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The End of an Era

The Rue Daru Exarchate, composed of a few largely Moldovan parishes in Paris and a few dozen tiny communities of converts by and large without their own properties scattered mainly through France, Benelux and England, has today been dissolved by the Phanar. Over ninety years of history since Rue Daru broke away from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia have thus cruelly ended.

Founded largely by aristocratic and intellectual traitors to the Tsar from Saint Petersburg, the surprise is that this anti-Russian and anti-monastic group has survived so long. Nearly four generations on, with its last Russian bishop dying in 1981 and without monasteries, it was clear that it would come to depend on widowers and celibates from Roman Catholicism, such as its present Archbishop from Bordeaux. Rue Daru’s failure to return to the Russian Church, when freedom gradually came in the two decades after the collapse of atheist rule in the former Russian Empire in 1991 was lamentable.

However, as long ago as 1966, the then rector of the St Sergius Institute, Fr Alexey Knyazev, went to the Phanar and asked if the Patriarch was really the ‘Oecumenical’ Patriarch or ‘just a petty Balkan bishop’. Today he has received his answer. Fr Alexey and other real Orthodox, worthies like Bishop Methodius (Kulmann) and Fr Igor Vernik, had already understood in the 1960s and 1970s that the Rue Daru group could only survive spiritually if it returned to the Russian Mother Church, becoming the basis of a new Local Metropolia in Western Europe.

I understood it thirty years ago in 1988, when Rue Daru’s then ex-Catholic German Archbishop George (Wagner) categorically and suicidally rejected any plan to establish the foundation for a new Local Church of Western Europe faithful to the Russian Orthodox Tradition, and even invited the Papal Cardinal of Paris to celebrations of a millennium of Russian Orthodoxy at Rue Daru instead of Russian bishops! This was of course the last straw. As late as 2003, even the naive Archbishop Sergey (Konovalov) understood this, but it was all tragically too late.

Thus, the end had long been inevitable. For Rue Daru and its tiny group that inevitably broke away from the Russian Church in England in 2006 in the notorious Sourozh Schism, going against history and faithfulness, there is now only one choice: Die out under ‘the superior Greek race’ or else return to the Russian Tradition (which the latter has never had, despite its illusions to the contrary) and also return to the Orthodox calendar by returning to obedience to the Russian Orthodox Church. As we said 12 years ago, you cannot be of the Russian Orthodox Tradition, or even know it, even less understand it, when you refuse to be part of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is not theology, this is common sense! To think otherwise is spiritual delusion – prelest.

In Paris all now depends on whom properties belong to. Elsewhere, there is freedom to return to communion with the canonical Orthodox Church from the Phanariot schismatics, their ecumenism and phyletism and liturgical deviations.

The end of Rue Daru is a warning to all its imitators, not only in the USA, but also to those liberals in Moscow who fell to the Paris School of Philosophy (there never was any Theology here). You follow them and this is how you too will die out.

Told you so.

 

After the Phanariot Schism the Pastoral Crisis Intensifies in the Diaspora

Today in the Ukraine, the CIA-trained, Kiev-regime secret police, the much-feared SBU, is summoning Ukrainian Orthodox bishops one by one to its headquarters for ‘a conversation’. The old KGB techniques and torture chambers may be used again, in case the bishops decide not to go over to the Phanariot schism. Ex-Patriarch Bartholomew will have blood on his hands, just like the US and the EU, which first created the bloody coup and bankrupt regime, which is propped up in Kiev by IMF (= US) money.

However, apart from in the Ukraine, the fact that the three million-strong Patriarchate of Constantinople under financial pressure (the $25 million dollars paid to it by the US administration) has broken away from the 164 million-strong Russian Orthodox Church has had little effect in the Russian Federation and Eastern Europe. But in the Diaspora there is a huge effect. Virtually every day we pastors are confronted with the catastrophic consequences: Where can I go to church and take communion now?

Russian, English and other Orthodox who used to rely on the many Greek Churches can no longer receive the sacraments there and are looking for alternatives. In England a whole ex-Russian, now Constantinople, convent/monastery has fallen away from the Church and is now out of communion with us. Conscious, non-phyletist and spiritually free Orthodox do not want to be in communion with the anathematized and defrocked former KGB Denisenko, in an affair of corruption.

