Privileges, valuable real estate in the centre of Kiev, and the absence of faith in the viability of the newly created OCU are just some of the reasons why the Kiev Patriarchate doesn’t rush to transfer to the OCU.
The two founding Churches, that is the Kiev Patriarchate, and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), took on the obligation to merge into the OCU at the “unification Council” on 15 December 2018. Back then, the “patriarch” Filaret Denisenko and the former head of the UAOC, Makarius Maletich, announced the dissolution of their organisations. This is confirmed by the official answer the journalists received from the Kiev Patriarchate.
However, as the journalists discovered, the Kiev Patriarchate still functions as a religious organisation, enjoys all the benefits (among others tax benefits and utility payment benefits). Among the properties still owned by the Kiev Patriarchate is the building of the eparchial administration, 36 Pushkin Street, at the very heart of Kiev. The head of the newly created OCU, Epiphanius, does not even have his own office, and shares space with the rector of the Kiev Ecclesiastical Academy right underneath the halls of residence of the seminarists.
Meanwhile, this is not the entire real estate which is in the ownership of the Kiev Patriarchate. The journalists also discovered a modern building in the historical part of Kiev, on the Desyatynnyi Ln., right next to the Mykhailovskyi Monastery. There are offices in this building, and the Kiev Patriarchate likely makes money on letting them out.
“According to the legal department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, such a contradictory situation is linked to the Kiev Patriarchate still believing the situation could be reversed back to the situation before November-December 2018. The clergy do not have faith in the viability of the newly created OCU. The head of the department of religion in the Ministry of Culture, Andriy Yurash, says the ministry cannot influence the Kiev Patriarchate.”-says the report.
When nationalism is more important than the Bible…
Turns out there actually is a Kiev Patriarchate Church in Crimea. And it is in trouble because Muh Ukraine! Basically, it would need to register with the Russian authorities to function, or else it will be closed.
This was reported by Krym.Realii, a website of the RFE/RL, US funded propaganda. Just for your information, the RFE/RL also has Sibir.Realii, and Kavkaz.Realii. And perhaps other such properties aimed at Russia’s “ukraines”, that is outskirts. Imagine if Russia Today had websites named: “Texas.Reality, Cali.Reality, Hawaii. Reality…” in English and Spanish? Muricans would flip out of their skin…
But I digress, the Kiev Patriarchate, now the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, in Crimea does not recognise the authority of the Russians because they are a bunch of stuck up Ukrainian nationalists, who will soon be sent packing over to the Kherson region.
They should follow Jesus and render onto Ceasar what is Caesar’s. Be more like Jesus, not like Bandera, and everything will be good…
Two curious videos have gone viral in Ukraine, showing nationalists protesting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the omophorion of the Moscow Patriarchate…
It needs to be understood that the main aspect of the Ukrainian nationalist ideology is the severance of any link with Russia. Ukrainians are a rather new nation, created out of a regional branch of the Russian people, and this fact compels the Ukrainian nationalists to embark on a programme of forced derussification in order to assert their place under the Sun. One such area concerns the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is perhaps the least Russian of what could be termed “the Russian element”, that is the target of Ukrainian nationalism. In practice, the Church only has a spiritual link to Russia, and it services many rural communities which tend to be culturally and linguistically Ukrainian rather than Russian. What irks the nationalists is the link to Russia because it causes the Church to be above the nation. They want a nationalist Church, which would serve to promote Ukrainian nationalism.
Since the nineties, several organisations without international recognition have formed out of this nationalist urge, and they were recently been unified into with the help of the Ukrainian state, the Ecumenical Patriarch, and likely the United States in the background, into a new structure called “the Orthodox Church in Ukraine“. This gave a new impetus to Ukrainian nationalist orcs to protest and intimidate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The first video I was able to give English subtitles. It features father Vyacheslav Yakovenko being protested by what looks like the Civic Corpus of the neo-nazi Azov battalion. This wasn’t father Vyacheslav’s first brush with the nationalists. The Svoboda party protested the building of his church.
The second video is slightly older but features a group of nationalist orcs trying to enter a church in Vinnytsia. The nationalists from the Right Sector are blocked by parishioners which urge the former to recite the Symbol of the Faith, and the Lord’s Prayer, which the nationalists appear unable to do.
I wasn’t able to give the above video subtitles because it is the property of News Front, and youtube wouldn’t allow me to do a repost. It nevertheless shows clearly that the nationalist orcs are more interested in control than faith.
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.
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.
Not a single one of local Orthodox Churches has sent her greetings to the “unifying council”, and the Orthodox Church in Ukraine (OCU) that was formed there. Meanwhile, as the journalists from Fraza found out, the OCU was recognised by the US State Department, the LGBT community, and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (what I call “Uniates“). The Vatican has at first recognised the Church but then refused to recognise it.
Expert on religions, Alexandr Voznesensky wrote that the LGBT community recommends the newly-formed “unified Church” under the leadership of Epiphanius. The expert added: “This is what I understand as World recognition. After this, recognition of local Churches is not needed.”
TASS reports that in the opinion of the Deputy Spokesperson under the leadership of the 70th Secretary of State, Mark Pompeo, Robert Palladino, “the creation of this Church is a historic event for Ukraine.” He greeted, in the name of United States, the head of OCU, “metropolitan” Epiphanius with being elected.
Today (the article was published on 18 of December 2018), the press secretary of OCU, Eustratius (Zorya) announced that a report, which has appeared on the Vatican website, which spoke about the election of Epiphanius, de facto means the Pope has recognised has recognised the Church. He wrote: “It is de facto a sign, that in accordance with the order of the ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox Churches, by the power of the canonical recognition by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Ukrainian Church and her Metropolitan, this Church acquired subjectness in the eyes of Rome.”
However, Zorya’s joy was premature. As it turned out, Vatican’s official portal did not recognise Epiphanius. This was announced on 18 December at the directorate of the Holy See’s press service.
The head of Ukrainian Greek Catholics (UGCC), Svyatoslav also sent greetings to supporters of the OCU in connection with the “unification council” and the election of a new representative. This was announced by the head of the pastoral service in Ukraine’s penitentiary system of the Patriarchal curia of the UGCC, Konstantin Pateley, on his Facebook page.