The Ukrainian Parliament just passed a bill saying that Russian Orthodox Churches of the Moscow Patriarchate must call themselves Russian Orthodox, not Ukrainian Orthodox.
Now, I can understand arguments from both sides. On one hand, from a secular law point of view, this seems to go against the liberal political idea of religious freedom. The Russians should have the freedom to call themselves whatever they want.
On the other hand, from a spiritual perspective, one would think the Russians would simply humble themselves and say “fine, we’ll call ourselves Russian Orthodox in Ukraine.”
Good arguments can be made in defense of both sides.
However, as I understand it, many of the preachers at the pulpits of the Moscow Patriarchate seem to be expressly preaching intolerance, schism, intrigue, and war. This is unacceptable from both a secular and spiritual standpoint.
I’ve thought a lot recently: WWI started in Eastern Europe in Serbia. WWII started in Eastern Europe in Poland. Now it seems to be more inevitable than ever before, WWIII will start in Eastern Europe, in Ukraine.
Let us all beseech the Prince of Peace for peace and unity for all Christians in the world, but especially those of the Russian Orthodox, Russian Greek Catholic, Ukranian Orthodox of both Kiev and Moscow, Ukrainian Greek Catholics, and all Slavic Christians.
Sts. Andrew and Peter, pray for us
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, pray for us
St. Vladimir the Great, pray for us
Sts. Boris and Gleb, pray for us
O Most Holy Theotokos, save us!
Lord Jesus Christ, through the prayers of the Angels, Saints, and Theotokos, grant us grace, mercy, peace, unity, and charity above all!