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Russia’s play, regarding the Russian Orthodox Church and Ukraine, is almost juvenile in its craftsmanship. Take a worn-out, very well-known propaganda and fake-publicity stunt, replace key elements with “Ukraine” and “Ukraine Orthodox Church”, and expect the world not to recognize what Russia is, once again, doing. We know, we know. You’re trying to portray justification for yet another illegal act. Apologies for the too-obvious insult, but Russian propagandists and trolls, you look stupid, in every language.
These reports recently emerged in the Ukrainian language media. The leadership of the ROC making derogatory and insulting statements about Constantinople (Archbishop Job – who holds a PhD in theology), ROC supporters fraudulently transferring state property to the ROC, and ROC clerics making false claims in interviews with Russian media.
This is increasingly looking like an ecclesiastical replay of the events of 2014, where Russia tried to falsely create the illusion of large public support for Russia inside Ukraine, while employing provocateurs to cause mayhem, in the media and on the ground.
A spokesman for Patriarch Kirill, priest Alexander Volkov, said that the statement by the Archbishop of the Constantinople Orthodox Church, Job, “casts doubt on his competence or is associated with a low level of education of the speaker.” About this Kirill’s representative wrote on Facebook. “The very alarming statements of the Archbishop Job are heard. We are seriously concerned about the state of his mental and spiritual health. If necessary, we are ready to help the fellow with treatment or sending him to study at one of the seminaries of our church,” the ROC said. Recall, according to Archbishop of Constantinople Job, the Moscow bishop is entitled to call himself a patriarch, given that he must recognize the Patriarch of Constantinople as his head, and the Russian Church must obey Constantinople, otherwise it will have to deny its own autocephaly. As Apostrophe previously reported, if the Jerusalem Patriarchate takes the side of Constantinople on autocephaly for Ukraine , the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) will suspend participation in services in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Moscow bishop is given the right to call himself a patriarch, given that he must recognize the Patriarch of Constantinople as his head, and the Russian Church must obey Constantinople, otherwise it will have to deny its own autocephaly. This was announced by Archbishop Job, reports the BBC . Critics of the position of Constantinople, first of all, the Russian Church, say that the Ecumenical Patriarchate does not have the right to decide on the granting of autocephaly alone, stating that this requires the consent of all existing local churches. However, according to the Archbishop Job, the Ecumenical Councils, which governed world Orthodoxy by decree, formed only five ancient patriarchates – Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem, and the Cyprus Church counted on them as autocephaly. Subsequently, the Roman pulpit fell away from Orthodoxy, and Constantinople became its first altar. All the other canonical Orthodox churches of the world, including the Russian, were not formed by the decision of the Ecumenical Councils, namely, the Ecumenical Patriarchate. “Legally, Constantinople has the right to do so – it is his privilege to proclaim autocephaly, and in Tomos all new churches are told about autocephaly that they must recognize the primacy of Constantinople and seek it for advice every time they have a world-class question. Here, at the world level, Constantinople is a judge or arbiter, according to the canons, according to Orthodox ecclesiology, “Vladyka Insists insists. According to the representative of the Church of Constantinople, if today the Orthodox Church of Russia has doubts about this, it should deny its own autocephaly: “Patriarchal status was given to her in the 16th century by the Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremiah AI, and this document clearly states that a patriarch in that he recognizes the patriarch of Constantinople as his head. ” “Some canonists believe that, since these new patriarchies, new autocephaly were created by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, then at a certain moment, if the Ecumenical Patriarchate deems it necessary, it can cancel this status,” says Archbishop Job. Does this mean that at a certain point Constantinople can simply cancel the Russian church, all the more so given the rupture of the Eucharistic unity with the Ecumenical Patriarchate through the Ukrainian question? “We hope that the Orthodox Church of Russia will come to reason and return to unity with the Ecumenical Throne, for the Ecumenical Throne does not want to break off relations with it. But if this situation continues for a long time, of course, the Ecumenical Throne will have to make certain decisions to ensure the unity of the church, “the archbishop diplomatically replies. Recall, as Apostrophe previously reported, on October 11, at a meeting of the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate, it was decided to continue the procedure for submitting a tomos about the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church .
