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Russia Loses the War of the Churches (50)

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

The ROC and the UOC-MP can easily be characterized as sore losers. 

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While Russia ramps up a very toxic propaganda campaign in Ukraine and Russia, and sends an ROC emissary to the DPRK, Constantinople very publicly strips the head of the ROC in Ukraine of his coveted title of Holy Metropolitan of Kyiv, which the ROC unlawfully appropriated in 1685AD. As Ukraine now falls under the canonical jurisdiction of Constantinople, we can expect to see a great many Russian acquisitions returned to their rightful owners. Notably,  Constantinople urges the ROC clerics to participate in the Unification Council, which they refuse to do.

Patriarch Bartholomew explains to Metropolitan Onufriy the reasons for Ukraine church’s autocephaly (Letter) | UNIAN

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has sent a letter to head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) Metropolitan Onufriy explaining the reasons for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian church and inviting him to take part in the upcoming unification council. The Ecumenical Patriarch reiterated that according to historical data and archival documents, the Holy Metropolitan of Kyiv had always belonged to the jurisdiction of the Mother Church of Constantinople. cumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has sent a letter to head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) Metropolitan Onufriy explaining the reasons for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian church and inviting him to take part in the upcoming unification council. The letter dated October 12 was published by unofficial translation by Metropolitan of the UOC-MP Oleksandr (Drabinko) on Facebook. The Ecumenical Patriarch reiterated that according to historical data and archival documents, the Holy Metropolitan of Kyiv had always belonged to the jurisdiction of the Mother Church of Constantinople founded as a separate metropolitan, occupying the 60th position on the list of the dioceses of the Ecumenical Throne. And later, the local Synod in Russia “unilaterally cut itself off from canonical authority, i.e. the Holy Great Church of Christ (1448), but other metropolitans in the city of Kyiv, being lawful and canonical, were consistently and tirelessly subordinate to the Ecumenical Patriarchate as the Kyiv clergy and laity did not accept their subordination to the center from Muscovy.” And in 1685, the Moscow patriarch personally appointed the Metropolitan of Kyiv, which Constantinople had previously done, thus violating the canons. Ecumenical Patriarch Dionysius IV then actually turned a blind eye to the violation of the canons and allowed the Moscow patriarch to appoint the Metropolitan of Kyiv, however, provided that when the metropolitan performs the bloodless and holy sacrament, he should first of all remember the esteemed name of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Taking into account all the historical facts, the Ecumenical Patriarch concludes that the historical Kyiv Metropolitan must be transferred back under the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s jurisdiction, while Onufriy could no longer be called the “Metropolitan of Kyiv” after the establishment of the canonical church in Ukraine and election of its primate. “The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate during the session of April 22, 2018, took note of the requests sent from time to time from the clergy and laity regarding the independence of the blessed Ukrainian land, which was framed into a separate sovereign state, but above all with a goal of curing existing splits and divisions, since the sister church of Moscow has failed to cure them – they unanimously decided to give the status of an independent internal structure, i.e. ‘autocephaly,’ to the Ukrainian state. Until the formation of the hierarchy in Ukraine into the body and its definition after the election of its primate, who, in accordance with our decision, will be given a Patriarchal and Synodal Tomos, we inform Your Eminence that in Ukraine there is the highest canonical authority, which is the Holy Great Church of Christ, as it was from ancient times.” “We wanted to inform Your Eminence about these preliminary decisions of the Mother Church through the exarchs appointed by us to Kyiv, but, unfortunately, you refused to interact with them. Returning now to the same issue for the second time in this Patriarchal letter and addressing you as ‘His Eminence Metropolitan of Kyiv,’ for practical use and kindness, we inform you that after the election of the primate of the Ukrainian church by an authority consisting of the clergy and laity, you will not be able to ecclesiologically and canonically bear the title of the Metropolitan of Kyiv, which you still have despite the violation of the described conditions of the official documents of 1686,” the letter says. Based on this, Bartholomew called on Onufriy to “immediately and in the spirit of harmony and unity” take part in the upcoming unification council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the election of its primate. “Of course, Your Eminence is allowed to be a candidate for this position. We also ask you and your hierarchy to communicate with former Metropolitan of Kyiv Filaret and former Archbishop of Lviv Makariy and others since they have been fully reinstated by us in the bishopric, but not in their posts and titles, according to our positive decision in response to requests they had repeatedly sent us, as Divine and Holy Canons 9 and 17 of the Holy Fathers of Chalcedon clearly and wisely proclaim,” the letter says.

