Editor’s Note: The bigger news this week is that it seems not highly unlikely that Pope Francis is showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, since he has twice made glaring errors when speaking: once referring to the Italian Archbishop Viganò as an American, and now referring to the monks of the Peshersk Lavria, as nuns.
A great tragedy to Christendom is about to be perpetrated, by the insistence of the Ukrainian government to expel the monks of that monastery, which has been celebrated the Slavonic Liturgy for nearly 1000 years. It would be sufficient simply to ask them to vow obedience to the Metropolitan or Patriarch of Kyiv. They should not be expelled.
You can see my visit to the monastery, here.