporate interests, and pressure from its own congregations who have a different view of the future than do many in the hierarchy, according to Roman […]