At Gardone, there was some discussion about International Law; and Warfare. I found myself wondering (and nobody seemed to know the answer) about Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
Here is what puzzled me. We in our Western Churches fortunately have a carefully-evolved, rational, inherited body of teaching about what is needed to constitute a war a 'Just War'. It goes back a long way and involves distinguished names.
But do the Byzantines? Do they have such a body of teaching of their own, or do they subscribe to the same fontes as ourselves ... or do they corporately subscribe to nothing at all in this particular ethical area?
Perhaps a factual answer would enable us to make a not-unfair judgment on President Putin's motivations and actions; and to understand the statements and attitudes of His All-Holiness the Patriarch of Moskow.
Might this (as Fr Jack of Craggie Island once put matters) be ultimately an Ecumenical Matter?