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Conflicts in the Orthodox Ecumenical Council

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bartholomewA fierce conflict between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchate of Moscow, that may lead to a new schism, threatens the forthcoming Orthodox Ecumenical Council.

The reason is the effort of the Russian Church to degrade the primacy of Constantinople in the orthodox world and to expand in China and Japan.

This expansive strategy has clear political extensions of geopolitical character, with the assistance of president Poutin.

Patriarch Bartholomew reacted intensely, sending a letter to the Patriarch of Moscow, Cyrillus, and two others, of informative character to Archbishop Ieronymos.

According to the letter to Cyrillus, the facts that caused the reaction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are: the suppression of the contribution of the church of Constaninople to the christianization of Kievan Rus, the degradation of the Patriarchate’s delegation, the improper enhancement of the “autocephalous” Orthodox Church in America, and the unannounced presentation of a text that disapproved the violence in the Middle East. This had already happened in 2011, at the Council of high-ranking Bishops of Orthodox Churches of the Middle East, in Phanari.

The interest of the Russian Church for proselytism in China and Japan is not only religious, but also political. The text concerning the violence in Middle East is included in that framework.

It seems that the Tsaric subconscious comes to the surface, connected to the old theory of  “Third Rome” and this, despite being refuted, consists the main target. The opulent grand events contribute to the gold wrapping.

All the above have already caused serious side-effects. Most important of which, is the danger of cancellation of the Orthodox Ecumenical Council.

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  • dcalvert

    How long is the Russian patriarch going to continue to put up with these adolescent tantrums from this moribund bishopric?

    Patriarch Kyrill should lose the Fanar’s telephone number.

  • Gregory Walker Levitsky

    “the old theory of ‘Third Rome’ and this, despite being refuted…”

    And when did this “refutation” happen? When you decided it hurt your feelings? The Ecumenical Patriarch can assume leadership of the world’s Orthodox Christians when he 1) has an actual Church to lead (he’s not even in charge in Greece!) and 2) repudiates his pro-abortion remarks.

    Until then, we’ll stick with Moscow, thanks.

  • Nico DAgris

    Perhaps the Russian Orthodox are trying to counteract Jesuit/Vatican influence in China. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH9OLsSB3i8

  • Ιωσήφ

    There are two problems with the article:

    1. The way it is written.

    2. The stance of the Patriarch/ate.

    The letter you write of refers to events that took place in Russia weeks ago. There is no reference to the work of the Russian Church in Japan or China in that letter. On what basis are you claiming that this is a problem or that it is “proselytism”?
    Furthermore, the Church in Japan is self-governing and has been for a long time. The same with the Church in China. Suddenly, the Patriarchate has awoken from its century old slumber to scream bloody murder and claim billion-strong China for itself – when the Russian Church sent missionaries there centuries ago? You do jest, right?

    With regard to the Patriarchate’s stance generally, the real issue with the so-called “Ecumenical Council” that the masons in the Phanar have been planning for decades is not Russian imperialism but Phanariote cacodoxy! This Patriarch preaches “another Gospel”, a masonic one, which St. Paul expressly told us to reject straightaway. This is because he speaks of a Church which is divided (“Is Christ divided”) and a Church which is “wounded” or less than holy (for it includes heresy and delusion when it includes Rome).

    While the rest of Orthodox may not be thrilled with Russian imperialism, we are far less tolerant of the Phanar playing with our Faith, preaching that which is contrary to the Symbol of Faith (“In ONE, HOLY, Catholic and Apostolic Church).

  • Apotheoun

    The Ecumenical Patriarchate’s “grievances” sound pretty petty to me.

  • Framarais

    WHO NEEDS A 3rd ROME!! Wasn’t one enough! We are not here as Christians to create EMPIRES! Our city is the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM – and not some National Church that is in the pocket of its political leaders!! – no matter where they live!

  • digpig

    The Ecumenical Patriarchate has not forgotten the inappropriate and unchristian way in which Moscow behaved in Great Britain (driving out the mainly British adherents of the Diocese of Sourozh) or in Nice (taking over the Cathedral from the community which had worshipped there for 80 years) – to give just two examples from many.

  • Mike Andrew

    Interesting. To have a Full Ecumenical Council, you still need Rome. All old original churches must be present. That is the problem

  • Wagner Teixeira Florentino

    I think the most important thing is to take the word of the gospel. Regardless of whether the gospel will be preached by the Russian Church or not. Because fights like these, the gospel is not preached, and this occurs with the advancement of the Muslim religion in China mainly. The Ecumenical Patriarchate can not afford to do a mission in China and even in Japan, so why not leave the Russian Church?

  • Gregory Walker Levitsky

    This is inaccurate. Even the original Ecumenical Councils took place without Roman bishops, and without the participation of Churches outside the Empire. “Ecumenical” is a term bestowed on *a given Council* after its acceptance by the whole Church as such after the fact. You can’t just call a Council “Ecumenical” and make it so (see the Robber Council (II Ephesus)), and Rome has nothing to do with it.

  • Gregory Walker Levitsky

    Oh, please. The EP is a joke, trying to sow discord in the Russian Diaspora. Is it appropriate canonically or charitably to create an Estonian Orthodox Church and tear apart the former flock of Patriarch Alexey II right before his eyes?

    And as far as Nice: is it more Christian to charge people *entrance fees* to worship? Entrance fees that weren’t even use for church upkeep, and the ceiling collapsed? What good is the EP doing, besides complaining that nobody respects them?