Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople continues its push in support of the ‘independent’ Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which was created by him and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with the support from the United States.
Over the past months, there have been multiple reports that Constantinople pressures canonical cuhrches in order to force them to recognize the non-canonic religious entity created by Patriarch Bartholomew in Ukraine. The Church of Greece was one of the key points of Constantinople’s pressure.
The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece met on August 26-28 to discuss the situation in Ukraine and declared that the Synod “recognizes the canonical right of the Ecumenical Patriarch to grant autocephaly.” It also stated that the Synod “privileges” him to “further address the issue of recognition.”
This tactical success became a demonstration that while the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is de-facto shrinking because of deep internal conflicts, its foreign backers still have enough influence to at least try to keep this entity alive. Further actions of Constantinople in this field would contribute to the creation of a public rift within the Orthodox World.
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