Short Reads on June 2022

Better the Godless East than the Immoral West
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics, Uncategorized

Better the Godless East than the Immoral West Great Power Logic and the Approach of the Russian Orthodox Church towards China

български | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, experts have been scrupulously analyzing the Russian Orthodox Church’s (ROC) reaction to the conflict. Its support for the Kremlin triggered comments about the Church being a state-controlled ideology entrepreneur which has confused Christian values with imperial geopolitics. Indeed, the inclination towards…

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Maria Spyropoulou, the Semi-Transparent Deaconess
Women in the Church

Maria Spyropoulou, the Semi-Transparent Deaconess

български | Română | Русский | Српски On January 17, 2022, a deaconess of the Orthodox Church was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Church Triumphant. Maria Spyropoulou, deaconess of the missionary Church of Korea, fell asleep after an 89-year journey to earth. Born February 6, 1933 in Greece, she studied Pedagogics in Athens (1952-54)…

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Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi? Ukraine and the Second Sunday of Pentecost in UOC and OCU Liturgies
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Politics

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi? Ukraine and the Second Sunday of Pentecost in UOC and OCU Liturgies

Most people who have written about the tensions between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) after the Russian invasion tend to focus on one thing: who is commemorated. This is not surprising. Accepting the authority of this bishop, but not that one, is an easy shorthand for where one…

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Why Did Viktor Orban Block the EU’s Sanctions against Patriarch Kirill of Moscow?
Global Orthodoxy, Religion and Politics

Why Did Viktor Orban Block the EU’s Sanctions against Patriarch Kirill of Moscow?

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски On June 3, the European Union reached an agreement on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia after difficult talks with Hungary. To avoid its veto, the other member states had to remove the name of the Moscow patriarch from the EU’s blacklist. Why…

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Will Orthodoxy in Ukraine Miss a Chance?
Inter-Orthodox Relations

Will Orthodoxy in Ukraine Miss a Chance?

Image: iStock.com/Haidamac On May 27, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) declared its independence from the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), of which it had until then been a branch. The reason is very clear: it disagrees with its (former) supreme hierarch, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has supported the Russian war against Ukraine. The UOC did…

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The OCA Holy Synod on the Russian War in Ukraine
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

The OCA Holy Synod on the Russian War in Ukraine On the Dubious Silence of the Shepherds

American Orthodox leaders, inevitably on one or other side of the widening Greek–Slavic divide in world Orthodoxy, typically echo the voice of the peculiar foreign “Mother–Church” to which each hierarch is canonically bound. So Archbishop Elpidophoros, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (GOA) in the USA, although expressing his sympathy for the hapless Russians being…

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