Piraeus, Greece, October 18, 2021
The Synod of Crete with its controversial ecumenical statements and the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s granting of autocephaly to the graceless schismatics of the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” are both forerunners to the planned false union between Orthodoxy and Catholicism, believes the Metropolis of Piraeus of the Church of Greece.
Representatives of the Catholic church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople often talk about unity, with an eye to the planned union council in honor of the 1,700th anniversary of the First Ecumenical Synod in 2025, reminds the Metropolis’ Office of Heresies and Cults, published by Vima Orthodoxias.
The immediate goal is the “union of the Churches,” to be followed by the union of mankind with the creation of the “terrible pan-religion,” the Office writes. Of course, for the ecumenists, union isn’t predicated upon the non-Orthodox recanting their heresies, the Metropolis laments.
There have been two such unification attempts in the past, the Office reminds, at Lyons in 1274, and Ferrara-Florence in 1438-1439.
Further, with the falling into heresy of the ancient Patriarchate of Rome and the Islamic conquest of the Patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, there has been a corruption of the primordial system of Church administration, leading to the Patriarchate of Constantinople ascending “to play a ‘primary role’ in the regulation of ecclesiastical issues” in the Ottoman era with the backing of the Sultans.
Patriarch Bartholomew has explicitly stated that the 2025 anniversary will be an occasion for the churches to undertake a more definite ecumenical course, the Office of Heresies and Cults notes.
Metropolitan Job (Getcha) of Telmessos has also declared that the Orthodox have no problem recognizing the primacy of Rome, the Office reports.
And 2016’s Synod of Crete and the fake Ukrainian autocephaly serve as “pre-celebrations” of this future ecumenist union, the Metropolis of Piraeus affirms.
As is well known, the Office writes, the problem with Crete is that, rather than denouncing heretical Christian organizations and calling them to repentance, it termed them “churches,” in documents that are believed by Constantinople to be binding dogmatic statements. However, Crete “is not an organic continuation of the ancient great Ecumenical Councils,” the Office of Heresies’ document contends.
Further, four Local Churches didn’t attend Crete due to the lack of unanimity among the Churches, which was set as a necessary condition for convening the council.
The Office also refers to a Greek article that contends that the Moscow Patriarchate didn’t attend Crete because “Ecumenism, cultivated through pre-determined inter-religious and inter-Christian dialogue, has contributed to the goals of the American deep state,” which was clear from the fact that the CIA worked security at the council.
In fact, “the ‘Synod’ of Crete was under complete American control,” the Office contends.
Some say that the four Churches were wrong not to participate, because their absence led to “the first major rift in the unity of world Orthodoxy,” while others say their absence was providential, because by it the council lost any pan-Orthodox prestige, which “infuriated the Phanar.”
And the creation of the “autocephalous” “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” is the second point in the American plan for the division of Orthodoxy, the statement continues. The Office, which has dealt with the issue several times before, reminds that autocephaly was not given to the canonical Ukrainian Church, but to the minority schismatic groups.
Unfortunately, this act by Constantinople led directly to the largest division in Orthodox history since 1054, polarizing the Slavic and Greek Churches, the Metropolis laments, “which is another great success of American diplomacy.”
Thus, things are much easier for the “union of the Churches,” in which the five elder Patriarchates (Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem) could participate without the “schismatic” Slavs, the Office predicts.
The question is, how many bishops will go along with the union and what will be the ensuing consequences, the Metropolis writes. Most likely, those who oppose the false union will be deposed and removed from their dioceses.
Unfortunately, most clergy will probably go along with the “union.” There will be an unpredictable reaction from the monks, given that there has been “a significant degradation in the confessional mindset” among monastics, such as on Mt. Athos, the Office writes. Many of the people will either be indifferent or approve of the “union” for secular reasons.
In conclusion, the Office writes: “We express our concerns about what is being set in motion. They are not figments of our imagination, but they are about launching real events, about direct confessions of high-ranking ecclesiastical agents, about sober interpretations of what is happening.” Nevertheless, we must never despair, because the Church is indestructible.