This paper highlights the peculiarities of the implementation of relations between the authorities and religious organizations in Eastern and Western Europe during the coronavirus pandemic. It has been proven that Western European countries have relatively quickly adapted to the new model of state-religious relations during the pandemic. At the same time, local protests and/or ignorance of the quarantine measures taken by the authorities of a particular country should be noted, which led to the detention of those responsible and/or an increase in the incidence of diseases among the population. It was revealed that the relationship between the authorities and religious organizations during COVID-19 in the countries of Eastern Europe is more diverse and ambiguous. As a result, there is a greater confrontation and conflicts (explicit or latent) in this region of the world than in the Western European countries. If explicit conflicts with the authorities were accompanied by the fact that divine services were held in the presence of a huge number of believers, then the latent conflicts were associated with discussions about a possible transformation of the form of participation in the sacraments, in particular the Eucharist.
Rudenko, Sergii and Turenko, Vitalii
"Specifics of State-Religious Relationships During Covid-19: Eastern Europe vs Western Europe,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 41
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol41/iss1/3