His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev, Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias is the effectual First-amongst-Equals in the Orthodox World, and everyone except for Bart acknowledges that… Moscow is the centre of the Orthosphere, whether Bart likes it or not…
During the 19th and 20th centuries, the Patriarchate of Constantinople (EP) controlled much of the Orthodox world. One of the first bodies to become autocephalous was the independent Church of Greece. Then, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church separated from the EP. The rise of several independent patriarchates, including the Serbian and Romanian, marked the first half of the 20th century. It seemed that the EP shrank like drying leather. However, the end of the 20th century, apparently, began an era of revenge. How did that happen? Firstly, it had a new role in the diaspora, especially the Greek diaspora in America. Secondly, the collapse of the USSR brought on the collapse of the bipolar world, with the USA seeking a counterpoise to limit the MP’s influence.
Accordingly, the current situation, starting with creating the so-called Estonian Apostolic Church in attempt to steal the Estonian parishes, continuing with the situation in Czechia, where the EP refused to recognise the autocephaly granted by the MP, only to “grant” it in 1998, and ending with its desire to steal the Ukrainian Orthodox Church… it’s not a move to seek revenge for past wrongs, but an attempt to impose a new geopolitical reality and implement a new grand order. However, what are they trying to do? They want to destroy the Russian World, to restrict the MP’s influence to within the Russian Federation, and ideally restrict the RF to its central core. Otherwise, there’s no explanation for any of their actions. The claims to universal jurisdiction of the EP are ridiculous. Constantinople is no longer “The City”, the universal capital; it’s only the Turkish city of Istanbul. That’s especially true since there is no Christian Emperor or Senate there. It justifies its pretensions on Canon 28 of the Chalcedonian Council. However, I’d point up that this canon, which the EP hierarchy loves to quote, doesn’t say anything about Estonia or about Australia or about Czechia… it only refers to Pontus, Asia, and other outlying areas. Really, does this mean that the new boundaries of the EP stretch from the Baltic coast to Czechia?!
The EP has flawed logic. Today, it’s degenerated into a kind of “eastern rite”, the worst condition of all. Due to its arrogance, the EP doesn’t really know what it’s doing with the Pope of Rome. Orthodox hierarchs who’ve fought papism, who’ve experienced the struggle with it, understand how sinful and unjust their policy is. If they persist in it… that means that the EP’s in the wrong.
26 February 2015
Fr Deacon Vladimir Vasilik
Candidate of Philology
Candidate of Theology
Associate Professor of the Faculty of History, St Petersburg State University
member of the MP Synodal Liturgical Commission
Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya
Fr Deacon Vladimir’s essay points up how evil Vassa Larina’s actions were in sucking up to the Uniates. One of the heresies of the Church of Rome is that the “Eastern Church” embraces both Orthodox and Uniates. This is ridiculous. There’s no such thing. We have NO connection with Uniates… they chose to leave the Church and kiss the Pope of Rome’s ass. They’re not part of the Church anymore. I don’t think that we should fight such people or kill them (unless they come with guns in hand to kill us, as they do in Novorossiya)… we should leave them be. However, they’re NOT in the Church and we shouldn’t give them the impression that they are.
Vassa Larina isn’t alone, sadly enough. Most of the former Episcopalian konvertsy keep the “branch theory” in their hearts and lecture us on how “unloving” we are… you hear this from such sorts as Freddie M-G. Then, you have those like John Jillions… he was a paid hireling of the papists… well, isn’t that true of Vassa Larina as well? She works at a Catholic university… she got her position due to Bob Taft, a phony Jesuit “archimandrite”. Therefore, she really should preface any of her public statements with, “I’m a paid employee of the papists and I must do as they tell me. I may not agree with everything that I do”… that’d be honest. Otherwise, it gives the impression that she’s surrendered to the papists and become an in pectore Uniate.
That’s not “nice”… but it’s what I believe to be the truth. May my right hand wither if I refuse to speak out what I believe to be true… otherwise, I’d turn into a Victor Potapov or Vassa Larina… and I won’t do that, no I won’t.