“As Metropolitan Hilarion seems to be adopting the position of his Patriarch by his silence, I declare that the position of full professor that was granted to him in 2011 is suspended until further notice,” Delgado said.
The University of Fribourg, a public university in western Switzerland, traces its history back to 1580, when the Jesuit scholar St. Peter Canisius founded a boys’ school in the city of Fribourg.
Its theology faculty is the largest in Switzerland and, although it is integrated into a state university, is supported by the Dominican Order and the Swiss Catholic bishops’ conference.
Metropolitan Hilarion, a theologian, Church historian, and composer, is one of the most prominent figures in the Russian Orthodox Church, an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church with an estimated 150 million members, accounting for more than half of the world’s Orthodox Christians.
In an interview in January, before the launch of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, he expressed opposition to war, citing the toll of previous conflicts.
“First, let’s remember at what cost did Russia win those wars. The price was millions of lives. Secondly, let’s recall that every war brings incalculable disasters to people,” he said.