The facilities should have taken the reserve on balance, but representatives of the church, bypassing the law, were ahead of it and registered buildings at the UOC-MP. Pochayev Monastery in the Ternopil region was illegally transferred to the use of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). About this in the broadcast of TSN said deputy Pochayevsky City Council Taras Palyanitsa, reports Tsenzor.NET . The deputy showed an extract from the State Register, according to which the buildings of the Lavra were recorded at the UOC-MP until January 1, 2052 with the right of prolongation. In the summer of 2018, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine ordered the State Reserve to take on the balance of the construction of the Lavra. In September, the reserve and the monastery appealed to the state registrar for documents. “While he was considering the case, the registrar in general of another district of the Ternopil region carried out the registration action in violation of the law. When people who represented the Pochaev Lavra addressed him, he performed the registration action to bypass the consideration already started by another registrar,” Palyanitsa said. The lawyer of the reserve called the registration document “fiction“. “You have to go ask that registrar: what did you bring in, boy ?!”, he said. According to TSN, documents in favor of the UOC-MP were issued by the state registrar Andrei Yaremko. “This is my action, yes. I committed this action, and committed it legally,” he said. Yaremko claims that he did not know that another registrar was involved in the Lavra case. Patriarch Filaret believes that after the UOC autocephaly is granted, Kiev-Pechersk and Pochayev monasteries will be transferred from the UOC-MP to the local church. The Ukrainian Ministry of Culture said that the fate of the Kiev-Pechersk and Pochayev Monastery, which are in state ownership, can be decided only by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Recall that on October 11, following a meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a decision was made public that Constantinople continues the procedure for granting autocephaly to the church of Ukraine. In addition, the Synod’s letter of 1686 was canceled, after which the Kiev Metropolis fell under the jurisdiction of Moscow, the canonical statuses of the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Philaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius were restored.
Opponents of autocephaly told about the allegedly existing “letter from Phanar”. Who and where saw this document – did not specify. The UOC MP said that the heads of the UOC Kiev Patriarchate Filaret and UAOC Macarius “will not be able” to participate in elections for the highest post of the Ukrainian autocephalous church. This opinion was managing director of the UOC MP, Metropolitan of Boryspil Brovary and Anthony announced in an interview to the pro-Russian channel “Purshia Kozatskyi” , reports Tsenzor.NET . “There is interesting information from several sources about the fact that there is a letter from Fanar sent both to the so-called Kyiv Patriarchate and to the Autocephalous Church, according to which neither Filaret nor Makariy can participate in the elections,” said Antony. “Therefore, apparently, the words at a recent press conference that Fanar should decide the fate of this meeting, proceed precisely from this. That is, Fanar must be convinced to have this fundamental approach in some way canceled,” he suggested. In addition, Anthony called the “fake” list of 10 hierarchs of the UOC-MP, who announced their participation in the unification council. According to him, the participation of “more or less said only two people.” Earlier, the head of the UOC-KP Patriarch Filaret stated that part of the hierarchs of the UOC-MP are ready to unite with the Kyiv Patriarchate into a single Ukrainian Orthodox church. Recall that on October 11, following a meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a decision was made public that Constantinople continues the procedure for granting autocephaly to the church of Ukraine. In addition, the Synod’s letter of 1686 was canceled, after which the Kiev Metropolis fell under the jurisdiction of Moscow, the canonical statuses of the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Philaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius were restored. On November 3, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation and collaboration between Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul . As Poroshenko said at the end of the meeting, the agreement creates conditions for the “process of providing Tomos (about autocephaly, – ed.) To be carried out absolutely in strict accordance with the canons of the Orthodox Church.” The head of state called this day, November 3, historic.