WelCom May 2022
The Russian Orthodox Church’s use of Christian teaching to justify Russia’s war on Ukraine is leading to calls for its expulsion from the World Council of Churches (WCC). Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams said the case for expelling is ‘a strong one’. He says he cannot accept the use of Christian terminology to justify ‘a nakedly aggressive, unprincipled act of violence against a neighbouring Christian nation’.
The leader of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphany Dumenko, says Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has ‘made his choice in favour of the Antichrist…I urge those who still have him as their shepherd: open your eyes…and do not be his accomplices.’