WASHINGTON — Standing in the basement of the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, cradling a well-worn book by Ukraine’s 19th-century “genius poet” Taras Shevchenko, co-pastor Father Wasyl Kharuk paused to muse about the crisis in his homeland — referring first to the role of the Church.
“I studied for the priesthood in an underground church,” in the late 1980s, he said. “Now, all the Ukrainian Christian churches are out in the street supporting the people. The change for us is … dizzying.”
“Even the Ukrainian Orthodox Church affiliated with Moscow is against war,” the 50-year-old priest continued.“They wrote a letter to their brothers in Russia, to...READ MORE