Kiev, November 12, 2021
The Orthodox Church finds itself in a state of hybrid war today because of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s invasion of Ukrainian Church territory and the creation of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” which is only recognized by a minority of the Orthodox world, said the Polish hierarch who participated in the “Conciliarity of the Church: Theological, Canonical, and Historical Dimensions” conference that opened in Kiev yesterday.
Orthodox Christians know from personal experience today how mournful it is when Eucharistic communion is interrupted between Local Churches, Archbishop Jerzy of Wrocław and Szczecin said during his address.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow ceased commemorating Patriarch Bartholomew as a preliminary response to the latter’s invasion of Ukrainian Church territory, but unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for Pat. Bartholomew to rethink his actions, and the situation escalated to a break in communion, the Polish hierarch lamented.
And every Orthodox bishop is now in danger of concelebrating with hierarchs who, while recognized as canonical, have themselves concelebrated with the unordained schismatics of the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine.”
According to Abp. Jerzy, “the current situation is similar to the very painful military model of the so-called ‘hybrid state,’” which is completely unacceptable in the Church.
OrthoChristian reported yesterday that in his own address to the conference, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine identified the Phanar’s mistaken self-understanding as the cause of the current Church crisis.