The Religious & Historical Context of The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Explained

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys are joined by Ukrainian Greek Catholic Priest Fr. Andrij Hlabse, SJ to discuss the religious and historical context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Episode 176:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• The religious history of the Ukrainian people
• The false religious pretext of the Russian Invasion
• Is Vladimir Putin even a Christian?
• How faith is supporting the Ukrainian resistance
• and much more

Supporting Ukraine

Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund

Archeparchy of Philadelphia Humanitarian Aid Fund for Ukraine

Pontifical Mission Societies Solidarity With Ukraine

Show Notes:

Kyiv’s Ancient Normality

How the West Gets Ukraine Wrong — and Helps Putin As a Result

How to think about war in Ukraine



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13 comments on The Religious & Historical Context of The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Explained

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi guys, Fr. Andrij

    I wish we could have been announcing that peace was happening in Ukraine and that Putin was thrown out of Russia or locked up. I want his blood because he is shedding innocent peoples’ blood. I can’t pray for him because he is evil. This invasion is an attack against the people of Ukraine as well as western democracy. He hates democracy and he is out to dominate and turn Ukraine into Russia because he is an evil psychopath who is an egomaniac. Loving our enemies makes no sense when it comes to the slaughter of the innocent by an evil ruler. His plan is stupid and he is going to fail because the whole world practically is against him.

    This is a very timely erudite podcast and I thank you for presenting it. People should be informed about what is going on from a political and religious

    Eastern slavs who are Christian can trace their history. I agree with the Pope that everything is connected. The Ukrainian church is second only to the Latin church. It has a big voice in the world. Yes, Fr. Pagano we need solidarity with Ukraine. We need to know how we can help, and thanks for letting your audience know what organizations are out there helping the people now.

    The discussion was informative but it all boils down to an evil man with an agenda who needs to be eradicated for the safety of Ukraine and the world. The man has a Napoleon complex.


  2. mike says:

    some facts
    russia and germany combined via nord stream creates a european powerhouse and is in no need of america
    now that alliance is destroyed
    russia and china together make america militarily and economiocally second class citizens
    now thats no longer the case as russia has been weakened
    the pawn in this game for the US is ukraine and it was scarificed to checkmate russia
    goal achieved
    brilliant strategy …. its all a game of chess my friends

  3. Tiffany says:

    The first two links under the show notes section direct to the same page – a page saying “that page cannot be found.”

  4. Frank Attanucci says:

    I thought that the following was crucial point that is worth repeating:

    “And this is the distinction that I would make: I do think there’s evidence to show that Vladimir Putin considers himself to be an emperor and one who is reconstituting the Russian lands, as he sees them, the empire. That I do think is true. However, I think if you look at the public record of all of the various evil actions with which Vladimir Putin is reasonably tied, there is no evidence, no evidence, to think that he is a sincere Christian…. I think that’s a very firm line that has to be drawn. Because when you, again, have an ideology which justifies the destruction of people you call, quote, ‘your brothers,’ or you call, ‘the same people,’ there is a massive disconnect. And there’s a tremendous distance from the teaching of Jesus Christ. And so, I think it is important to be aware that Vladimir Putin wishes to sell himself, and propagandize himself, as a Christian… But that is a falsification of the publicly available facts.”

    — Fr. Andrij Hlabse, SJ (at 39:38)

    1. Tricia Bendon says:

      I’m sorry you have this so wrong. Next time you should read Archbishop Vigano’s letter before you proclaim an expert opinion on a topic you missed altogether.
      Putin is not the evil player in this, Zelenskyy is.
      Egg on your faces…please do your research 1st. I will watch for a correction.

      God bless!!

      1. Andrea says:

        Bizarre Conspiracy Theories:
        There was no Holocaust.
        Birther theory.
        President Bush orchestrated 9/11
        Airplane exhaust trails are government chemical trails of dangerous life-threatening chemicals just for the fun of it all
        Global warming is a hoax
        The moon landing is a hoax
        President Zelensky decided to annihilate his own people and destroy his country
        Zany Zigano has any relevance
        (I am sure you can add to this list unless your message itself is a hoax.)

      2. Kay says:

        You cannot possibly be as naive as these 3 are showing..total propaganda. These 3 are just shill for the nazis in Ukraine. And yes, there are nazis. What complete nonsense!!! You can read Putin’s soul and know he isn’t Christian? Wow.

