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Russia Losing the War of the Churches (11)


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Media reporting that Constantinople is to announce later today its decision on Ukrainian Church autonomy. Earlier today the Synod lifted the anathema from two Ukrainian bishops who were labeled schismatics by the Russian Church leadership after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Also a deluge of threats and complaints from Muscovy. Chapnin, regarded by many as a hardline Russian nationalist, gets an op-ed in Bloomberg in which he predicts a religious war in Ukraine. All indications are the more likely outcome will be a mass defection of clerics and parishes from the Russian to the new Ukrainian church. Of course, the Russians could play false flag and dress up ordinary urban terrorism to look like religious terrorism.


Ecumenical Patriarchate preparing to announce decision on autocephaly of Ukrainian church | UNIAN

The Ecumenical Patriarchate is preparing to announce a decision regarding the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church. The decision on granting the tomos to Ukraine is set to be announced on October 11.

Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to consider Ukrainian autocephaly issue – 112.international

The issue of the provision of the autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be considered at the session of the Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that will be opened on October 9 as Interfax reported. “Initially, it was supposed that this topic will be discussed by Constantinople Synod on September 10 but at the end of the August it was decided to postpone the session for a month,” the message said. Earlier Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch, once again reiterated he would not change his views of the autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He claimed that Ukraine has a right to get it. As we reported on April 17, Petro Poroshenko signed an appeal to Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, with a plea to provide Tomos of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and urged the Verkhovna Rada to support it.

BREAKING NEWS: EP reinstates Ukraine’s Patriarch Filaret, Archbishop Makariy – ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑ INFO

ORTHODOXIA.INFO | Andreas Loudaros The schismatic Patriarch of Kiev, Filaret, and the schismatic Archbishop of Ukraine, Makariy, are as of today considered canonical hierarchs of the Orthodox Church. The two clerics, who are the heads of Ukraine’s two schismatic Churches, had made an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate requesting their past convictions be re-assessed. According to well-informed sources close to orthodoxia.info, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has accepted this appeal and restored them to canonical status. The exact details and conditions of the decision remain unkown, as well as the number of hierarchs that will subsequently be recognized. The official communiqué of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is yet to be issued.

Synodus of Ecumenical Patriarchate took the anathema off Filaret, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate – 112.international

Synodus of Ecumenical Patriarchate took the anathema off Filaret, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate

Ecumenical Patriarchate restores Ukraine’s Patriarch Filaret, Archbishop Makarii to canonical status | Censor.NET

11.10.18 16:16 – Ecumenical Patriarchate restores Ukraine’s Patriarch Filaret, Archbishop Makarii to canonical status The schismatic Patriarch of Kyiv, Filaret, and the schismatic Archbishop of Ukraine, Makarii, are as of today considered canonical hierarchs of the Orthodox Church. View news.

Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate reinstates Ukraine’s patriarch Filaret, Archbishop Makariy – media | UNIAN

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has designated Patriarch of Kyiv Filaret and Archbishop of Ukraine Makariy, Makarius, the primates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), as canonical hierarchs. This decision was taken after both primates had sent their requests to the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Greek church set to rebuff Russian call for talks on Ukraine in Orthodox rift | News | ekathimerini.com

Greece’s Orthodox Church will resist a push by its Russian co-religionists for talks to stop Ukraine’s Church breaking away from Moscow’s orbit, Greek church officials said on Tuesday, deepening a rift within the global Orthodox Christian community.

Greek Church set to rebuff Russian call for talks on Ukraine in Orthodox rift | Reuters

Greece’s Orthodox Church will resist a push by its Russian co-religionists for talks to stop Ukraine’s Church breaking away from Moscow’s orbit, Greek church officials said on Tuesday, deepening a rift within the global Orthodox Christian community.

Orthodox battle: Ukraine and Russia conflict spills over to church affairs – The Washington Post

Ukraine’s leaders seek an independent church, breaking centuries of ties with Moscow.