Constantinople deprives the head of the UOC-MP of the title of Metropolitan of Kiev

The Patriarchate of Constantinople decided to deprive the head of the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate Onufry of the title of Metropolitan of Kiev. This will happen after the unification of the council and the election of a new head of the single Ukrainian Local Church. A correspondent letter from Patriarch Bartholomew published on Facebook by Metropolitan of the UOC MP Alexander (Drabinko). As noted in a document called Onuphrius, the hierarch of the UOC-MP now holds the title of Metropolitan of Kiev, breaking the canons. “We wanted to bring to your eminence these preliminarily made decisions of the Mother Church through the exarchs appointed by us to Kiev, but unfortunately you refused to interact with them. Returning to the same question now for the second time through this Patriarchal letter and the appeal to you as” Eminence Metropolitan of Kiev “, in the form of economics and mercy, we inform you that after the election of the Primate of the Ukrainian Church, an organ consisting of clergy and lay people, you will not be able to wear the title of Myself ecclesiologically and canonically ropolyta Kiev, which you still wear now in breach of the conditions described official documents in 1686 “, – stated in a letter to Bartholomew. In addition, the Patriarch of Constantinople asks Onuphrius and the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate to keep in touch with the former Metropolitan of Kiev Filaret and the former Archbishop of Lviv’s Macarius and others with them, as they were fully restored by Phanar in the archaism. In this case, Onuphrius is allowed to take part in the elections of the head of a new united Ukrainian Autocephalous Church. As is known, according to the provisions of the synodal act of 1686 on the temporary transfer of the Kyivan Metropolitanate to Moscow, the Metropolitan of Kiev was to commemorate the first priority of the Ecumenical Patriarch as its leader. However, this condition was not fulfilled for almost 300 years. Consequently, according to the logic of Fanar, Onufriy can not bear the title of Metropolitan of Kiev, because of the violation of the norms of the 1686 Act and the re-establishment of this year’s direct jurisdiction of Constantinople over the metropolitan.

UOC-KP Council to meet on Dec 13 – 06.12.2018 17:54 — Ukrinform News

A meeting of the Bishops' Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) will be held in Kyiv on December 13, on the eve of a unification council, at which the single Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be created, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret has said.

The Polish Orthodox Church forbade their priests to join in the liturgical prayer and contacts with the UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate (PHOTO) | The Bobr Post

The Polish Orthodox Church forbade their priests to engage in contacts with representatives of the unrecognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate. About it as transfers TASS, said the document prepared following the meeting of the Council of bishops and published on the website of the Polish Church . The Council of bishops in General called the events in the spiritual life of Ukraine “alarming” and “strikes the balanced existence of Orthodoxy in Poland”. The Polish Church in this regard, calls on all leaders of the Orthodox churches to come together in a spirit of mutual respect “to bring to a peaceful solution of the issues of the separation of Orthodoxy on the Ukrainian land.” Accurate data on the number of Orthodox in Poland, where more than 95% of the population consider themselves Catholics, no. The Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church estimates the number of his followers in the 450-500 thousand parishioners. The main statistical management of the country leads other figures in the last census 10 years ago about their belonging to Orthodoxy said 156 thousand. The Patriarchate of Constantinople the session of the Synod, which was held on 9-11 October, confirmed the decision that proceeds to the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine, and quashed the decision of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. It was also decided to remove the anathema from the heads of the two non-canonical churches in Ukraine – Filaret of the Kiev Patriarchate and Makarii of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church. In addition, it was announced the desire to return to the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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‘Church serfdom’: Constantinople won’t hand Kiev independence, new statute reveals — RT World News

For all Kiev’s hopes of a “fully independent” Orthodox church in Ukraine, it turns out that Constantinople has its own plans. A statute shows the new church to be in a subordinate position and not led by a patriarch.