  5. Paul Bany says:

    As a landed immigrant from war-torn Sudan to Canada, I really hated war in general and I knew how it felt like to be a refugee at the UN camps. I had been at the refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya for 16 before I moved to Canada in 2004 as a landed immigrant. Hence, my prayers go to the Ukrainian people who are victims of merciless war imposed on them by dictators and globalists, the so-called New World Order movement that torments humanity.
    Please take a look at this link below in order to understand what had been going in Ukraine and it is happening now.
    May God rest the souls of those innocent people who have already lost their lives as a result of that conflict. Amen. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


  6. Tama says:

    What about the US dirty involvement with Ukraine? Biolabs? Why are Biden and Pelosi’s family members and other US politicians so tightly tied to Ukraine? Why is Soros backing Ukraine? Yes, Putin is bad and wants old mother Russia, but there is a lot more going on than meets the eyes and ears from all the propaganda being spewed. I am not convinced the government of Ukraine is a good player either. My heart breaks for the innocent people of Ukraine and I pray for the conversion of all who are part of this atrocity! Russia is spreading her errors because As Fr. Apostoli points out, Our Lady did not ask for one thing alone to secure the conversion of Russia and peace in the world, but two: the consecration of Russia and the First Saturdays devotion (pg. 255).

    Further, the First Saturdays are not simply to be done once in a set of five — the Five First Saturdays merely secure for an individual Our Lady’s assistance at the time of death. Rather, the First Saturdays are to be an ongoing act made by the faithful, the remnant holding back the wrath of God in the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, the Body of Christ making reparation on behalf of the world and thus securing the world’s conversion, sanctification, and peace.

    The evidence would seem to support that the consecration has been made; the First Saturdays have been neglected. And both are needed for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, as is made clear in the second part of the secret of Fatima (emphasis added):

    I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.
    This, many believe, is the reason we have not yet seen the conversion of Russia. The conversion was dependent upon both the consecration and the Communions of reparation, not just the former. The Holy Father has done what only he could do. All of us in the laity, the clergy, and the religious life, on the other hand, still have work to do in order to fulfill Our Lady’s request.

    We understand that Fr. Gruner and the Fatima Center have always asserted that the consecration has not yet taken place. On this point, we stand with the Holy See. We trust the discernment of St. John Paul II; the assertion of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (at the time under the leadership of then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) in the official document “The Message of Fatima,” released in 2000, that the consecration has been made; and the letters in which Sr. Lucia declared that Heaven had accepted it.

  7. julie says:

    After listening to this very interesting episode, it occurred to me that maybe we need to re-invigorate the prayers for the conversion of Russia.

  8. Connie says:

    When saying the Rosary….sometimes someone says half of a prayer and then you join in for the second half….why?

  9. Mark says:

    While I pray for the people of Ukraine and for an end to violence I think it’s somewhat juvenile to suggest Russia=evil and that’s it. The father made a mention that there’s no evidence for neonazis or Russians being oppressed in eastern Ukraine and, once again maybe Russians started it but Azov Battalion is a whole battalion in the regular Ukrainian army that is formed of neonazi’s. Also by the UN’s estimates there have been over 14,000 Russians killed in eastern Ukraine since 2014. Putin has done evil things and may be an evil man but it’s disingenuous to suggest they’re making all their claims up. I think that should be acknowledged

  10. Kay says:

    Oh my goodness, I cannot believe this propaganda- You fail to mention how Obama et al had a coup in Ukraine in 2014, Soros runs his global operations from Ukraine, Ukrainian human trafficking and organ harvesting, Americans spending billions of dollars to fund the globalists who want to depopulate the planet (Covid bioweapon plandemic), Americans dying in Ukraine to cover up the globalists’ crimes. NATO has refused to let Russia in as they want to destroy the Christian nation of Russia and take their resources. Pagano the DEFROCKED priest and the Jesuit Ukrainian claim NATO expanded into Ukraine as Ukraine was so afraid of Russia? Ukraine should be afraid of Obama et al who overthrew their govt. And this Jesuit Ukrainian priest says he knows Putin is not really Christian?? Oh really? Spiritual psychic? How about the pope isn’t Christian and the Jesuits are one of the 5 pillars of the global satanic cabal per Jessie Czebotar. The Ukrainians need to be able to choose their own will says Pagano and the Jesuit Ukrainian? That’s why Obama et al overthrew their government and put in an actor puppet? An “unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe”. Wow. I think the global plan to kill us with the bioweapon injection is more unprecedented. “Make sure you send money through a [Catholic] organization who you know will send the money”…. God Be With Russia

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