The mourning for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris began even as the flames were burning. The reaction of Mr Rod Dreher is representative of what many in the West are thinking and feeling about this event:
The second wave of the West’s assault on Russia has begun, the US seems to be targeting Russia’s soft under belly, or what was thought to be soft, that is the Ukraine.
There are many reasons why the “Philadelphian plan” for the apocalyptic restoration of Ecclesiastical Unity, which is only and exclusively understandable from an Orthodox point of view, might seem to be utopian. The Church today has not only never been further removed from the possibility of reunification, but is also constantly under threat of further division and continuous decay. Dark heresies, liberal reforms, and the open aggression of the West hurl themselves at this ship of Salvation with a new, hitherto unwitnessed force. It seems as if it would be enough to save what is left and dream of Rebirth…