Orthodox priests from Rivne, Sarny interrogated in treason, religious hatred inquiry, – SBU

The Rivne region branch of the SBU State Security Service of Ukraine on December 5 interrogated 12 priests from the Rivne and Sarny (Rivne region) eparchies of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate as witnesses, Interfax Ukraine reports. “Today, 12 priests were invited to be interrogated as witnesses as part of a criminal inquiry opened by the SBU’s Rivne branch,” its press secretary Inna Iliuchok told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on December 5. In its turn, the Rivne diocese said on its website that its priests were interrogated as witnesses in criminal cases on high treason and infringement on the equality of citizens depending on their race, nationality, religion, disability, and other signs as per the Criminal Code of Ukraine. “Over ten priests were summoned, so the interrogation took quite a while,” the statement said. Bishop Pimen of the Rivne eparchy believes that the accusations against them and their church are false and offensive. “Our priests did and will serve God and people of Ukraine. And the accusations being thrown at us and our church are false and offensive. All of us, the bishops and priests of the Rivne region, are Ukrainians and patriots of our country, and neither we have done, nor we are doing anything that could divide or harm Ukraine,” Bishop Pimen says.

TASS: Society & Culture – Poroshenko violates constitution by meddling in church affairs, says Moscow patriarch

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Symonenko: Terror against canonical Orthodoxy is a crime and spiritual genocide | The Siver Post

It is known that “stop thief” the loudest cry of those who are trying to shift the blame to the “blame on others,” to escape responsibility for the outrage perpetrated by, in pursuit of the hierarchs and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on false trumped-up charges of “treason” and “inciting religious hatred”. This was stated by the leader of the Left forces of Ukraine Petro Symonenko. “Searches in the churches and interrogations in the SBU of those clergymen who, following the Orthodox canons “thou shalt not kill”, “love your neighbour” stand for peace and humanity, preaching the unity of Orthodoxy, and refuse to obey “fearsome the schismatic”, testify to the agony of the ruling oligarchic regime of the Nazis that drove the citizens of Ukraine in the socio-economic abyss. The mode in which banditry and robbery, neo-Nazism and fascism elevated to the rank of state policy. Regime that is now trying to secure a further stay in power, privatizing the Church, causing division and hatred, the driving force controlled by believers in the “spiritual house”, – said Simonenko. Petro Symonenko reminded that not so long ago the current leprosaria the President with the Ministers and other bureaucrats went to pay homage to the temples of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, took communion and atone for his sins, carrying the gifts, trying to buy forgiveness from God for their theft and humiliation of the middle, for lying and abuse of history, for his crimes before God and men. “Now, given overseas masters in government offices, the Nouveau riche, embezzlers and puppets, like a pack of Rudyard Kipling’s banderlog, unleashed spiritual and physical terror against the canonical Orthodox”, – said the leader of the Left. Petro Symonenko stressed that brazenly violating the Constitution, which explicitly talks about the separation of Church and state, the regime flagrantly interfere in Church Affairs. Moreover, from the mouths of top officials of the state calls “fire and sword” to expel the canonical parishioners of the UOC of the temples to take away Church property in favor of “Patriotic confessions, to how I use the jargon of thieves Poroshenko said, the canonical UOC “fingers fan” was arranging. “At the same time blatantly lying about some of autocephaly, on freedom of conscience and belief, when in fact Poroshenko is preparing in Ukraine “Bartholomew’s night”: the subordination of the Ukrainian Church of the Constantinople Patriarchate, that is, the introduction of external control in the spiritual realm, the elimination of canonical Orthodoxy, Catholicosate Ukraine and the new Union, a division of the world of Orthodoxy”, – said Peter Simonenko.

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