“I had long been waiting for Russian citizenship and didn’t want the Soviet one. Then I waited for a passport with a double-headed eagle, not accepting the one with the ‘International’ emblem. And I was granted it at last—what a stubborn old woman I am!” September 5, 2019, marked the 107th birthday of an extraordinary woman—Anastasia Alexandrovna Manstein-Shirinskaya.
Why, then, does the Church of Greece alone first take on such a decision Herself, contradicting the ecclesiastical consciousness of all the Local Churches in order to satisfy the Phanar’s erroneous and failed choices? Why should she scandalize the souls of the millions of Ukrainian Orthodox faithful who contend with deprivation and persecution and remain faithful to their ecclesiastical tradition?
It has been a surprise to many that in the recent ecclesiastical conflict, supposedly over Ukrainian autocephaly though with origins in fact much deeper, Metropolitan Hierotheos has championed Constantinople’s position with an eloquence and fervor sadly rare on the other side.
The following letter, from Patriarch Bartholomew to Archbishop Chrysostomos, dated June 9, 2019, clearly expresses the EP’s own self-understanding of his role, rights and responsibilities in world Orthodoxy in such a way that it becomes evident why he would not welcome Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus’ mediation in the Ukrainian crisis.
The condition of expressing repentance is not invalidated or annulled by any institutional person or institutional ecclesiastical body. There exists no Ecclesiastical Economy that can replace or annul repentance. Repentance itself constitutes the fundamental condition and spiritual “key” to receiving and possessing the Economy of salvation.
May the conference attendees, and all of us, be blessed with tears of repentance, so that we all seek God’s grace to become both practitioners and defenders of the Patristic Orthodox “phronema”—given by God’s revelation to the pure hearts of our holy Church Fathers and confirmed by the blood of tens of millions of martyrs, both known and unknown!
Twenty-five years ago, artist Vladimir Fedukov moved with his family from the city to a rural village in the Russian north. Writer Stepan Ignashev talks with him about Russian realism in both art and life.
This article is put forth to compare the All Ukrainian Cross Procession of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate on the Baptism of Rus’, with the one held by the schismatic “OCU”, which is recognized only by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Our conscience is clear—it is not us who seize churches, but it is our churches being seized. We do not violate anyone’s rights, but our believers suffer because of their loyalty to God. We do not shed blood and we do not provoke the incitement of sectarian strife.
East and West may not have quite met, but they have certainly passed each other on parallel tracks going in opposite directions, It appears we have become each other, the East and the West having each, simultaneously, both won and lost the Cold War.
The true reason is that the calculated actions of Bartholomew in Ukraine fully fit into the long-term strategy of the Phanar which is aimed at strengthening the position of the Constantinople Patriarchate and establishing its authority over the other Local Orthodox Churches.