The initial broadside appeared in your column in the Denver Catholic Register on March 18, 2014, when you dismissed Patriarch Kirill of Moscow as "duplicitous" and Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfayev), chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, as "mendacious.” We take increased umbrage at the steady escalation of your Szechuan ad hominem prose since then:
“These [Ukrainian Greek Catholic] bishops, like
other western Christians, have not been duped by the
extraordinary campaign of lies that has issued from
the Kremlin these past seven months, but . . . all of
us who cherish the spiritual patrimony of Russian
Orthodoxy. . . are deeply saddened when you and
Metropolitan Hilarion, your chief ecumenical officer,
amplify the falsehoods of President Putin and Foreign
Minister Lavrov.” [June 17, 2014]
“Russian Orthodoxy’s leadership today
functions as a Kremlin mouthpiece in matters
Ukrainian, even as it lies about the Ukrainian Greek
Catholic Church’s role in the current crisis and
betrays its ecumenical commitments in doing so. . . .
[February 17, 2015]
“Serious ecumenical theological dialogue is
impossible with men who are acting in the world as
agents of Russian state power. Pretending otherwise
emboldens the Russian Orthodox leadership.”
[August 4, 2015]
Read the rest here.
Update: I draw the reader's attention to a response posted here.