Experts Say

'Equilibrium' and ignominy


January 17, 2018
By George Weigel

In brief: it's impossible to take a "balanced position" on the "conflict underway in Ukraine" and, at the same time, passionately promote nuclear disarmament. This past December 18, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the department of external relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, received an honorary degree from the Faculty of Theology of Apulia in Bari, on Italy's Adriatic coast. During his remarks on that occasion, Hilarion thanked the Holy See "per la sua posizione di equilibrio riguardo al conflitto in corso in Ucraina [for its balanced position regarding the conflict underway in Ukraine]." Did anyone in the Vatican blush in shame at that compliment? A lot of high-ranking Roman churchmen should have.
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