Outside of Phanar, not a Single Representative of the Orthodox Churches Attended the Enthronement of Epiphanius

Translated from Raskolam.net

On 3 February, the enthronement of Epiphanius Dumenko, the head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine (the new structure created by the Ecumenical Patriarchate out of Ukrainian schismatics) happened in the St. Sophia Cathedral. A delegation of the Constantinopolitan Patriarchate. The Metropolitan of Gaul, Emmanuel, Metropolitan of Adrianopolis Amphilochius, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Metropolitan Georgius (Kalishchuk), the hegumen of the Athos Xenophontos monastery, Archimandrite Alexios, the Exarch of the Phanar in Kiev, f. Mykhailo Anishchenko, and also two monks from the St. Panteleimon Scythe of the Koutloumousiou Monastery of Athos. The present Athosites did not represent the Holy Mountain (because the Holy Community of Athos decided at an extraordinary session to refuse [the request] of the Ecumenical Patriarch to send an official delegation to Kiev), and were part of the delegation of Constantinople. This was reported by the Union of Orthodox Journalists.

Also present were the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Svyatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops, Bronislaw Bernacky, the Metropolitan of Lvov of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, Mieczysław Mokrzycki, and representatives of protestant Churches. 

The Phanar wasn’t able to get even one hierarch from the Local Orthodox Churches for the enthroment.

Also present at the enthronement, were representatives from the Ukrainian political establishment: The President Petro Poroshenko with wife, the leader of “Bat’kivshchina”, Yulia Tymoshenko. the Minister of Defence, Stepan Poltorak and others.

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The so called Patriarch of All Rus-Ukraine (or Ukraine-Rus, I can’t remember now), now “Honorary Patriarch”, Filaret Denisenko has not been present at the enthronement. Looks like Poroshenko and Bartholomew ditched this wannabe Patriarch in their Church designs, and he will live out the rest of his days as nobody.

I have written about the limited recognition of the new structure created by the Ecumenical Patriarch at the behest of Poroshenko before. The Ecumenical Patriarch was likely forced into recognising the new structure by the Americans, who are waging a propaganda war against Russia. All the pundits have presented the creation of this new structure as Russia’s defeat.

We truly a have a trinity (or perhaps a naughty trio). Murica is the father, Poroshenko is the son (of a…), and Bartholomew is the Holy Ghost that animates the whole thing.

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