Staunton, June 13 – One of the gravest dangers -- and potentially most serious defeats --any country combatting an authoritarian aggressor is that in the name of defending itself against aggression, it will take steps that will make it resemble in some ways those against whom it is being forced to defend itself.
The Western allies faced such risks in combatting fascism during World War II. The democracies of the world were confronted by other such dangers when opposing the communist dictatorships during the Cold War. And now Ukraine is facing a similar kind of threat in the course of its struggle against an aggressive and authoritarian Russia.
One area where this risk is greatest is in the area of religious affairs. There, many Ukrainians believe, entirely reasonably, that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is the Kremlin’s handmaiden in its aggression against Ukraine and thus should be banned.
But Archbishop Evstraty, the secretary of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, warns that such a step would be a mistake as a matter of principle and of practice as well (glavred.info/politika/borba-s-drakonom-u-filareta-obyasnili-pochemu-v-ukraine-nelzya-zapreschat-moskovskiy-patriarhat-440903.html