Unfortunately for Patriarch Bartholomew, the historical arguments he makes do not hold water and often make the opposite point of the one he is trying to make. Several important analyses have been published on the site Orthodox Synaxis.
Whether intentionally or unintentionally ironic, the President referred to himself as the “guarantor of constitutional rights” and promised to “do everything possible to protect religious freedom in Ukraine.” “Violence can never be a method of solving problems,” said the head of state who actively promotes the nationalist-schismatics who use violence as a method to solve problems.
Contrary to expectations, the issue of the Ukrainian crisis was not even raised. The Synod previously authorized two Synodal commissions, on dogmatic and canonical issues, and on inter-Orthodoxy and inter-Christian relations, to study the issue more in-depth.
Meeting in the spiritual and administrative center of the Tashkent Diocese under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and All Uzbekistan on March 19, the Synod of the Central Asian Metropolitan District crafted a letter of support to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine during this period of persecution due to the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s non-canonical invasion of Ukrainian Church territory.
The present persecution against the canonical Ukrainian Church is an affront to God and not a path to Heaven, His Eminence Metropolitan Arseny of Svyatogorsk and abbot of the Holy Dormition-Svyatogorsk Lavra said exhorted in his homily at the monastery on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
In a recently-released statement from the Serbian Church, it is recommended that hierarchs and clergy abstain from serving with clergy of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, as representatives of that Patriarchate have concelebrated with the Ukrainian schismatics. Accordingly, most Serbian hierarchs in America and Canada have instructed their clergy not to concelebrate with Constantinople clergy, His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese being the only exceptioin.
Intensive work is underway to gather and restore historical information and documents concerning Old Valaam Monastery. During the course of this work, archival film footage dating to 1908 was discovered. It is believed that this is the oldest existing footage of the monastery.
In Met. Nikiforos’ view, none of the Local Churches have the right to remain silent in the face of the present crisis, because all the Churches together constitute one Body, and therefore, whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it (1 Cor. 12:26).
Having already issued mass summons for questioning to Rivne priests twice, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) is now targeting one priest in particular, who has managed to save 30 parishes from schism over the years.
The state is on the side of the church that supports it, and therefore there’s nothing wrong in it obliging its officials to influence parishes, says Philaret Denisenko, the ideological leader of the Ukrainian autocephaly movement and “Honorary Patriarch” of the new schismatic church.
Celebrating the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Paris, Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul, the hierarch of the Patriarchate of Constantinople who chaired the so-called “unification council” that created a new schismatic Ukrainian church in Kiev on December 15, used the occasion to lament the alleged ingratitude of the Local Orthodox Churches that have rejected the schismatic church.
A group of special UN Rapporteurs appealed to the authorized Ukrainian state bodies on September 30 with an information request on the violations of the rights of the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian authorities ignored the request; the reporters received no answer within the legally-prescribed time frame.