Bishop Paul Peter Jesep says in regard to the German court case again John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian native who was a Nazi prison guard, “The Demjanjuk case is not about Ukraine.  The case, even if justice has not been served, should not be allowed to fuel animosity between Ukrainian Jews and Christians.”

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“…there is that part of the global Jewish community which could not accept Demjanjuk’s innocence, the findings of the Israeli courts or the rule of law. Many concerned Jews disagreed, yet remained silent.  But then, that’s precisely why anti-Semitism exists to this day. Today it’s being fed by extremist Jews themselves and the silence and acquiescence of others.”

“…secret decision-making technologies for amending the Basic Law are hidden…in the CCU or ‘glossed-over’ documents of the Presidential Administration.”

“Ukraine, a crossroads for many peoples, would do well to embrace its Jewishness as it does its Christian heritage.  It should celebrate its rich religious and cultural diversity.  In doing so, a freer, more democratic Ukraine can be built, sustained, and nurtured.  It would be a counter-balance to Russia’s increasing authoritarianism while becoming a stable and reliable democratic ally of Israel.”        

“There is a more sinister element here that involves more than intolerant chauvinism used by Moscow to confuse it with legitimate nationalism.  It is another example of Russia and the secular Moscow Patriarchate causing division among Ukrainian Jews and Christians.”

Preparations for holding UEFA’s Euro 2012 football championship series in Ukraine and Poland are moving forward in a satisfactory manner. However, some of the costs and some of the other actions related to the events raise some interesting questions.

Paul Peter Jesep examines the upcoming meeting of President Viktor Yanukovych with leaders of all of Ukraine’s major Orthodox and Catholic church groups, a marked difference from his previous preferential treatment of the head of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The latest commentary by Paul Peter Jesep* takes the form of an open letter to President Viktor Yanukovych on the subject of assuring the president’s place in history.

Paul Peter Jesep welcomes the new head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church with the hope that cooperation between the Greek Catholics and the true Ukrainian Orthodox will be able to keep the Moscow Patriachate, anxious to claim and confiscate ancient Ukrainian holy sites, in check. 

Newspapers and magazines around the world have written articles and op-eds concerning the charges brought against former President Leonid Kuchma related to the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. On March 31 The Economist chimed in with an article sub-titled “What lies behind the charging of a former president”.

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