Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew says that only ignorant people oppose actions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
“They challenge what is considered sacred and right. They are ambitious and politically influenced but to no avail. Orthodox Ecclesiology and canonical order cannot be changed and no one can question them however brave he thinks he is,” Patriarch Bartholomew said, according to orthodoxtimes.com.
After accusing the opposition of pursuing own political goals, he claimed that the privileges and the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate must not be deemed as hegemonic trends and desire for power.
The interesting fact is that this statement went contrary to his own comments. Just recently Patriarch Bartholomew admitted that the so-called ‘independent’ Orthodox Church of Ukraine had been created as a tool of the geopolitical standoff in eastern Europe. He said that “for many years” religious and political “leaders of Ukraine” have been seeking to create an independent church, which was is “associated with democracy in the West than with a repressive regime in the East.”
Bartholomew added that he believes that the “mission” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is to encourage and enable the creation of such a church.
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