Daily Archives: January 14, 2019

The Orthodox Church: 220 million Faithful and over 1,000 Bishops

The Orthodox Church is a family of Local Churches, just like the Churches of the Galatians, the Ephesians, the Romans, the Thessalonians, the Colossians etc, as described in the letters written to them by the holy Apostle Paul. Each of the Local Orthodox Churches has a main administrative figure, a chief bishop known as a Patriarch, or in the case of smaller Churches, a Metropolitan or Archbishop. However, the Church as a whole has no earthly head, because the head of the Orthodox Church is our Lord Jesus Christ. His authority is expressed in the Orthodox Church through the Holy Spirit as revealed particularly through Church Councils and the saints. Below you will find details of the Orthodox Churches and their approximate sizes, totalling: Bishops: 1,023. Priests: 79,592. Parishes: 71,993. Monasteries: 2,988. Faithful: 220,000,000.

Russia: Bishops: 419. Priests: 40,000. Parishes: 36,878. Monasteries: 1.000. Faithful: 164,011,000

This is the only real multinational Orthodox Church and accounts for 75% of all Orthodox. It cares for Orthodox living on canonical Russian Orthodox territory, spread over one fifth of the planet (the former Soviet Union except for Georgia, plus China and Japan) and peopled by over 62 nationalities. These territories include the Russian Federation, the Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Transcarpathia (the main part of Carpatho-Russia), Kazakhstan, Central Asia and the Baltic Republics. The Russian Church also includes the self-governing New-York-based Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (mainly in the three continents of the Americas and Oceania), the Japanese Orthodox Church and the Chinese Orthodox Church, as well as Exarchates for Paris and Western Europe and Singapore and South-East Asia.

Romania: Bishops: 57. Priests: 15, 513. Parishes: 13,527. Monasteries: 637. Faithful: 18,800,000

Also known as the Patriarchate of Bucharest, apart from in Romania there are also many Romanian parishes in the Diaspora, especially in Western Europe.

Serbia: Bishops: 53. Priests: 3.000. Parishes: 2,974. Monasteries: 204. Faithful: 8,000,000

The canonical territory of the Patriarchate of Belgrade covers Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia. There are also many parishes in the Serbian Diaspora.

Greece: Bishops: 108. Priests: 9,117. Parishes: 8,000. Monasteries: 598. Faithful: 8,000,000

Under the Archbishop of Athens, this Church cares for all Orthodox in Greece.

Constantinople: Bishops: 131. Priests: 5, 935. Parishes: 3,196. Monasteries: 148. Faithful: 5,250,000

This includes Greek Orthodox in Istanbul (about 1,000), those on Greek islands such as Crete and Rhodes (700,000), and above all the Greek Diaspora in the Americas, Western Europe and Australia. There are also twenty-four parishes in Finland and small groups of other Non-Greek Orthodox, mainly Ukrainian, elsewhere. It has 58 titular bishops.

Bulgaria: Bishops: 29. Priests: 1,500. Parishes: 2,600. Monasteries: 120. Faithful: 4,500,000

The Patriarchate of Sofia covers Bulgaria and a number of churches in the Diaspora.

Georgia: Bishops: 47. Priests: 1,100. Parishes: 550. Monasteries: 172. Faithful: 3,500,000

The Patriarchate of Tbilisi covers Georgia and a small Georgian Diaspora.

Antioch: Bishops: 44. Priests: 408. Parishes: 496. Monasteries: 32. Faithful: 3,000,000

The canonical territory of the Arab Patriarch, who lives in Damascus, includes Syria, the Lebanon and Iraq.

Alexandria: Bishops: 45. Priests: 500. Parishes: 1,000. Monasteries: 3. Faithful: 3,000,000

Although for historical reasons its Patriarch is a Greek and his appointment is in the care of the Greek government, this Patriarchate is in Egypt. It also cares for St Catherine’s Monastery on Mt Sinai, but most of its faithful are Africans in over 54 African countries.

Cyprus: Bishops: 18. Priests: 600. Parishes: 628. Monasteries: 28. Faithful: 650,000

Under an Archbishop, this Church cares for all Greek Orthodox in Cyprus.

Poland: Bishops: 12. Priests: 420. Parishes: 237. Monasteries: 13. Faithful: 600,000

Under the Metropolitan of Warsaw, this Church cares for Orthodox of all origins who live mainly in eastern Poland.

Albania: Bishops: 8. Priests: 154. Parishes: 909. Monasteries: 1. Faithful: 200,000

Under the Archbishop of Tirana, this Church cares for Orthodox in southern Albania, most of whom are of Greek origin.

The Czech Lands and Slovakia: Bishops: 7. Priests: 197. Parishes: 240. Monasteries: 4. Faithful: 170,000

Led by a Metropolitan, this Church cares for Carpatho-Russian, Slovak and Czech Orthodox, as well as large numbers of Ukrainian Orthodox immigrants.

Jerusalem: Bishops: 25. Priests: 50. Parishes: 50. Monasteries: 25. Faithful: 130,000

Although its Patriarch is a Greek and his appointment is in the care of the Greek government, the flock consists of Palestinian Orthodox in Palestine and the Jordan.

