The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is slowly, but steadily losing its influence in the Orthodox World because of its political-motivated actions to support various non-canonic entities in eastern Europe and in the Balkans. Nonetheless, instead of ceasing destructive actions, Cosntantinople has decided to launch a propaganda campaign to support own influence and fight the opposition to its actions among canonic Orthodox churches.
On September 22, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew praised Archbishop Makarios of Australia describing him as a valuable and loyal associate. He congratulated Archbishop Makarios on his initiative to bring back the old tradition of pilgrimage visits from Australia to Constantinopole through the Holy Land and the Church of Saint Phocas.
“We live nowadays in a dark era as it concerns our Church. Our fellow-believers challenge the Patriarchate because some can’t accept that there is a First in the Orthodox Church. That is indeed a major problem,” Archbishop Makarios stressed.
Additionally, Patriarch Bartholomew welcomed Metropolitan Ioannis, the ruling bishop of the Langadas Metropolis of the Church of Greece and one of the few Greek Church officials supporting Constantinople’s actions in Ukraine.
“I congratulate personally and on behalf of the Mother Church on the bravery and courage on the Ukrainian church issue. Please, give him my delight, congratulations and best wishes,” Patriarch Bartholomew stressed.
It should be noted that despite such kind of statements, Constantinople has achieved little progress in promoting its project of ‘independent’ Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which was created from several non-canonic Western-backed organizations operating in the country. These actions cause a negative response among clergy and laity not involved in this political game.
On September 14, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it had approved a request of Archbishop Johann (Jean Renneteau) of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe to join the Russian Orthodox Church. According to the decision of the Holy Synod, the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriachate) accepted Archbishop Johann (Jean Renneteau) as well as all clerics and prayer congregations that would like to do so. Archbishop Johann will head the clercis and prayer congregations of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe that would join the Russian Orthodox Church.
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