Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Holy War in Ukraine


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The spirit of those Galicians, who collaborated with the Nazis, is once more abroad, not only on the front against Russian troops but throughout Zelensky-controlled Ukraine.

Recent violent assaults on Russian Orthodox priests inside their churches in the city of Stryi, Lviv region, in Zelensky-controlled Ukraine have NATO’s divide and conquer paw marks all over them. This can be easily seen by reviewing previous bouts of NATO sectarianism in Yugoslavia, Palestine, Syria, Ireland, Iraq and Ukraine itself, where NATO have deliberately weaponized the confessional differences that are integral to the historical and cultural mosaics of those countries.

The 1978 election of the charismatic Polish citizen Karol Józef Wojtyła as Pope (John Paul II) had profound effects not only in his native Poland but further afield where confessional differences have also been, at times, volatile.

Pope John Paul II addressed these very issues during his June 2001 visit to Ukraine, where he proclaimed that ending the Great Schism was at the top of his bucket list. Although Pope John Paul II later apologized to the Greeks for his Catholics’ 1204 sacking of Constantinople, he did not specify under what conditions the Great Schism could end and, as he said in his 1988 Euntes in Mundum paper, Europe could once again breathe easily with its two lungs of East and West.

Europe’s two lungs were always at the heart of Pope John Paul II’s reign. Even when he was being elevated to the papacy, Pope John Paul II broke protocol by raising Cardinals Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland; Marian Jaworski, the Latin Rite Archbishop of Lviv; and Lubomyr Huzar, the head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church above all the world’s other cardinals in attendance. Pope John Paul II had, in other words, shown where his Papal priorities lay and those priorities would later be confirmed by his triumphant return to his Polish homeland which, as he freely acknowledged, had often had a very testy relationship with Ukraine to its east and Russia to its further east.  (more...)

Holy War in Ukraine

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