Daily Archives: January 24, 2019

The Phanar Ever More Isolated

 

Having taken on the schismatic, the defrocked, the anathematized, the non-consecrated and the plainly criminal in the Ukraine, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has isolated itself from World Orthodoxy. So far seven of the fourteen universally recognized Orthodox Churches, the Churches of Russia, Antioch, Jerusalem, Serbia, Poland, Cyprus and the Czech Lands and Slovakia, have condemned the actions of Constantinople outright. The Church of Bulgaria is almost certain to do the same and various individual bishops in the Churches of Georgia and Greece have already spoken out against Constantinople, as has the latter’s own Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). Only the Churches of Romania, Alexandria and Albania remain strangely silent, sitting on the fence for the moment.

So it is still looking like thirteen against one in the World Orthodox Church. Meanwhile in Moscow, the Russian Church is preparing an Inter-Orthodox meeting on the situation in February. What is to be done? The first thing which has to be admitted is that this whole situation has come about through individual bishops in Constantinople involving themselves in geopolitics, seeking power and money above the Kingdom of God, which they have not sought first. Their gross disobedience to the Words of Christ in the Gospels has led to their disobedience to the canons and thus to division. The solution must surely lie in returning to the Gospels and the Apostolic Canons, to the pre-Constantinople age of the Church, to Jerusalem.

For the past position and role of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Church only ever came about for secular reasons in the fourth century, because that city was then the capital of the Roman Empire. And this was later betrayed and ended ignominiously in 1453. Since Constantinople has for long not been an Orthodox city or the capital of anywhere, let us return to reality. Since Constantinople is irrelevant and has been for over 550 years, the Church today should surely return to the spirit of Jerusalem, which is the source of Constantinople and indeed of all Patriarchates, Councils and all apostolic succession. If this is done, then we can hope to see, instead of petty nationalist politicking, worldliness and infighting, the Oneness, Holiness, Catholicity and Apostolicity of the Worldwide Orthodox Church. For this we pray to the Holy Spirit, Who inspires the prophets and the New Jerusalem.

 

The End of Rue Daru

The ‘dissolution’ of the tiny Rue Daru group, centred in Paris, was announced by Patriarch Bartholomew on 27 November 2018. This closure was probably in revenge for the group’s quite recent refusal to obey the Patriarchally-appointed Archbishop Job Getcha. In any case it has brought forth extraordinary reactions from within that group. These reactions are patterned by outright disobedience and total incomprehension of how the Church works, that is, by obedience to bishops, and not to ‘human rights’ and ‘Western secular democratic values’ etc.

References by Rue Daru to its right to the Kerensky-conditioned 1917-18 Moscow Council wash with no-one, since the freemason Kerenesky was an anti-Church figure. Indeed, his first task after the Western-backed aristocratic coup d’etat in Saint Petersburg in March 1917 was to interfere in Russian Church life. Notably, he at once uncanonically deposed the saintly and anti-masonic Metropolitans of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. The Rue Daru authorities, descendants of the selfsame Saint Petersburg aristocrats and their followers, have themselves written to Patriarch Bartholomew and stated that they refuse to obey until their ‘democratic’ Diocesan Assembly on 23 February 2019. See: https://orthodoxyindialogue.com/2019/01/23/letter-to-patriarch-bartholomew-from-orthodox-churches-of-russian-tradition-in-western-europe/

Naturally, in obedience to their Patriarch, local Greek bishops have demanded that the former Russian parishes of Rue Daru go under their jurisdiction. Notably in Italy, the aggressive local Greek bishop has suspended the Russian priests in Rome and San Remo (which has since like Florence joined ROCOR) for refusing to commemorate him and has demanded the keys to their historic heritage properties. This reflects the situation in the Ukraine where the Church is also being persecuted by a Constantinople-founded nationalist organization. This State organization basically has no properties or followers, but is stealing properties from the canonical Church by violence and calling itself ‘The Orthodox Church in the Ukraine’ to try and attract followers.

Phyletist but tiny Constantinople has set out on a course of grabbing property – since free souls, whose interest is spiritual life, will not follow it and are not interested in its power-hungry machinations. We can assume that Greek bishops will claim property in the same way elsewhere, notably in Paris, where there is more Rue Daru real estate. Rue Daru has played into Greek hands by informing Constantinople of the 23 February meeting, since Constantinople now knows that all it has to do is act before 23 February, suspending anyone it wants in Rue Daru, including Archbishop Jean.

The solution is simple. It is for Rue Daru to return to the Russian Orthodox Church and so at last start learning the Russian Orthodox Tradition. However, this has always been highly unlikely, given the Russophobia of those in Paris descended from the very aristocrats who carried out the coup d’etat in 1917 and overthrew the saintly Tsar, destroying free Russia and handing it over to genocidal Non-Russian and anti-Russian Marxists.

At present, the tiny Rue Daru Establishment, always with the same megalomaniac Parisian fantasy that it is somehow important, at the centre of the Orthodox world (!) or even the only canonical Orthodox Church in the world (!), is looking to set itself up as some sort of sectarian ‘independent’ Orthodox Church. For clearly the other ideas, that it could go under the OCA in North America is canonically and geographically a fantasy and the idea that the US-controlled Romanian Church would want to take on Rue Daru temporarily until it can find a better solution (!), are to be dismissed.

The 1980s nightmare of the late Rue Daru Archbishop George Wagner, that he would be abandoned by Constantinople, has come true. So what are the very limited choices facing today’s Rue Daru?

  1. To obey the Church of Constantinople and accept the dissolution of Rue Daru, with its assimilation into Greek parishes. This means that it will fall out of communion with the Russian Orthodox Church, but this is at least a logical proposition.
  2. To return to the Russian Orthodox Church, either the part centred in Moscow or else the part centred in New York (as did the parish in Florence last year), since Rue Daru has at various times in history been part of both of them. This proposition is both logical and also historical.
  3. To become a tiny, ageing and uncanonical Church, with a few properties scattered throughout Western Europe, no seminary and one 75-year old bishop who speaks only French, and be unrecognized by any Orthodox Church on earth. This is illogical. However, Rue Daru has never acted according to logic, but only according to fantasy.