Patriarch Bartholomew Threatens to Go into Schism
In almost unprecedented interference in another Local Church’s internal affairs the elderly Patriarch of Constantinople has called on the Church of Greece to accept Constantinople’s ecumenist agenda, drawn up by the US State Department, at its meeting in Crete in June 2016. Boycotted by 80% of Orthodox, many of those who did attend the meeting also disagreed with it and refused to sign its documents. Now, according to the Greek Orthodox website romfea.gr, this Patriarch has said that he will no longer concelebrate with Orthodox like Metropolitans Seraphim of Piraeus and Ambrose of Calavrites who reject US-inspired ecumenism.
On top of this, this Patriarch Bartholomew has also boycotted the Inter-Orthodox celebrations of Patriarch Kyrill’s 70th birthday in Moscow. Instead, in Istanbul Patriarch Bartholomew decided to meet the speaker of the US-appointed Kiev Parliament, who wants the Patriarch to set up a small schismatic Local Church in the Ukraine. This would be a rival to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church which already unites 35 million Ukrainian Orthodox. Given that Patriarch Bartholomew has already started a minor schism in Estonia, it is not impossible that he would not do the same in the Ukraine under pressure from his paymasters in the failed and now increasingly desperate Obama administration.
Already isolated through his politicking on behalf of his US sponsors, now further isolated from all the heads of the other Local Orthodox Churches gathered in Moscow, such a move would clearly put Patriarch Bartholomew into schism with the other 98% of the Orthodox Church. His ambiguous statements on the Ukraine are increasing worries that in his hubris he may now complete his isolation and die in schism in his old age.
Fr Andrew Phillips.