The Kiev-Kremlin conflict catalyzes a religious schism centuries in the making.
- Christopher Miller
VORSIVKA, Ukraine — For years, Father Vasily spent his Sundays behind the altar at St. Nicholas, a church in the small town of Vorsivka, in north-central Ukraine.
That all changed in early January, not long after the Ukrainian Orthodox Church officially split from the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church in one of the biggest schisms in Christian history.
That’s when the village faithful held a vote to decide whether their church should remain in the Russian fold, or join the…