OCA: Bishops: 20. Priests: 1,098. Parishes: 699. Monasteries: 3. Faithful: 90,000

Not recognized by all Orthodox, this group is composed mainly of the descendants of Slav immigrants from the old Austro-Hungarian Empire to North America, especially to Pennsylvania.

 

 

The Ukraine: The Tragi-Farce Continues

After the collapse of the USSR, the main enemy of the USA will be the Russian Orthodox Church.

Words attributed to the US political geostrategist, Zbigniew Brzezinski, confirmed by Samuel Huntingdon (Chapter 6 of ‘The Clash of Civilizations’)

The Ukrainian State under the US-imposed puppet Poroshenko has set up its own State-Church for its xenophobes. Now these violent hooligans, unemployed and unemployable because of their criminal records, are arriving in busloads, supported by the police and local authorities, and try to occupy the churches of the faithful, beating up those who oppose them.

Over fifty churches have been occupied and so deserted by the faithful in this way over the last five years. Priests are being summoned to the secret police and ask why they do not go over to the State-Church. Their homes are searched and ransacked. But all this is done under the protection of the US-financed Patriarchate of Constantinople. So that is all right. It is all ‘canonical’. And, amazingly, there are still those who attend churches under the Patriarchate of Constantinople, once more become the enemy and persecutor of the Church.

The holy Elder Iona of Odessa prophesied all this eight years ago. He told people then to go to church because there would come a time when they would not be able to. However, he said that this period would last only six months, as all would end in ignominy. Quite simply, the people would boycott the churches taken over by the thieves. If so, then there would be no support, financial or spiritual, for the uncanonical Istanbul ’Church’ in the Ukraine.

Now it has been revealed that of the twelve members of the Synod in Constantinople, five refused to sign the agreement (‘Tomos’) to found this new phyletist Istanbul Church on the territory of the multinational Russian Orthodox Church in the Ukraine. They have duly been sacked from the Synod.

Thus, the ‘unifying’ Council of Kiev last December has not only divided the Ukraine into Christians (those with Metr Onufry of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church) and Non-Christians (those with the State-Church of Poroshenko and his ex-Communist oligarchs who have become Ukrainian chauvinists). More than this, Patriarch Bartholomew has divided his own Church. And beyond that he has divided the whole of the Orthodox Church, ensuring unless he repents that his name will go down in history with other unprayed-for apostates, like Arius and Nestorius. A tragedy.

So far, seven Local Churches, some 85% of the whole Orthodox Church (the Russian Church, the Serbian (although threatened by US support for Montenegrin and Macedonian chauvinism), the Bulgarian, the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Polish and the Czechoslovak), have sided with Orthodoxy.

The American game, dictated long ago by the dead Russophobe Brzezinski, quoted above, is to force the seven other Local Churches, the Romanian, the Georgian and the Greek-controlled Churches to side with Constantinople. In fact, these Churches are divided into Russian-supporting Orthodox and a motley group of Istanbul-supporting apostates – ecumenists, liberals, semi-Uniats, Greek phyletists, LGBT-supporters etc.

The next stage in the present American program is to foment Ukrainian-style separatism in Belarus, thus removing that territory too from the Russian Church. Then they want the nationalistic Patriarch of Romania, who was chosen and imposed by the US ambassador in Bucharest, will grab Moldova from the Russian Church, though the price of US support will be Romanian support for Constantinople. US meddling is also trying to get the Georgian Church, under its ailing Patriarch, to support its puppets in Constantinople.

The US also counts on the ethnic support of the poor, Greek-controlled colonial Churches (Greece, Alexandria, Cyprus, Albania, Jerusalem), on the principle that ‘blood is thicker than water’. But this support of petty nationalism will all cost US-taxpayer dollars. And the bankrupt US is in condition to do this. Nor are the Ukraine-supporting but Brexit-divided UK Establishment and bankrupt France, now ridden by nine weeks of popular and violent riots against its Rothschild President.

What will the outcome be? If this planned US assault on the Church of God and its planned Protestantization (= secularization), like the successful assault on Roman Catholicism in the early 1960, is successful, then we are talking about the end of the world. In that case, we are indeed witnessing the last years of human history. Do we despair? No, because there is a far more likely and also very optimistic outcome. This is that the lame duck of Constantinople will disappear with all its decadence, Uniatism and new calendarism into the dustbin of anachronistic history.

Then the Church of Greece, supported by the Orthodox remnants of Constantinople, will take over the Greek Diaspora, enabling long overdue inter-Orthodox co-operation in the Diaspora. Then the apostates in the other Local Churches will disappear into the sink-holes of secularism, like the two apostate bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Alexander Drabinko and Symeon of Vinnitsa.

Then the whole Church will be cleansed, purified of money-minded careerist apostates and crypto-Papist/Protestant ecumenists. They can leave with their dollar salaries from the US secret services. Good riddance. The Church will be healthier without them. Then the 220 million-strong Church, only one in thirty-five of the world population, can begin in earnest its real mission to the 7.5 billion of the Non-Orthodox world, a mission which has only just begun.