Two priests and hundreds of people have already left Constantinople, but far more want to leave. They would leave, but they have nowhere near to go: they need new parishes, using the Orthodox calendar and also new buildings. And here we see all the consequences of historic incompetence, laziness and pastoral neglect of the flock. The decades of refusal by the Russian Church to meet the needs of the faithful in the past (‘they can go to the Greeks’) sound even more inadequate today.

There are those who need to stop persecuting pastors and support us. It is time to stop the attachment to a very few small if splendid church-buildings and pay attention to souls. It is all very well to say that the Russian Orthodox faithful are not to attend churches of the schismatic Patriarchate of Constantinople, but quite another to provide them with alternative churches and care. Here, just in the White Russian East of England, we need nine more priests, as we have been calling out for all this time, ignored.

Actions speak louder than words. The failures of the diplomats of the Church in Moscow, who preferred to celebrate in Phanariot churches instead of in ours, are clear. However, they can be made up for now by at last showing faithfulness and setting up the infrastructure of the network of churches which we neglected pastors in the Diaspora have been struggling unaided to set up for so many decades. Europe, the Americas, Oceania and so many worldwide await. Old sins do indeed cast long shadows….

 

A Gogolian Farce is Played Out in the Ukraine

Archbishop Job Getcha, the very young and inexperienced Canadian reject by  the tiny Rue Daru group in Paris, has now been selected as the head of the new Phanariot ‘Church’ in the Ukraine. Well-known as an ecumenist, he is also notorious for his  behaviour in Paris (the photographs have long been on the internet) and for his tyranny. However, he is the darling of the Canadian Secret Services, a northern branch of the CIA, and now has to create a Church under the rigid control of his  US-appointed Patriarch in Istanbul and the US-appointed President, the Uniat billionaire Poroshenko/Waltzman.

With a flock of two (a schismatic defrocked former KGB agent and self-appointed married ‘patriarch’, together with a schismatic ‘metropolitan’) and a single church building handed over to him by the Kiev State regime, Archbishop Job Getcha has ordered all bishops in the Ukraine to obey him! An authority-less authoritarian, this young Canadian academic will now learn about reality. Instead of uniting the three small regional nationalist schismatic groups in the Ukraine (three because we count the pro-Fascist Uniats, also based in ex-Poland in the far west of the contemporary Ukraine) with the huge canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Istanbul has now simply founded a fourth schism.

Here is yet another result of the century-old interference of Istanbul in the canonical territories and affairs of other Local Churches, from Finland to Estonia, from Poland to Czechoslovakia, from Paris to New York, from Bulgaria to Greece, from Serbia to Russia…It would be funny if it were not tragic…

 

Insanity Grips the Phanar: The Way Ahead

Usually, a new Local Church comes into being many years after its founding saints and by the popular consent of the local people of God. However, today one has been born in Istanbul by the signatures of the much-disputed but US-backed Uniat President of the genocidal regime in the Ukraine and a Turkish citizen who appears to be in the grip of insanity. All this is against the will of the clergy and the people. What the Turkish Sultan Erdogan, who two years ago survived a US attempt to assassinate him only thanks to Russian help, thinks, we do not know. The latest from Istanbul is that this tiny group of individuals is thinking of taking back the autocephaly of the other Local Churches (presumably not that of today), granted hundreds of years ago!

Where do we go from this insanity?

Perhaps the Patriarch of the Phanar will die and then the Phanar will repent for its  madness. Perhaps, more likely, after a time of the Phanariot schism, a Council will be called, Patriarch Bartholomew and his anti-Church papist ideology anathematized, and the whole Church can continue under the leadership of the Russian part (75% of the whole) together with the closest co-operation of the other Twelve Local Churches, the title of ‘Constantinople’ passing to the Archbishop of Athens. If only there were a Tsar to call that Council….In the meantime the Church will continue…

Pope Hildebrand (Gregory VII) and Bartholomew of Istanbul

 

Dictatus papae is a compilation of 27 heretical statements of powers arrogated to the Pope of Rome and included in Pope Gregory VII’s register in the year 1075:

