Situation with Agia Sophia is due to Constantinople’s unity-destroying interference in Ukraine—Met. Seraphim of Piraeus

Piraeus, Greece, July 13, 2020

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The Orthodox Church is currently suffering from a lack of unity between Local Churches and Orthodox countries, and this sad reality is among the reasons for the current situation with the Agia Sophia cathedral being converted into a mosque once again, believes His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In particular, Met. Seraphim, one of the most outspoken and traditional of the hierarchs of the Greek Church, cited the Patriarch Bartholomew’s ill-conceived interference in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that led to the rupture in communion between the Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchates, reports Romfea.

Local Churches and Orthodox countries are also busy “clinging to heretics” instead of uniting into a powerful Orthodox force, Met. Seraphim lamented.

“I hope it is now clear how tragic a mistake it was to grant autocephaly to schismatics and a self-ordained gathering in Ukraine at the behest of the Euro-Atlanticists, because this event destroyed the unity of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches,” His Eminence stressed.

“Honestly, I am saddened because those of us who oppose the ecumenical monster and the internationalist system are so directly justified,” Met. Seraphim said, noting that Orthodox countries have been more interested in courting the Latins for the past 100 years than in forming a powerful Orthodox alliance.

He also called upon the Greek government to immediately respond to the Turkish abuse of Agia Sophia, but not to expect “any significant support from international organizations.”

His Eminence spoke in a similar vein earlier in the month, noting that Orthodox countries continue to invest in the Western world, although the Western world continually betrays them.

Alexander Schipkov, the Deputy Head of the World Russian People’s Council and the First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Church’s Synodal Department for Relations Between the Church, Society, and the Media, voiced the same view as Met. Seraphim, saying, “The political decision of the Turkish authorities to turn the Agia Sophia into a mosque was the result of the actions of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who caused a split in world Orthodoxy.”

“I believe that the fault for this lies entirely with Patriarch Bartholomew, who caused a split in world Orthodoxy. The issuing of a false tomos to Ukrainian schismatics didn’t remain just an event within the internal life of Ukraine, but led to huge problems in the relations of the Orthodox Churches and to a significant weakening of world Orthodoxy, which Erdoğan took advantage of,” the analyst said.

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Chrys7/16/2020 12:33 am
"Judge not lest ye be judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged...first cast the beam out of thine own eye."
Gary Cox7/14/2020 2:34 pm
The evil we do in our life brings consequences. Pray for our Patriarchs and Bishops to stand up and do what is needed to reign bartholomew in and correct the wrongness his has brought onto God's people. Gary
Joseph7/13/2020 10:18 pm
The Metropolitian is 100% correct about this. P. Bartholomew is in my eyes and the eyes of many orthodox Christian the true enemy of the church and a slave of the globalists. There was a time when I would have picked up a gun in defense of turning the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, but now I say Glory to God for all things! Erdogan is a crazed jihadist and he will have a greater excuse in the eyes of the true God in the day of judgment because he simply is blinded by the false and evil teachings of Islam, but what of P. Bartholomew who attacks Christian monks on Mt. Athos for not commemorating his wickedness or causes schism throughout the body of Christ by issuing a false tomos and pushes heresies and liberal ideas In the church? He is a bishop of the church!! What will his excuse be? This is also punishment for the rest of the local churches who did nothing to stop P. Bartholomew because of their own fears, and showed themselves to be a joke before the Islamic world, enabling Erdogan to do what he is doing now. If they would have stopped the evil of P. Bartholomew by condemning his madness in an ecumenical council, God would have protected the Church, but since they did nothing, God will also do nothing to save them now. God forgive us all!!
Chris Pelegros7/13/2020 9:54 pm
Interesting and ironic how this legal judgment in Turkey that allowed the conversion to a Mosque happened in the same week as the loss in the courts of the case for the Father's at Holy Esphigmenou monastery at Mt Athos Greece. Maybe God is speaking to and nobody is listening? This includes the Ecumenical Patriarch and the rest of the Greeks.
BPeter Brandt-Sorheim 7/13/2020 4:38 pm
Istanbul's Bartholomew may also be receiving the reward of his virtual Uniate status.
Alexander Leitner7/13/2020 2:18 pm
True words! The West will not help the Ecumenical Patriarch nor Greece...only Holy Russia. The greeks will have to repent their betraying
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