The Patriarch understands the failure of his OCU project which has only deepened the schism in Ukraine and created more schisms in the Orthodox Church, and his letter indicates that he is waiting for a new turn in the political tide, when the battle against the UOC will be rekindled with zeal, Met. Anthony believes.
Commenting on the situation that has arisen due to the unilateral decision of Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus to recognize the Ukrainian schismatics, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary emphasized that true Church life does not know the question of opposing nationalities and national traditions.
What is needed to restore Eucharistic communion between the Phanar and the Russian Orthodox Church? Is there a threat to Ukrainian Orthodoxy from the Muslim world? How should the Church and its clergy carry out their mission today, and how do today’s trials affect the spiritual life of the faithful?
Over the weekend, a number of memorial services were held and the Serbian faithful came out to bid farewell to their beloved archpastor, who labored as a hierarch for 46 years, including nearly 11 years as Patriarch. Condolences came in from ecclesiastical and civil authorities from around the world, and 3-day mourning period was declared in Serbia.
Purpose in life emerges when faith in, and the striving towards, God are present, along with the ideals and values that are confessed in the Gospel of Christ. It is imperative that we learn this independently of where we live and what views we hold.
The witness of Met. Nikiforos and his new book is especially important because it demonstrates that, despite the loud insistences of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Ukrainian scandal is not about Russians rejecting the special role of Constantinople and the Greek people within the Church, but rather, it is a question of fidelity to the Orthodox canons and theology.
His Eminence Metropolitan Nikiforos of Kykkos of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus recently published a book examining the burning Ukrainian issue from the point of view of the sacred canons of the Church.