  1. The Roman Church was founded solely by God.
  2. Only the Pope can with right be called “Universal”.
  3. He alone can depose or reinstate bishops.
  4. All bishops are below his Legate in council, even if a lower grade, and he can pass sentence of deposition against them.
  5. The Pope may depose the absent.
  6. Among other things, we ought not to remain in the same house with those excommunicated by him.
  7. For him alone is it lawful, according to the needs of the time, to make new laws, to assemble together new congregations, to make an abbey of a canonry, and, on the other hand, to divide a rich bishopric and unite the poor ones.
  8. He alone may use the Imperial Insignia.
  9. All princes shall kiss the feet of the Pope alone.
  10. His name alone shall be spoken in the churches.
  11. This is the only name in the world.
  12. It may be permitted to him to depose emperors.
  13. It may be permitted to him to transfer bishops, if need be.
  14. He has the power to ordain the clerk of any parish he wishes.
  15. He who is ordained by the Pope may preside over another church, but may not hold a subordinate position. Such a person may not receive a higher clerical grade from any other bishop.
  16. No synod shall be called a ‘General Synod’ without his order.
  17. No chapter and no book shall be considered canonical without his authority.
  18. A sentence passed by him may be retracted by no one. He alone may retract it.
  19. He himself may be judged by no one.
  20. No one shall dare to condemn any person who appeals to the Apostolic Chair.
  21. The more important cases of every church should be referred to the Apostolic See.
  22. The Roman Church has never erred. Nor will it err, to all eternity–Scripture being witness.
  23. The Roman Pontiff, if he has been canonically ordained, is undoubtedly made a saint by the merits of St. Peter, St. Ennodius Bishop of Pavia bearing witness, and many holy fathers agreeing with him. As it is contained in the decrees of Pope St. Symmachus.
  24. By his command and consent, it may be lawful for subordinates to bring accusations.
  25. He may depose and reinstate bishops without assembling a Synod.
  26. He who is not at peace with the Roman Church shall not be considered ‘catholic’.
  27. He may absolve subjects from their fealty to wicked men.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictatus_papae

Here, nearly 950 years later, is the  speech of the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, a graduate of the Gregorian University in Rome, started in 1551 by the founder of the Jesuits, and a well-known lover of and concelebrant with the Papacy, made at the Council of the Archbishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, held in Istanbul on September 1-4, 2018. His speech was not disputed by any bishop of the Church of Constantinople and was even met with general approval:

  1. The Ecumenical Patriarchate is, for Orthodoxy, a leaven “which leavens the whole lump” (cf. Gal. 5.9) of the Church and of history.”
  1. As the First Throne of Orthodoxy, the Ecumenical Patriarchate exercises a prophetic ministry, extending the mystery of the Catholic Church in Christ Jesus throughout the world in each era.”
  1. In the beginning was the Word . . . in him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1.1,4) The beginning of the Orthodox Church is the Ecumenical Patriarchate; “in this is life, and the life is the light of the Churches.” The late Metropolitan Kyrillos of Gortyna and Arcadia, a beloved Hierarch of the Mother Church and personal friend, was right to underline that “Orthodoxy cannot exist without the Ecumenical Patriarchate.”
  1. …the Ecumenical Patriarchate … enjoys canonical jurisdiction and all apostolic privileges in its responsibility for safeguarding the unity and communion of the local Churches but also for the overall journey of Orthodoxy in the contemporary world and history. In this spirit, as President of the body of Orthodoxy, the Ecumenical Patriarch convened the Holy and Great Council in Crete in June 2016, the greatest ecclesiastical event in recent years.”
  1. The Ecumenical Patriarchate bears the responsibility of setting matters in ecclesiastical and canonical order because it alone has the canonical privilege as well as the prayer and blessing of the Church and the Ecumenical Councils to carry out this supreme and exceptional duty as a nurturing Mother and birth-giver of Churches. If the Ecumenical Patriarchate denies its responsibility and removes itself from the inter-Orthodox scene, then the local Churches will proceed “as sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9.36), expending their energy in ecclesiastical initiatives that conflate the humility of faith and the arrogance of power.”
  1. …We imagine that all of the Hierarchs serving within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Throne know very well that the 4th Ecumenical Council, among other decisions, honored the exceptional privilege of “the right to appeal” (ekkliton) of the Throne of Constantinople with the decrees of its 9thand 17th Canons. Numerous instances of the exercise of this right to appeal by Hierarchs and clergy of other jurisdictions have been recorded through the centuries in the historical journey of the Mother Church. Worthy of mention here is the determination of the canonist Miodrag Petrovic, that “the Archbishop of Constantinople alone has the privilege to judge and adjudicate conflicts of bishops, clergy and metropolitans of other patriarchs.” (Nomocanon on the 14 Titles and the Byzantine Commentators, p. 206).”
  1. The right reverend Bishop Kyrillos of Abydos, Professor at the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, a devout scholar of the written and spoken word, will address the unique privilege of the Church of Constantinople to receive the appeal of Hierarchs and clergy seeking refuge from all local Orthodox Churches in his presentation, entitled “The Privilege of Eccliton (Right to Appeal): Historical, Canonical and Theological Perspectives.” We gladly await his analysis of this subject…”

