PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW TELLS UKRAINIAN PM THAT CONSTANTINOPLE WILL HELP BUILD SINGLE CHURCH IN UKRAINE

by Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE on March 19, 2017

in Featured, Featured News, News

Photo: uocofusa.org

Photo: uocofusa.org

Pravoslavie.ru – 19/3/17

“We pray that the Ukrainian people would be united in one Church. The Mother Church of Constantinople will help you find such a united Church,” His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew told Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting in the offices of the patriarchate in Constantinople on March 15.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Metropolitan Emanuel of France, Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna, and Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, reports the site of the Church in the USA.

Ukrainian politicians and non-canonical schismatic “Orthodox” clergy have appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate many times to involve himself in the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate and declare the Ukrainian Church autocephalous, which he has thus far declined to do.

“We attribute great importance to our cooperation. Ukrainians aspire to a single Church, and your role is very important,” the prime minister said. “We have deep respect for Your Holiness and for your support in efforts leading to a unified Ukrainian Orthodoxy.”

His All-Holiness responded with thanks for the Ukrainians fidelity to the Church and expressed his willingness to help the Ukrainians achieve a united Church. “We can be optimistic about the future,” he added.

“I want to express our gratitude for the wisdom, blessings and love to Ukraine, for caring about Ukraine and for the prayers by which you support us in this difficult time.” Groysman said. In turn, Patriarch Bartholomew addressed himself to the Ukrainian people, whom he styled his spiritual children: “We greet the entire beloved Ukrainian nation from the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate not as foreigners but as beloved spiritual children of the Mother Church. Spiritual relations that unite the Mother church with Ukrainians never disappeared. We are close to you, especially when it is hard, we accompany you with our prayers and blessings… We send our blessing, love and concern for every Ukrainian without exceptions.”

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  • Michael Woerl

    Patriarch Bartholomew should QUIT MEDDLING where he has NO BUSINESS! He has absolutely NO JURISDICTION in Ukraine. He is dealing with schismatics there … think Russian Bishops going to “help” Greek Old Calendarists … same principle. In other news, an Abbot in Greece has formally charged Patriarch Bartholomew of teaching heresy with his over the top ecumenist nonsense, such as he propagated in the meeting of some Orthodox Churches (representing a minority of the Orthodox faithful in the world) in Crete. Perhaps he, and all his pro-Roman Catholic “theologians” should retire, and give the job to an Abbot of Mount Athos; get rid of all the bishops of cities that no longer exist [uncanonical!], who have no flocks, and who just hang around at the Vatican and the World Council of Churches in Switzerland, causing pain and grief to the rest of the Orthodox … just as with ex-President Obama’s Liberal Agenda, people are getting very, very tired of the bullying, ordering around and nonsense coming from the Phanar … such as ordering the Archbishop of Athens to excommunicate and defrock clergy who aren’t on the Crete Ecumenical Bandwagon … another example of MEDDLING WHERE HE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO BUSINESS AND NO JURISDICITON!
    “Help build a single Church in Ukraine?” Ridiculous!

    I’kll refer you to your own article!

    http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/non-canonicity-in-the-third-degree/

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  • Rick Mir

    I can’t help wondering if Michael Woerl has any business meddling in Ukraine, or with the affairs of Patriarch Bartholomew.

    Of course he has. We are all meddlers in the affairs of whomsoever we choose, now.
    If you don’t like Trump, or Verwoerd, or Stalin, or Kaiser Wilhelm, you say so, and essentially (come to think of it) it has long been thus unless you lived somewhere very unfortunate.

    Only occasionally do you find your comments removed from a website, and then it might be arbitrary and completely without good reason. It just needs somebody to disagree with you enough to report you for disagreeing with him. So we appear to have oodles of free speech, but it is not always so. Perhaps an old-fashioned letter to a reasonably sympathetic newspaper is best.

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