Saturday, 6 February 2016

National Review: Pope Francis and the Russian Patriarch Will Meet, as Ukrainian Catholics Watch and Wait

National Review: Pope Francis and the Russian Patriarch Will Meet, as Ukrainian Catholics Watch and Wait


by George Weigel


Thus one hopes that Pope Francis, in his private conversations with Patriarch Kirill, will insist that religious freedom is a prerequisite to the rebuilding of Christian culture in societies deeply wounded by the hyper-secularist Communist past, and to meeting the challenges posed today by the siren songs of a secular, libertine, materialist future. On this front, Francis could both defend his own and suggest a pathway toward a better Russian 21st century by citing the example of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church: a vibrant religious community, formed and sustained by the spiritual treasures of the Christian East, that has embraced religious freedom and is all the stronger for having done so, both spiritually and in its impact on society.


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