The Dispute over an Independent Ukrainian Church

(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

As ecclesiastical disputes go, the current dispute between the Ukraine and Russia, over the future status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, should not be taken lightly. Failure to resolve the dispute amicably will have an adverse impact on Orthodox unity and harm relations between several major Autocephalous Orthodox Churches.

At stake is the future of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has been an integral part of the Church of Russia for 300 years. The present government of the Ukraine is seeking …

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