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Orthodox World Splits Over ‘Ukraine Question’


Orthodox World Splits Over 'Ukraine Question'

Epiphanius (or Yepifaniy), the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, is pictured during his enthronement ceremony at the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv on Feb. 3, 2019. Photo: AFP

On October 12, the Extraordinary Council of Bishops of the Church of Greece held an extraordinary meeting and decided to recognize the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (OCU), the church news website Romfea.gr reported.

The Greek archbishop reportedly presented a report entitled “Information on the autocephalous church of Ukraine.” His proposal on the church of Ukraine was recognized and accepted by a majority of bishops. The Greek Orthodox Church explained the decision by the right of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to grant an autocephaly.

Following the decision by the synod, which is comprised of Greece’s 80 bishops, Greece’s Archbishop Ieronymos will henceforth mention the OCU head Epifanios during religious services along with other regional Orthodox leaders.

The move came after Ieronymos decided to extend a session of the Holy Synod that began on October 8. It was Ieronymos himself, who was pushing the idea to recognize the OCU.

The decision of the Greek Orthodox Church to recognize the OCU became a first success of Constantinople in its wide-scale effort to push forward the OCU project created with help of the United States and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The OCU was created as a political tool needed for its backers to expand their influence and financial wealth. In this situation, has been divided against itself because of a cosntant struggle for influence and control over money flows. Agressive actions of the OCU undrmine the concept of the Orthodox Church as a traditional religious system. In this situation, there has been no surprise in the fact that no Local Churches recognize the OCU.

Constantinople is fiercely working to change this in order to secure own crubmling influnece in the Orthodox World. It appears that the Greek Orthodox Church has fall under the pressure from Constantinople. In the future, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will likely focus on pressuring other Local Churches to force them to recognize the OCU. These agressive actions will apparently lead to a further split among the Orthodox Church.




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  • AleK

    What a shameful decision…

    • Hanny Benny

      also bad for Greece..

  • AM Hants

    Off topic, but, how did The Maidan start?

    Russia, threw out the NED, owing to being undesirable. Well they did fund, train and support Navalny. So who has taken over the US tax payer funded NED, over in Russia? The European Foundation For Democracy.

    The National Endowment for Democracy, which got thrown out of Russia, not only funded, trained and supported Navalny, but, they also set up base in Hong Kong. Back in 1996, when John Major decided he wanted a politican handig over to China and got his good mate and fellow Common Purpose Member, to become the Governor of Hong Kong. The CIA were operating in Hong Kong, around that time, but, had to be thrown out, owing to negative media coverage, so in came the NED. How many similar organisations, all funded by the tax payer, were set up at the time, including the various think tanks?

    Victoria Nuland, remember her over in Urkaine, and the Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Ukraine phone call? Well he has now moved over to Greece and look what a mess he is stirring up in Greece, just like what happened in Ukraine. Victoria Nuland, who sits on the Board of Directors of the tax payer funded NED and who is married to Robert Kagan, who was, together with Elliot Abrams and Bill Krystal set up the tax payer funded PNAC NGO. Elliot Abrams, the US Ambassador to Venezuela, who also sits on the Board of Directors of the NED. Along with Anne Applebaum, who is also a member of Integrity Initiative another tax payer funded NGO, who were set up to bring down Russia, but, over in the UK.

    So why on earth is Russia allowing the European Foundation for Democracy to get a foothold and carry on the work of the NED?

    The European Foundation for Democracy Is Preparing a Colour Revolution in Russia Through the Nemtsov Forum… https://www.stalkerzone.org/the-european-foundation-for-democracy-is-preparing-a-colour-revolution-in-russia-through-the-nemtsov-forum/

    It will not be long will the EFD tries to start taking control of the Russian Orthodox Church, if Ukraine, Greece and Cyprus are anything to go by.

  • AM Hants

    Slightly off topic, but, well worth reading.

    Ukrainian Oligarch Connected to Burisma, the Bidens and Billions in Missing US and IMF Funds – Reportedly Has Suspicious Connections to Arrest of Giuliani’s Associates… https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/10/ukrainian-oligarch-connected-to-burisma-the-bidens-and-billions-in-missing-us-and-imf-funds-reportedly-has-suspicious-connections-to-arrest-of-giulianis-associates/

  • AM Hants

    Off topic, but, same crowd involved.

    The UK media are freaking out, with regards a football match, between England and Bulgaria, which was held in Bulgaria. The problem, some supporters, loyal to the Nazis, objecting to some of the English team. Yet, the same media, completely ignore the Nazis, operating in full public view, over in Ukraine.

    This German political scientist explains it perfectly, followed by another article that made me laugh. Going back to ‘Russia Gate’ and who were behind it, including Ukraine and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Looks like the books are coming out, just in time for the 2020 Presidential Campaign.

    “German Political Scientist Alexander Rahr Comments on the Ukrainian Prime Minister’s Visit to a Nazi Rock Concert”… https://www.stalkerzone.org/german-political-scientist-alexander-rahr-comments-on-the-ukrainian-prime-ministers-visit-to-a-nazi-rock-concert/


    Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson Reveals He Was Hired to Investigate Trump in “Fall of 2015” – Claims Memos From Steele Dossier Made Their Way ‘Directly to Obama’… https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/10/fusion-gpss-glenn-simpson-reveals-he-was-hired-to-investigate-trump-in-fall-of-2015-claims-memos-from-steele-dossier-made-their-way-directly-to-obama/