Fribourg, Switzerland, Mar 10, 2022 / 09:15 am
A Swiss university has suspended a leading Russian Orthodox prelate from his post as a professor for “his silence” over the Ukraine war.
Mariano Delgado, the dean of the theology faculty of the University of Fribourg, announced on March 8 that the position held by Metropolitan Hilarion was suspended until further notice.
Delgado said he was disappointed that the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate did “not feel able to oppose Russia’s clear violation of international law.”
The dean said it was “scandalous” that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, had described Russia’s war against Ukraine as a “metaphysical” struggle.