The Crucial Religious Dimension of the War in Ukraine

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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Apr 01, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at


In recent columns I have suggested that in order to form a balanced moral perspective on the war in Ukraine, we should understand:

  1. the sober moral reasoning demanded by the just-war tradition, and the need to think dispassionately about the issues at stake; and

  2. the Russian view of the issues—since even if we condemn the invasion we must understand what provoked it.

In this third and final installment, I want to explore a dimension of the conflict that too many analysts have overlooked: the religious dimension. …

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