In the current situation in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Catholic University community sees a chance to revive the civic movement and the possibility for future politicians to emerge from its environment. “From the civic movement emerged a new generation of politicians who at first were united in a particular civic structure. So far I do not see such a civic organization in Ukraine, but it will appear,” said the Rector of UCU, Father Bohdan Prakh, in an interview to LB.ua.
Assessing the developments in Ukraine, Father Bohdan Prakh noted that young people now have a chance to change the political situation in the country.
“I was pleasantly surprised to see students protest without politicians. It shows that they strive for a new European reality, where everyone will have freedom and the opportunity to develop. It was a good display of involvement. And I believe that this youth should move forward, because they can change Ukraine,” said the rector of UCU.
The next step, according to Father Bohdan Prakh, should be uniting active young people in one civic organization, which must formulate clear demands to the authorities. In such a way it is easier to engage in dialogue and coordinate movements, which will lead to the most results. In comparison with previous generations, it is much easier for the youth of today to do so, because thanks to social networks, they are better informed and prepared to act, and can quickly coordinate their actions.
Father Bohdan Prakh hopes that future leaders will arise from this environment, as it happened in Poland, for example. The main thing is that the foundation for this leadership is based on universal and Christian values.
UCU Press Service