 

 

PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW USES THE LANGUAGE OF ETHNOPHYLETISM

Posted by Fr Peter Heers:
“THE SLAVS REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE PRECEDENCE OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE AND ‘OUR RACE’.”
What is very interesting and apparent in this article is that the Patriarch is clearly using the language of ethnophyletism to support his case. He speaks against “the Slavs” and talks about the rights of the Patriarchate and therefore of the Greek race:
<< δεν ανέχονται οι αδελφοί μας οι Σλάβοι, το προβάδισμα που έχει το Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο και κατά συνέπεια το γένος μας, μέσα στη παγκόσμια Ορθοδοξία >>
Trans.: Our brothers the Slavs do not tolerate the precedence which the Ecumenical Patriarchate possesses, and consequently our race, within Worldwide Orthodoxy.”
See the video for the full speech:
Later on, in the video, the Patriarch seems to confirm the impression that he is identifying Romiosini with Hellenism, thus denying that it is multi-ethnic with only Orthodoxy being a non-negotiable, when he uses the term φυλή as synonymous with γένος (see: the 4:45 marker and thereafter).
Someone needs to write an article about the truth of Romiosini: that it was mult-ethnic, that there were Patriarchs and emperors who were not from the Tribe of the “Greeks”. . .
In this context, it is interesting to note that as late as 1802 and thereabouts writers like St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite and St. Arsenios of Paros are still using the term “Greek” to mean . . .idol worshipper/pagan. Certainly they did not identify “Hellenism” with Romiosini.
Greek Text:
Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος: Μαύρη καλοπληρωμένη προπαγάνδα των Ρώσων για το Ουκρανικό
Σκληρή απάντηση στο Πατριαρχείο Ρωσίας έδωσε ο Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος, σε συνεστίαση στη Κωνσταντινούπολη για την συμπλήρωση 27 ετών από την άνοδο του στον Οικουμενικό θρόνο.
Ο Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος είπε μεταξύ άλλων: «Το οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο για να επιλύσει το ουκρανικό εκκλησιαστικό θέμα, προβάλλει τα προνόμια και τα δικαιώματα που έχει από τους κανόνες των Οικουμενικών Συνόδων. Αυτοί οι κανόνες των Οικουμενικών συνόδων και μάλιστα της 4ης Οικουμενικής Συνόδου της Χαλκηδόνος, που δίνει τα συγκεκριμένα προνόμια στο Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο, είναι δεσμευτικοί για όλη την Ορθοδοξία. Είτε αρέσει στους φίλους μας τους Ρώσους είτε δεν αρέσει, αργά ή γρήγορα θα ακολουθήσουν την λύση που θα δώσει το Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο, διότι δεν έχουν άλλη επιλογή».
Ο Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος, αναφέρθηκε σε άρθρο του συγγραφέα Αλεξάνδρου Μασσαβέτα, στο διαδικτυακό περιοδικό inside story, ο οποίος είχε σημειώσει πως το εκκλησιαστικό Brexit της Μόσχας θα αποβεί μπούμεραγκ για τη Ρωσία.
Ο Πατριάρχης δήλωσε συγκινημένος από την επισήμανση και την υιοθέτησε πλήρως λέγοντας πως «όλες οι εξελίξεις του θέματος είναι υπέρ υμών». Σημείωσε πως υπάρχουν και άρθρα τα οποία βεβαίως «θα είναι και καλοπληρωμένα από τους Ρώσους». Όπως είπε: «η μαύρη προπαγάνδα των Ρώσων έχει ως αντικείμενο – θέμα κατ΄ αυτούς, γιατί εμείς δεν είμαστε θύμα ποτέ – το Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο, διότι δεν ανέχονται οι αδελφοί μας οι Σλάβοι, το προβάδισμα που έχει το Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο και κατά συνέπεια το γένος μας, μέσα στη παγκόσμια Ορθοδοξία». Ο πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος είπε ότι «προσπαθούμε με καθημερινό αγώνα να κρατήσουμε αυτά τα προνόμια και αυτά τα δίκαια, με τα οποία στεφάνωσε η πρόνοια του Θεού, δια των αποφάσεων των Οικουμενικών Συνόδων, τον πάνσεπτο Οικουμενικό Θρόνο, την πρωτόθρονη Οικουμενική Εκκλησία της Ορθοδοξίας».
Σε σχέση με κάποια επικριτικά δημοσιεύματα για τον χειρισμό του ουκρανικού ζητήματος, ο Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος είπε πως «ο Θεός μας έδωσε δύο αυτιά, το ένα από δω και το άλλο από εκεί», από το ένα να βάζουμε και από το άλλο να βγάζουμε.

