I was rather disturbed by R. R. Reno’s column “Global Culture Wars” (April). I understand that First Things is a monthly, and perhaps he would have written this article a little differently in light of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. (At least, I hope so.)
Reno mentions points about Vladimir Putin that are certainly being touted elsewhere: “He pledged to defend ‘family values’ and reject moral relativism” and so on. This may be so, but I think the invasion of Crimeacoincidentally (providentially?) a few days after the Ukrainian Catholic Church announced a new diocese in Crimeaand the subterfuge with which it was carried out, show that Putin supports “moral relativism” of a very developed sort in his foreign policy.
Not to mention the involvement of covert Russian agents on Kiev’s Independence Square last month, snipers killing protesters, including the unarmed Bohdan Solchanyk, a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University.
I hope that Reno will take a good look at Russia’s activities and give some serious thought to his claim that Putin is “positioning Russia to lead an anti-Western coalition along moral as well as geopolitical lines.”
And, regardless of anything else, I’m sure you agree that Ukraine could use prayers now. Please say a prayer for Ukraine, and ask everyone you know to do the same.