Russia-Ukraine tensions spark Russian Orthodox Church split- La Croix International

Russia-Ukraine tensions spark Russian Orthodox Church split. Dispute centers on the degree of supervision over Ukraine originally granted to the Moscow patriarchate in 1686

“It will be all right. With God’s help,” – Ecumenical Patriarchate exarchs on granting autocephaly to Ukraine. PHOTOS « World | Censor.NET

10.10.18 14:29 – “It will be all right. With God’s help,” – Ecumenical Patriarchate exarchs on granting autocephaly to Ukraine. PHOTOS Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the United States and Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton from Canada – the exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – have arrived for a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which kicked off in Istanbul… View photo news.

The decision on tomos for Ukraine will be taken when the time comes – a member of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Three-day session of the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate began in Istanbul on October 9. Member of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Metropolitan of Austria and Exarch of Hungary Arsenios states that the decision on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be adopted “when it is time”. As the correspondent of Radio Liberty reports, he said this on the sidelines of the Synod meeting, which takes place the second day in Istanbul.”We talked about tomos. The decision will be made when the time comes, but the Ecumenical Patriarchate has the right to make such a decision (on tomos – ed.) “, – said Metropolitan Arsenios. Member of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Metropolitan of Austria and Exarch of Hungary Arsenios states that the decision on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be adopted “when it is time”. As the correspondent of Radio Liberty reports, he said this on the sidelines of the Synod meeting, which takes place the second day in Istanbul.”We talked about tomos. The decision will be made when the time comes, but the Ecumenical Patriarchate has the right to make such a decision (on tomos – ed.) “, – said Metropolitan Arsenios.When asked about relations with the Russian Orthodox Church, which opposes the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Arsenios stated: “We do not want to create new problems, but with God’s help we will act in such a way that everything is peaceful, as He desires.”

Decision on tomos for Ukraine church to be taken “when the time comes” – member of Constantinople Synod | UNIAN

A member of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Austrian Metropolitan and Exarch of Hungary Arsenios declares that the decision on granting autocephaly, that is, an ecclesiastical independence, to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be made “when the time comes.” The cleric noted that there had been discussions on the issue at the Synod.

Mykyta Sinitsyn | History of Ukraine’s struggle for its autocephalous church – 112.international

The church conflict around the Orthodox lands that were part of future Ukraine and Belarus, broke out in the middle of the fourteenth century. It had some political reasons, which nevertheless became directly involved in the church. Author : Mykyta Sinitsyn Find out the chronology of Ukraine’s fight for its own church, not subordinated to Moscow

Kremlin politics divides Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 10.10.2018

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is pushing for independence. After 300 years, it wants to break away from the Russian Orthodox Church, which it views as being too tied to Kremlin politics.

TASS: Society & Culture – Kremlin opposes steps leading to split in Orthodox Christianity

The Kremlin spokesman reaffirmed committement to Russia’s position on the issue

Kremlin Says Against Potential Orthodox Church Rupture Amid Ukraine Autocephaly Plans – UrduPoint

Moscow is against any steps that might lead to the schism in the Russian Orthodox Church, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, regarding the situation with autocephaly in Ukraine

Kremlin opposes possible autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church | UNIAN

The Kremlin has opposed a possible decision on granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. A decision on autocephaly to Ukraine’s church is expected by the end of Thursday, October 11.

Patriarch Bartholomew’s ‘Universal Power’ Claim Breaches Canons – Moscow – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has exceeded his authority and claims to “universal power,” which is not typical for an orthodox eparch, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said on Tuesday.

Flash – Warnings from Moscow as Orthodox bishops to rule on Ukraine church – France 24

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Orthodox clerics led by the Patriarch of Constantinople are set to decide the fate of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church, with Moscow warning Wednesday that granting it independence would provoke street protests. The Holy Synod, which decides on key matters for the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate, is expected to pronounce on whether to grant independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church this week. This has inflamed tensions with the Patriarchate of Moscow, which technically oversees most of Ukraine’s Orthodox parishes, and whose clerics have warned that independence would provoke a rift in global Orthodoxy and hinted at possible physical street violence in Ukraine. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is considered the first among equals and a spiritual leader for the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians. The synod began on Tuesday and items on its three-day agenda are not made public, but the decision on Ukraine’s autocephaly, or independence, is widely expected.

