On November 16, 2017 the self-proclaimed “Patriarch” Philaret (Denisenko) of Kiev and all Rus’-Ukraine wrote a letter of reconciliation and restoration of communion to the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). But two weeks later he denied any apologies or formal unity with the ROC. So why then did he write that ambiguous letter?
Dennis Menos believes that “the Ecumenical Patriarch needs to be elevated to the rank of “head” of the Orthodox East, with authority to act and speak for the entire Church” and that His Holiness “will need to be freed of all responsibility for serving also as the Primate of the Church of Constantinople”.
Forgetting Christ’s commandments, embracing ethnophyletism, giving preference to a Caesar, serving Mammon—all of these are symptoms of a serious disease that has affected schismatics of the so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate” as a result of their falling away from Orthodoxy.