Could There Be a Schism in the Church?

At the present time, there are those who fear a schism in the Ukraine. However, there can never be schisms in the Church, only schisms away from the Church; the Church is never divided, but groups can fall away from Her, losing Her grace. We can at once identify three schisms in history, all of which took place for nationalistic reasons.

Roman Catholicism

This was an invention of the Western European elite developed in the eleventh century, though it had already been prefigured at the very end of the eighth century under the Teutonic tyrant Charlemagne. Essentially it was an attempt by Western European barbarians to usurp the Church and replace the Mystery of Christ with provincial Roman pagan rationalism. In order to justify their schism, they invented with their rationalism a new and heretical doctrine about God. Amazingly, many fell for this myth, even to this day believing in it as part of their ‘European’ racial ‘superiority’.

Uniatism

First spread in the seventeenth century, though invented a few years earlier, this was an attempt to make out that you can still be an Orthodox Christian under the heretical Bishop of Rome. It attracted only those on the western fringes of Orthodox Civilization, who could be oppressed and bribed and who were so ignorant and superficial that they thought that Christianity is a mere ritual.

Ukrainian Nationalism

Invented for imperialistic reasons at the end of the nineteenth century by Roman Catholic Austro-Hungary, this was a purely political method of flattering an ethnic group into believing that they had their own religious identity, neither Roman Catholic nor Orthodox Christian. It was later used by Fascist Germany to massacre Jews and then by the Fascist United States, again for imperialistic reasons, to try to undermine and destroy multinational Holy Rus. This myth attracts only those for whom Christ has no importance, but their folklore does.

Every schism is tragic and only individuals return and then with difficulty. It is quite different from a division. This is temporary and occurs only for political reasons – such as the division between the Church inside Russia and the Church outside Russia between 1927 and 2007. Everything that is possible must therefore be done to avert a schism.

 

Some Misconceptions About What is Now Happening in the Ukraine

The threatened invasion of Russian Orthodox canonical territory by the US-controlled Phanar (Patriarchate of Constantinople) is, as one would expect, being misrepresented by the anti-Orthodox, US-controlled Western media. What is the truth?

Incorrect: The secular media present the Orthodox Church as an exotic branch of the Vatican, controlled by its ‘head’, the Patriarch of Constantinople, and with 300 million faithful.

Correct: The Orthodox Church is a family or confederation of 14 Local and independent Churches, numbering 218 million, of whom three-quarters, 164 million, belong to the multinational Russian Orthodox Church, whose canonical territory is over one fifth of the world. The Orthodox Church has nothing to do with the Vatican and its grave errors, about which the whole world now knows.

Incorrect: The Orthodox Church is divided, half against half, Russian versus Greek.

Correct: It is thirteen Local Churches against the Phanar, 215 million for canonicity (and so for Russia) and 3 million for the Phanar (but, in reality, many of those three million also support Russia).

Incorrect: The Ukrainian Orthodox people are pleading with the Phanar to grant their Church independence from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Correct: Such a plea does not come from the Ukrainian peoples (more than one people lives in the artificially-constituted ‘Ukraine’). They already have their own autonomous and universally-recognized canonical Church, which actually has a quarter (not a half) of the churches of the whole Russian Orthodox Church. It comes from a regional, anti-Orthodox, US-backed clique of corrupt oligarchs. They came to power through a violent, illegitimate and foreign-backed coup d’etat against the democratically-elected Ukrainian government. Fighting an interminable civil war and committing atrocities against its own peoples, of whom it has already massacred 10,000, this junta is supported by only 8% of Ukrainians.

Incorrect: The Phanar is fighting for the national rights of the Ukraine.

Correct: The Phanar is guilty of the heresy of phyletism (racist nationalism), creating a schism in the Church.

Incorrect: The Phanar is acting in an Orthodox manner.