Russian Orthodox Church warns of protests in Ukraine — World — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News

A high-ranking Russian Orthodox cleric on Wednesday warned that protests would erupt in Ukraine if the country’s Orthodox Church is granted independence from Moscow.

Warnings from Moscow as Orthodox bishops to rule on Ukraine church

Orthodox clerics led by the Patriarch of Constantinople are set to decide the fate of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church, with Moscow warning Wednesday that granting it independence would provoke street protests. The Holy Synod, which decides on key matters for the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate,

Agence France-Press: Russian Orthodox Church warns of protests in Ukraine | KyivPost

Ukraine’s Global Voice

Ukraine Is Dangerously Close to a Religious War – Bloomberg

To avoid bloodshed, all sides will have to act wisely.

Ukraine is dangerously close to a religious war – Ukraine is dangerously close to a religious war – 112.international

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political and military clash with Ukraine has brought about a schism on a spiritual level: The Ukrainian part of the Orthodox Church is on the verge of breaking away from its Russian overseer — a move that would undermine Moscow’s central role in eastern Christianity. There’s a real danger that the rift could lead to bloodshed, an outcome that all sides must act decisively to prevent. For several centuries, since the fall of the Byzantine Empire, Moscow has pretended to the role of a “Third Rome” — a political and religious capital that would unite the Orthodox world, or at least its Slavic part. To that end, in the 17th Century, the Russian church subsumed its Ukrainian neighbor. Even after the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991, most Orthodox believers in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus remained united under one spiritual leader, the Patriarch of Moscow. In 2016, Putin inaugurated a colossal statue of St. Vladimir, the Grand Prince of Kiev who established Russian Orthodoxy, next to the Kremlin — indicating that Russia aspires to be his true heir. That said, a rift has long been developing. In 1992, the charismatic former leader of the Russian church in Kiev, Filaret, sought to establish an independent, “autocephalous” church — one that that would answer only to God, not to Moscow. At the time, Russia enjoyed the support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, still considered first among equals in the Orthodox world, in opposing and ultimately excommunicating Filaret. Yet some 6,000 parishes remain loyal to the self-proclaimed patriarch, a threat that the Russian church, to its own detriment, has largely ignored. Now, Putin’s military incursions into Eastern Ukraine have altered the balance of power. Ukraine’s leaders can’t allow its largest religious group, comprising some 12,000 parishes, to answer to a higher authority in an aggressor state. So President Petro Poroshenko, with the support of the parliament and a large portion of his country’s believers, has personally asked Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. This time around, Constantinople is amenable. Diminishing the Russian church would enhance Bartholomew’s influence, helping him pursue his goal of forging closer ties with Western Christianity.

World War 3 fears: Ukraine religious row could spark WAR with Russia | World | News | Express.co.uk

UKRAINE is risking holy war with Vladimir Putin in a bid to break away from Russia’s Orthodox Church, experts fear.

RUSSIA Moscow Patriarchate fires Sergey Chapnin, editor of its journal

The journalist openly criticised the leadership of the Russian Church and its close ties to the Kremlin. He sees a

Russia seeks to crush Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea for helping resist Russification – Human Rights in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has faced open attempts to drive it out of Crimea or underground since Russia’s invasion in 2014, and moves now underway to grant Ukraine’s Church autocephaly may intensify repressive measures. In giving this sombre assessment at a press conference on October 9, Archbishop Klyment , the Head of the Church in Crimea, explained that up till now the Russian occupation regime has been at least somewhat restrained in its offensive out of fear that this could provoke measures from the Ukrainian authorities with respect to the Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate. With the Russian Orthodox Church having reacted very angrily to Constantinople’s apparent willingness to grant autocephaly, or autonomous status, and Russian state propaganda media full of dire warnings of imminent bloodshed as a result, the Church in Crimea is likely to find itself in an even more vulnerable position.

 

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