Posted by: aboutalbion | April 20, 2014

Religion and politics in Ukraine

I have never visited Ukraine, but I read that the Orthodox Church there and the Catholic Church there are each divided, and between them there are at least six different religious organisations of various sizes.

In relation to the two largest organisations, the BBC today reported on contrasting Easter messages.

A senior officer of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (type A) included the following extract in his Easter message.

“Against our peace-loving nation, which voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons, there has been aggression, there has been injustice.  A country which guaranteed the integrity and inviolability of our territory has committed aggression.  God cannot be on the side of evil, so the enemy of the Ukrainian people is condemned to defeat.  …  Lord, help us resurrect Ukraine.”

A senior officer of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (type B) included the following extract in his Easter message.

“[Peace] should reign in the hearts and minds of our brothers and sisters by blood and by faith”.  ‘[H]e also said Ukraine was “spiritually and historically” at one with Russia, and he prayed for it to have authorities that were “legitimately elected”.  …  “We are a single people before God”.’

As I see it, this data is evidence to support the claim that organised religion and party politics are two sides of the same coin.

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