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Russia Loses the War of the Churches (38)


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The Russian ecclesiastical invasion of Constantinople labelled by Tymchuk as “little men in cassocks”, rather than “little green men”.

Ecumenical Patriarch sends message to Ukrainians to commemorate Holodomor.

The ROC’s political stunt in Kyiv blows up in their faces, politically, every which way it could. As Amb Pifer observed  “Will be interesting to see what individual UOC-MP parishes do.” Prediction? Likely most will defect to Constantinople – who wants to be tethered to a sinking ship?


Russian Orthodox Church’s “little men in cassocks” already in Istanbul – OSINT expert | UNIAN

Dmytro Tymchuk, the coordinator of the Ukrainian-based Information Resistance OSINT community, has said the Russian Orthodox Church, who he brands the ROC-FSB, hinting at its long-standing ties with the Russian security service, went for an offensive on the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople after severing communion with the Mother Church. Russian priest arrived in Istanbul in a demonstrative move to deliver a sermon without Constantinople’s consent. Dmytro Tymchuk, the coordinator of the Ukrainian-based Information Resistance OSINT community, has said the Russian Orthodox Church, who he brands the ROC-FSB, hinting at its long-standing ties with the Russian security service, went for an offensive on the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople after severing communion with the Mother Church. Attacking an enemy on its own territory is in the Kremlin’s traditions, Tymchuk wrote on Facebook. An ROC priest, Georgy Sergeev, arrived in Istanbul and delivered his first sermon in the temple of St. Constantine and Helen (located in the territory of the Russian Consulate General in Istanbul). The cleric’s arrival was explained by the ROC with “numerous requests of Orthodox believers living in Turkey,” Tymchuk notes, drawing parallels with the Kremlin’s claims of 2014 that Russian speakers in Crimea had been seeking Russia’s interference against “Ukrainian nationalists.” “However, merely 20 people attended the service, Tymchuk noted. Conducting sermons in Istanbul previously required Russian Orthodox Church getting a permission from the Patriarchate of Constantinople or sending their priest under the jurisdiction of Constantinople. “Now the opinion of the Patriarchate of Constantinople was defiantly ignored,” the expert wrote. “It means the ROC-FSB is infiltrating Constantinople (Istanbul) with ‘little men in cassocks’ who have taken up the role of the Russian ‘little green men’ [soldiers without insignia who flooded the Ukrainian Crimea as Russia made its first active moves to illegally annex the peninsula]. Church is now another front of the Russian hybrid war. Welcome to the phantasmagoric world of the peculiar ‘Russian Orthodoxy’,” Tymchuk added.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA – Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the 85th Anniversary of the Holodomor

MESSAGE By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the 85th Anniversary of the Holodomor Beloved children in the Lord: May God’s grace and peace be with you. As every year, we are communicating with all of you with a heavy heart from the historic and martyric Mother Church of Constantinople while prayerfully commemorating the Holodomor of the Ukrainian People, the tragic and inhumane events of the years 1932-1933, when countless human beings lost their lives through deliberate and brutal famine. This tragedy inscribes itself among other atrocities against humanity and God’s creation committed over the twentieth century, the most violent in history thus far. As we pray for the repose of the victims’ souls and for the healing of this painful wound in the conscience of your blessed Nation, we remind all people of goodwill that the Church does not tolerate injustice or any type of force that undermines social cohesion. Rather, it underscores the social teaching of the Christian Gospel and promotes diakonia and philanthropy. Orthodoxy’s responsibility is to serve as a positive challenge for contemporary humankind, a God-inspired perspective of life and an expression of authentic freedom. When remembering the past and learning from its tragedies, we ought to move ahead into the future with compassion and forgiveness. For, it is in the Church, the mystical Body of Christ, that we are spared from sorrow and suffering, while at the same time we find strength to forgive and love all people. Our Ecumenical Patriarchate is strong because it has a sacrificial love and acts through humility and the Cross. His story is filled with martyrdom and sacrifice for the world, for all peoples and for all nations. The Church of Constantinople, as the Mother Church, is the incarnation of the free love of Christ, who does not crucify but is crucified, who sacrifices His soul for His friends – for all men. For this reason, it is inconceivable that the Ecumenical Throne – which according to the Holy Canons is responsible for the unity and stability of Orthodoxy – would remain indifferent when an Orthodox people, such as the Ukrainian people, suffer and seek a solution to the ecclesiastical problems that have tormented them for centuries. Therefore, we intervene by obligation – always on the basis of authentically ecclesiastical, truly universal and purely supra – national criteria – for the truth and tradition of the Church, the defense of canonical order and the identity of Orthodoxy, all for the purpose of building up the body of Christ, not for ourselves and not for demonstrating worldly strength and power. By remaining indifferent, we would be left with no excuse before God and history. This great responsibility of the Mother Church, the Holy and Great Church of Christ, certainly has no limits. That is why, just as we have granted autocephaly to all local Churches, the Holy and Sacred Synod has similarly decided to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which is tormented in many ways, so that she, too, may join the plentitude of Orthodoxy in unity and internal peace. Only the First Throne of Orthodoxy, the Church of Constantinople, holds this high responsibility according to the Holy and Sacred Canons. May God grant rest to the souls of all the victims of the Holodomor, and may He grant all of you, dear children, patience in trials, as well as love and forgiveness for one another. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 24thof November, 2018 The fervent supplicant befoe God, +BARTHOLOMEW Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch

 

 

 

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sends message to Ukrainians | UNIAN

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has issued a statement to the Ukrainian people ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine, promising assistance in addressing church problems by providing autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church. The Holy and Sacred Synod has decided to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which is “tormented in many ways,” according to Bartholomew.

Poroshenko eventually meets with three bishops of Russian-backed Orthodox church in Ukraine | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has eventually met with three bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) on Tuesday. The Russian-backed clergy wanted to meet with Poroshenko “on the church’s grounds.” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has eventually met with three bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) on Tuesday. The meeting took place in the Ukrainian House in Kyiv, the TV news service TSN has reported, citing own sources. The religious news portal Religion Pravda reported that three UOC-MP bishops had arrived to meet with the president. These were Metropolitan of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky and Vishnevsky Oleksandr (Drabinko), Metropolitan of Vinnitsa and Barsky Simeon, and Archbishop of Nova Kakhovka and Henichesk Philaret. No other details have been disclosed. The meeting between Poroshenko and UOC-MP leaders was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. “The president invited the UOC-MP leaders for a dialogue so that they hear first-hand information on his talks with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the agreement between Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the readiness of the Ecumenical See to facilitate the conduct of a unification council,” the Presidential Administration’s press service commented on November 13. The venue of the meeting was originally planned to be the Ukrainian House in Kyiv, but instead of meeting with Poroshenko there at 14:00 Kyiv time on November 13, the UOC-MP leaders gathered at the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery for a council to announce they do not recognize a decision by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to continue the process of granting autocephaly to the church in Ukraine.

Poroshenko assures hierarchs of UOC (MP) that the state will protect their right to free choice of church jurisdiction

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a meeting in the Ukrainian House on Tuesday assured a group of hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) that the state would protect the right of clergy and laity to free choice of church jurisdiction, presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko has said. “He [the president of Ukraine] also said that the Ecumenical Patriarch, for his part, guarantees complete canonical protection for supporters of autocephaly in Ukraine,” the presidential press secretary wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Representatives of a group of hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) supporting an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople regarding the granting of autocephaly met with the Ukrainian president at the Ukrainian House, he said. Poroshenko informed the hierarchs of his talks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, of an agreement between Ukraine and the Constantinople Patriarchate, and the latter’s willingness to facilitate the organization of a unifying assembly, Tsegolko said. “The bishops told the president about unprecedented pressure being put by Moscow on those bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) who are willing to join the establishment of a unified church,” he said.

