Turkish intelligence agencies suspect Pat. Bartholomew of links with CIA

Constantinople, January 3, 2018


Turkish intelligence agencies suspect His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of having connections with the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen and the American CIA, while attacks directed at the patriarch and the patriarchate are expanding dangerously, reports RIA-Novosti, with reference to a recent edition of the Greek journal “Elikhera.”

The two countries have warned the patriarch about threats to his life, the journal claims.

Turkish authorities also blame Gülen’s FETO organization for involvement in the attempted coup of July 2016, although Gülen himself has condemned the coup and denies the accusation.

Turkish media began a “dirty game” of implicating Pat. Bartholomew in a governmental coup of 2016 immediately after the attempted coup, the journal writes. Such publications began with the newspaper “Aydynlyk,” which claimed that U.S. Secret Service representatives allegedly knew about the coming military coup and warned the patriarch, who quickly left Turkey three hours before the beginning of the coup. At first it was unknown where he went, though it later became known that he had gone to Slovenia.

As previously reported, Church officials condemned the false allegations of the patriarch’s involvement, saying that they may have been concocted to embarrass the Church. They also insisted that the timing of his departure was a coincidence, and that the patriarch learned of the attempted coup only once he landed in Slovenia. His All-Holiness subsequently condemned the violence.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suspects that Pat. Bartholomew has a friendly relationship with Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, and agents of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization conduct constant surveillance on the patriarch and on his entourage around the world, and especially in the U.S., the article states.

American intelligence officers, and the officers of “one other country” have reportedly warned the Ecumenical Patriarchate about this surveillance.

“If the Turkish regime and Erdogan deem it necessary to threaten the life of Patriarch Bartholomew, it will be threatened. Nothing will stop those who feel powerful,” the Greek newspaper writes.

Note that the patriarch has often been threatened by radical Islamists and Molotov cocktails have been thrown into the patriarchate, but, despite demands for the strengthening of the protection of the patriarch’s residence in the Phanar in Constantinople, the Turkish authorities have actually diminished it.

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Isaac1/11/2018 8:41 pm
Carl-Nobody would argue with you that Erdogan hates Christ and His church, but the monasteries and churches that he took over where mostly Assyrian/Syriac Orthodox and NOT Eastern or "Greek" Orthodox,proving that Erdogan does not care about what the confession of faith is. More relevant to our discussion is that P. Bartholemew has exhibited a great deal of violence, and enmity towards people within the Church that do not agree with his views. I personally fear P. Bartholemew more,since Erdogan can only send his thug terrorists (ISIS) to create more martyrs, but the E.P. attacks the church from within, and does not exhibit the care and love for Christ's sheep that a TRUE shepherd should!
Carl Anders Breitholtz1/9/2018 8:48 pm
The Turkish president is a devout sunni-muslim and an equally devout anti-Christian. If he could, he would gladly destroy the Orthodox church. Recently he illegally "took over" 50 churches & monasteries. The recent attack on the Patriarch of Constantinople aims at destroyng the remaining Church in the Islam-dominated Turkey. Only gossip and evil spirits are behind these accusations. Now he is turning his horns against the Eastern Orthodox church, to which the Patriarch of Constantinople belongs. Erdogan thinks he can play with some 300 million Orthodox Christians all over the world, also in Russia.
Антоний1/9/2018 4:30 pm
May God protect and bless the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew!
Paok1/6/2018 11:26 pm
Dear Stephen Browning-It would certainly be an honor to die in defense of a Christ loving, Orthodox Bishop, but would that be the case if one were to die in defense of P. Bartholomew? Since he does not care for Orthodoxy, nor does he defend it, or follow in the footsteps of the Holy Fathers, your death would probably be in vain! Dying in defense of Christ, and His Holy Orthodox Church on the other hand would truly be an honor, privilege and BLESSING! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Anthony1/5/2018 12:13 pm
Wikileaks already showed his links to the west so this is nothing new.
Joan1/5/2018 10:03 am
Isaac, while it is obvious that the EP's beliefs and behavior have departed from Orthodoxy, as understood by the Holy Fathers, it is quite another thing to assert that he serves the Western powers, i.e., the CIA.
John1/5/2018 5:30 am
He's also a Freemason, although the Phanar denies it, of course.
Isaac1/4/2018 8:33 pm
Although I do not like Erdogan, and I do not consider Turkey a legitimate country, I do however have to admit that its very obvious to all of us that know P.Bartholemew's beliefs and have watched his behavior that he does not have an allegiance to the Orthodox Church, and most certainly serves the western powers, so the fact that he is in partnership with the CIA is of no surprise to us.
Stephen Browning1/4/2018 8:52 am
What an honor and a privilege it would be, to give up my life in the place of that of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew I. I love him as my own father!
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