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Russia Loses the War of the Churches (29)


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The Russian campaign continues, following much the pattern of pre-WW2 Nazi rhetoric – defending the oppressed ethnic minority in neighboring nations. The language is becoming more toxic and the posture increasingly hostile. In Ukraine, ROC proxies launch a dubious lawsuit to try to overturn parliamentary support for the new church.

Putin Warns Of Consequences Over Orthodox Split – To Inform is to Influence

Is it just me or is Russia starting to ramp up and is setting the stage for something new? Promising “the most serious consequences” is strongly bellicose language.  We can rest assured this is not about the Russian Orthodox Church, that’s just an excuse. This points towards Ukraine, however, as the target of new Russian actions.  …

Putin Promises ‘Decisive’ Protection for Ethnic Russians Abroad. Po zakonu? – To Inform is to Influence

This is almost exactly what Putin said before the Russian invasion of Crimea.  I’m putting the finishing touches on a presentation I’m giving at InfowarCon 2018 tomorrow. “The appearance of legitimacy” is highlighted as one of Russia’s tools. “Po zakonu”. Russian propaganda is in what looks like a Strategic Pause. Volume and tone are way down. Lifting…

Putin Promises ‘Decisive’ Protection for Ethnic Russians Abroad – Bloomberg

Russia will do “everything” to protect its ethnic brethren living abroad from threats and persecution, President Vladimir Putin said.

Supreme Court to consider 3 lawsuits demanding to annul ruling on tomos | KyivPost

The Supreme Court of Ukraine will consider three lawsuits demanding to repeal the decision supporting the appeal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on granting tomos about autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the press service of the state judicial administration has reported. “The Supreme Court will consider several lawsuits to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to declare unlawful and repeal the decision dated April 19, 2018 “On supporting the appeal of the President of Ukraine to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for granting tomos about the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the judicial administration wrote on its website on Wednesday. The plaintiffs in these cases are the “Religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under St. Nicholas church of the Berdiansk Diocese of Zaporizhia region” and Horodnytsky St. George’s Monastery. Proceedings for these cases were opened on October 8 and October 9. “Another case is scheduled to be considered with summoning of parties at 10:30 a.m. on November 27, 2018,” the message reads. As reported, on April 17, 2018, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko reported on his intentions to appeal to Archbishop of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, asking him to issue a tomos (an official church document) granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and called on the Verkhovna Rada to support it. On April 19, MPs supported the appeal of the president of Ukraine to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to grant a tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

Supreme Court to consider 3 lawsuits demanding to annul ruling on tomos – Court administration

The Supreme Court of Ukraine will consider three lawsuits demanding to repeal the decision supporting the appeal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on granting tomos about autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the press service of the state judicial administration has reported. The Supreme Court of Ukraine will consider three lawsuits demanding to repeal the decision supporting the appeal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on granting tomos about autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the press service of the state judicial administration has reported. “The Supreme Court will consider several lawsuits to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to declare unlawful and repeal the decision dated April 19, 2018 “On supporting the appeal of the President of Ukraine to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for granting tomos about the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the judicial administration wrote on its website on Wednesday. The plaintiffs in these cases are the “Religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under St. Nicholas church of the Berdiansk Diocese of Zaporizhia region” and Horodnytsky St. George’s Monastery. Proceedings for these cases were opened on October 8 and October 9. “Another case is scheduled to be considered with summoning of parties at 10:30 on November 27, 2018,” the message reads.

How Constantinople changed the Orthodox World – Modern Diplomacy

Soon it will be one month since the Ecumenical Patriarchate reinstated the primates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church

The Politics of Canons and Borders – Modern Diplomacy

The conflict surrounding the Orthodox church in Ukraine has moved irrevocably beyond the purely intra-ecclesiastical agenda. Experts, political scientists, and journalists have plunged headlong into the subtleties of canon law, the history of intra-Orthodox relations and discussions of the psychological profiles of the church hierarchs. As a rule, they consider the situation in a rather limited political context, assessing its consequences either for Russia–Ukraine relations or for Russia’s relations with the West. At the same time, the problem of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is far broader than the question of the future of Orthodoxy in a particular country or its relations with its neighbours. It would seem that a more extensive analysis of the current processes is possible using the approaches employed in the modern theory of international relations, which acknowledges the existence in global politics of denominational actors with their own objectives and principles [1]. Such a post-secular take will make it possible to delineate the interests of secular and religious actors and assess the balance of power on the political and religious map of the world (that overlap, but rarely coincide).

Is the Ecumenical Patriarchate Fine with St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv? – Modern Diplomacy

On October 18, Ukrainian Parliament approved the handover of St. Andrew’s church in Kyiv to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. During the second hearing, 237 deputies

US government is behind Ecumenical Patriarch’s support for Ukrainian Orthodox independence, Russian Orthodox official charges : News Headlines | Catholic Culture

October 31, 2018 » Continue to this story on Moscow Patriarchate CWN Editor’s Note: In contrast, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, praised Pope Francis for taking a “very balanced position” on the proposal for a self-governing Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above).