Poroshenko met with Moscow Patriarchate bishops supporting autocephaly for Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday held a meeting with hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate supporting the creation of a new autocephalous church in Ukraine. “It was representatives of the UOC MP’s wing, which is in favor of the idea of autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, supporting the creation of such a church, planning to attend to the Council and create this church,” Adviser to the President of Ukraine, director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Rostyslav Pavlenko told Pryamiy TV channel, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN. “They talked about the insane pressure being exerted on them,” the presidential adviser said. He also suggested that those who did not want that this meeting be held were either synchronizing their actions with Moscow or received instructions from there. “Because it was exactly about preventing direct dialogue – that’s the only explanation we can imagine. Instead of an open discussion, they wanted to do some kind of a political demonstration,” Pavlenko added. According to Relyhiyna Pravda’s sources, the following hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate met with the head of state: Metropolitan Oleksandr (Drabynko), Metropolitan Simeon, and Archbishop Filaret. Read more: “We’re going to ask Verkhovna Rada to rename Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate,” – Filaret On Nov. 13, Poroshenko was to meet with the episcopate of the UOC-MP at the “Ukrainian House” downtown Kyiv. At the same time, the episcopate of the UOC-MP on this day held in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra an emergency meeting of the synod, which decided to convene a council, where all bishops’ attendance is obligatory. Following the meeting, the council of bishops of the UOC-MP confirmed its readiness to meet with Poroshenko, but on the church territory. On Nov. 13, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) announced it did not recognize a decision by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to continue the process of granting autocephaly to the church in Ukraine and is going to sever Eucharistic communion with Constantinople. The Moscow Patriarchate also said they would not take part in the creation of a new, autocephalous church in Ukraine, as their Council of bishops considers that granting the tomos of autocephaly is “artificial” and “forced from outside.” Source:https://en.censor.net.ua/n3096758

Russia put pressure on bishops of Moscow Patriarchate who support joining of United Local Orthodox Church – Russian scenario was disrupted – 112.international

Poroshenko assured the bishops that the state will defend the right of the clergy and lay people for the free choice of the church jurisdiction. Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) informed President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko about “unprecedented pressure of Moscow” on the bishops who are ready to join United Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine as presidential spokesperson Sviatoslav Tseholko reported on Facebook. “The Russian scenario was disrupted. The representatives of the group of the bishops of the UOC-MP who support the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the provision of the autocephaly met at the Ukrainian House with the president of Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko informed the bishops on his negotiations with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on the agreement between Ukraine and Constantinople Patriarchate and on the readiness of Ecumenical Holy See to promote the holding of the consolidation council,” Tseholko wrote. According to him, “the Lords told the president about the unprecedented pressure of Moscow on the bishops of the UOC-MP who are ready to join the creation of the unifed church”. “President Poroshenko assured that the Ukrainian state will defend the right of the clergy and lay people for the free choice of the church jurisdiction. He also told that the Ecumenical Patriarch, for his part, guarantees the full canonical protection of the supporters of the autocephaly in Ukraine,” Tseholko noted.

Poroshenko still ready to meet with archbishops of Moscow Patriarchate’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is still ready to meet with archbishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) despite the failure of a Tuesday meeting over the venue and invites the churchmen to the “Ukrainian House” International Convention Center. The president proposes meeting at the Ukrainian House. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is still ready to meet with archbishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) despite the failure of a Tuesday meeting over the venue and invites the churchmen to the “Ukrainian House” International Convention Center. “Consistently defending the unity of Ukraine, striving for the unity of the Ukrainian Church, the President of Ukraine initiated a meeting with all the archbishops of the UOC-MP a few weeks ago, inviting them to the Ukrainian House,” Poroshenko’s Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook on November 13. “The president invited the UOC-MP leaders for a dialogue so that they hear first-hand information on his talks with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the agreement between Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the readiness of the Ecumenical See to facilitate the conduct of a unification council,” Tsegolko said in a statement on behalf of the Presidential Administration’s press service. “But those who do not want a result are looking for a reason to refuse. Which is what most of the UOC-MP archbishop did by starting to look for explanations not to come for the meeting, supposedly because the venue was not right,” the statement said. “Neither the language of ultimatums, nor the Synod [council] meeting held according to a scenario sent, probably, from Moscow, can derail the process of creating a local Orthodox church in Ukraine. This process is supported by the absolute majority of our country’s citizens. So going against the will of our own people is obviously a path to nowhere,” it said. “The president of Ukraine is ready for a dialogue. The doors of the Ukrainian House remain open,” the president’s statement concluded. Instead of meeting with Poroshenko at the Ukrainian House at 14:00 Kyiv time on November 13, the UOC-MP leaders gathered at the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery for a council to announce they do not recognize a decision by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to continue the process of granting autocephaly to the church in Ukraine. They also declared they were going to sever Eucharistic communion with Constantinople. Besides, the UOC-MP clergy announced their church would not take part in the creation of a new, autocephalous church in Ukraine. Earlier on Tuesday the UOC-MP bishops’ council said they were ready for a meeting with Poroshenko, but only on the church’s grounds. “The archbishops’ council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church confirms readiness for a meeting with the President of Ukraine, but on the church’s grounds,” the council said.

