Russia in the West

Following the revolution, the Russians in Paris helped preserve the faith for later Orthodox generations, and they brought something to the West.

Quiet reforms: the Vatican and priestly marriage

Without announcement (and with almost as little notice), a Vatican reform was published in the official directory of the Holy See: it plain states that the Eastern churches in Communion with Rome may have a married presbyterate anywhere in the world they happen to be.

Lamentabili voce

Many, including myself, looked on with profound respect earlier this year when several Russian Orthodox monks from a monastery of the Kiev caves placed themselves between disgruntled Ukrainians and the government police in what appeared to be a peace protest. The politics of these gestures, however, were inevitably more complicated than met the eye.