Metropolitan Hilarion: Patriarch Bartholomew is not free in his actions | The Russian Orthodox Church

On October 27, during ‘The Church and the World’ program aired by Russia-24 TV channel on Saturdays and Sundays, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, answered questions from its host Ekaterina Gracheva. E. Gracheva: Good afternoon! This is ‘The Church and the World’ program in which we talk with the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Good afternoon, Your Eminence! Metropolitan Hilarion: Good afternoon, Ekaterina! Good afternoon, dear brothers and sisters! E. Gracheva: A few days ago in the Vatican, you met with Pope Francis of Rome. At present, the dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church appears to be quite developed. What can explain the more frequent contacts with the Roman Catholic Church today? Are those right who say that Western Christians are now closer to us than our brothers from Constantinople? Metropolitan Hilarion: The relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church have received a new impetus for development after Patriarch Kirill met with Pope Francis in Havana two and a half years ago. I should say that before that meeting, the contacts were held on a regular basis as well. I would not say that they have become more frequent. During Pope Francis’ pontificate, I met with him 7 times, that is, on average I meet him once a year. Usually it takes place in autumn, also because in autumn the Synod of the Roman Catholic Church holds its meetings to which observers from several Orthodox Churches are invited. For many years now, I have come there as an observer from the Russian Orthodox Church. Usually, I come for one or two days. I am given 10 or 12 minutes to set forth the Russian Church’s point of view on a particular topic, as, indeed, we have a regular students exchange, groups of staffers or priests come to us from the Vatican and we send our staffers or priests to the Vatican. For a third year now, we have held two weeks-long Summer Institutes at the Church Institute for Post-Graduate and Doctorate Studies. On the sidelines of the Synod, I always meet with the Pope. Usually, it is an audience, which lasts for about an hour and allows of discussing issues on the agenda of our bilateral relations. E. Gracheva: What does Pope Francis think about the rupture of our relations with Constantinople? Was this issue discussed during your meeting with him? Metropolitan Hilarion: Of course, a considerable part of the time was given to a discussion on the situation in Ukraine, namely, to the church situation, and I set forth for the Pope the point of view of the Russian Orthodox Church on the developments. We do not assume that the Pope of Rome can be an arbiter in this dispute – it is absolutely impossible. It would be wrong to involve him in these problems and expect that he would take some actions or identify with a particular side. The Orthodox Church lives according to her own laws and rules. We will solve this problem on our own, without the participation of the Pope of Rome. The breakoff of the Russian Orthodox Church’s relations with Constantinople has also to do with the relationships with the Roman Catholic Church since, along with the bilateral relations between the Russian Church and the Roman Church, there are also a pan-Orthodox – Catholic theological dialogue. And we have withdrawn from this dialogue as well.

A ‘global conspiracy’ undermines Orthodox world – head of Russian Church | Tremont Herald

A ‘global conspiracy’ undermines Orthodox world – head of Russian Church There is a global conspiracy against Orthodox Christianity, the head of the Russian Church believes. Moscow’s ongoing quarrel with Constantinople over Ukraine is just a symptom, he said. Patriarch Kirill alluded to a global conspiracy against Orthodox Christianity as the cause of the ongoing rift between his church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during an annual religious conference in Moscow. The stakes are very high, and the incentive to destroy the unity of the Church has a global dimension. It’s not a fight over jurisdiction. It’s a fight against the only powerful Orthodox force in the world. The Russian Christian leader added that Orthodox Christianity served as an “island of freedom” standing against values and ideas forced upon mankind by globalism. The allegation came as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church was commenting on the possibility of healing a rift with Constantinople. The two Orthodox Churches are no longer in a spiritual communion after the Russian Church broke ties with its Istanbul-based counterpart. The move was in response to Constantinople revoking a 1686 decision, which acknowledged Moscow’s authority to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine.

Kirill: Constantinople gave “order” to the destruction of the island of “freedom”, which is the Russian Orthodox Church – news ZIK.UA | The Siver Post

Patriarch Kirill considers the actions of Constantinople in Ukraine global order the destruction of the “island of freedom”, which is the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). About Kirill said on Tuesday in Moscow at a meeting with participants of the festival “Faith and word”, – reports rosbalt.ru. According to the Patriarch, “the stakes are very high”. “The order for the destruction of the unity of our Church is an order that has a global dimension. It’s not just the struggle for jurisdiction, it is the struggle for the destruction of a single powerful Orthodox power in the world”, – quotes “Interfax” of his word. Cyril believes that “someone had to strike at the island of “freedom”. He explained that Orthodoxy calls the “island of freedom”, because it’s free “by global brainwashing and domination of others over us thoughts.” “The tragedy of Ukraine beyond the political field, it has a mystical dimension,” he added. Cyril has told and about preparation of his closed-door meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew, which took place in Istanbul on August 31. This meeting was the last attempt a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Constantinople over Ukraine. And even then, according to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Bartholomew’s position on Ukraine was expressed quite sharply and radically.” We will remind, on 11 October Synod in Istanbul invalidated a decree from 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv metropolis Moscow and announced the establishment of its representative office in Kiev. The same decision, he exonerated the leaders of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine. The Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate announced a complete rupture of relations with the Constantinople Church.

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