Russian-backed Ukrainian Church Rejects Unification

Announcement comes after planned meeting between top pro-Moscow clerics and Uraine President Petro Poroshenko fall through

TASS: Society & Culture – Poroshenko’s meeting with Ukrainian Orthodox Church hierarchs cancelled

It can take place at a different time, according to bishop Kliment

Moscow Patriarchate’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church ceases Eucharistic communion with Constantinople Patriarchate | KyivPost

The council of archbishops of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church sees the Patriarchate of Constantinople Holy Synod’s decision on Ukraine as one without the canonical force, and has announced a breakup with Constantinople. “The council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church believes that the Patriarchate of Constantinople Holy Synod’s decisions of October 11, 2018, regarding the Ukrainian church issue, are invalid and as such have no canonical force. (…) By taking the anti-canonical decisions and officially recognizing the schismatics, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, according to church rules, itself embarked on the path of schism. In view of this, Eucharistic communion between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople is currently impossible and being ceased,” the Church’s Archbishops Council said in a resolution adopted at a Tuesday meeting.

Moscow Patriarchate’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church severs Eucharistic communion with Constantinople | UNIAN

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) has announced it does not recognize a decision by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to continue the process of granting autocephaly to the church in Ukraine and is going to sever Eucharistic communion with Constantinople. The Moscow Patriarchate claims the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople misinterprets Orthodox canon law. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) has announced it does not recognize a decision by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to continue the process of granting autocephaly to the church in Ukraine and is going to sever Eucharistic communion with Constantinople. “The council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church believes that the Patriarchate of Constantinople Holy Synod’s decisions of October 11, 2018, regarding the Ukrainian church issue, are null and void and have no canonical force,” the UOC-MP council said in a statement on Tuesday, November 13.

UOC-MP refuses to participate in creation of autocephalous church in Ukraine – 14.11.2018 10:28 — Ukrinform News

The Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) has made the decision on the impossibility of involving the bishops, clergy&nbsp;and&nbsp;laity in the processes on granting a&nbsp;tomos&nbsp;of autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. This is stated in the decision of the UOC-MP’s Council of Bishops of November 13. “The Council of Bishops states that the process of granting the so-called tomos of autocephaly is artificial, forced from outside, does not reflect the church’s internal demand, will not bring real church unity and will only aggravate the split and conflicts among the people of Ukraine. In such conditions, we deem it possible for the bishops, clergy and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to join these processes,” reads the decision. On October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant a tomos (ordinance) of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Kyiv now has to convene an assembly involving the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, who turned to the Ecumenical Patriarch with the request to grant the tomos. The assembly will carry out church unification, form a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and elect its primate. After that, the head of the single local autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will receive the tomos as a document (letter). President Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul on November 3.

UNIAN: Ukraine Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate not to participate in creation of autocephalous church | KyivPost

The Ukraine Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) will not to take part in the creation of a new, autocephalous church in Ukraine, as the council of UOC-MP bishops considers that granting the so-called tomos of autocephaly is artificial and forced from outside.

Steven Pifer on Twitter: “Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate rejects Constantinople’s decision on autocephaly, says will not join independent Orthodox Church in #Ukraine. No surprise there. Will be interesting to see what individual UOC-MP parishes do.”

 

Serbian Church ‘Doesn’t Recognize’ Ukrainian Churches’ Leaders Seeking Moscow Split

The Serbian Orthodox Church says it will not recognize a decision by the leadership of Orthodox Christianity to rehabilitate the leaders of two Ukrainian Orthodox churches breaking away from Moscow.

Serbian Orthodox Church did not support decision of Constantinople on UOC

The Serbian Orthodox Church did not support the actions of the Constantinople Patriarchate in rehabilitating the leaders of the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the UAOC Filaret and Macarius.

 

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