Correct: The Phanar is disobeying the fundamental canons of the Church, which maintain that no Church has the right to interfere in the affairs of another Church. The Phanar has over the last 100 years sown division all around the world, stealing the flocks (in the absence of its own and its refusal to do missionary work) of the Greek, Cypriot and Russian Churches, so interfering in other Churches’ affairs, even backing schismatic modernists in the 1920s in Russia against the persecuted Patriarch, St Tikhon. It has changed the Orthodox calendar, deformed the liturgy, collaborated anti-canonically with the Pope of Rome (who has just visited the Baltic States in a two-pronged Russophobic attack against the Russian Church), set itself up as an ‘Orthodox Papacy’ (a contradiction in terms), even trying to force through an ‘Orthodox Vatican Two’ in Crete in 2016, against the will of the Churches, even forging signatures on documents.

Incorrect: The Russian Church behaved no better because nearly fifty years ago it set up an autocephalous Church in North America, called the OCA. This is only what the Phanar is now doing in the Ukraine.

Correct: The situation in the USA has never been the same as in the Ukraine. For over 325 years the Ukraine has been the unchallenged canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church, as no other Orthodox lived there except for Russian Orthodox. As regards North America, the first Orthodox there were Russian Orthodox, since part of North America, Alaska, was part of the Russian Empire, which spanned three continents. Moreover, until 1918 all Orthodox of all nationalities, native Inuit, Carpathians, Greeks, Syrians and Serbs, were all part of the Russian Orthodox Church and North America was considered to be part of the canonical territory of the Russian Church.

The fact is that what is happening in the Ukraine is purely political, part of the new globalist Cold War against Russia, which is resisting the preparations for the coming of Antichrist and which therefore the powers of this world want to destroy.

Greek Metropolitan calls on Patriarch Bartholomew to repent and stop his schism

POSTED BY: NEWSMAKER 17.09.2018

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Starostambulsky

Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira  and Antikythira of the Greek Orthodox Church has said that the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople have led to a schism in Orthodoxy and urged him to repent and to cease causing a schism.

The President of the Ukraine, Petro Waltzman, is trying to obtain the recognition of anti-canonical religious structures and so create a schismatic church in the Ukraine, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Patriarchate of Constantinople had previously reported that ‘in preparation for the granting of autocephaly’ it had appointed its North American Exarchs to Kiev.

The Synod of the Russian Church on Friday declared ‘a break in diplomatic relations’ with the Patriarchate of Constantinople after it had appointed its Exarchs to the Ukraine, which has always been on the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate. In particular, it decided to cease commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I during Patriarchal services and in structures, presided over by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The persistence of Patriarch Bartholomew in providing the schismatics in the Ukraine with autocephaly has led to sad results. The Patriarch of Constantinople, instead of playing with the Pope of Rome, should express his repentance, reads the statement of the Metropolitan, the text of which is available to RIA Novosti.

‘I was deeply saddened on hearing about the break in communion of the Patriarchate of Russia with the Patriarchate. These sad and disastrous results come from the insistence of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian schismatics who are separated from our Holy Orthodox Church, that is, from all the Orthodox Patriarchates and Local Orthodox Churches and constitute only a small minority of the Ukrainian people’, he said in his statement.

Metropolitan Seraphim recalled that until recently the Patriarchate of Constantinople recognized only the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the leadership of Metropolitan Onufry.

‘Now he for his own reasons wants to give autocephaly to the schismatics in the Ukraine and revise the sacred order and the canonical Orthodox Church in the Ukraine, which is recognized by not only the Russian Orthodox Church, but by all the other Local Orthodox Churches’, the document says.

‘The schismatics, as we know, are not the Church, and communion with them is forbidden by the Divine and Holy Canons, Apostolic and Ecumenical Councils. What then is the perseverance of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in recognizing schismatics as an Autocephalous Church? To provoke splits and divisions in the One, Universal and Apostolic Church of Christ?’ he asked in the statement.

Metropolitan Seraphim said that many of the troubles were caused and provoked by the decisions of the meeting held in Crete in June 2016.

The Metropolitan criticized the recent decision of the Synod of the Constantinople Church to allow remarried priests under certain conditions.

Instead of praying together, as organized recently with the Pope of Rome and the leaders and representatives of other Christian communities and faiths, which are not only not helpful, but seriously insulting to Orthodox Christians, he should repent and return to the Universal Orthodox Christian world ‘to the Holy Faith’, to the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles and the Holy Fathers, the Ecumenical Councils of the Church, and in general to our Orthodox Tradition’, he said in the statement.

‘We know from St. John Chrysostom that «the sin of schism is not washed away even by the blood of martyrs’, said the Metropolitan of Kythira.