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Friday, 6 February 2015

Excommunicated Uncanonical Pseudo-Patriarch Denisenko of Self-Proclaimed Irregular “Kiev Patriarchate” Bestows False Award on Russophobe John McCain

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F A Denisenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed uncanonical irregular “Patriarchate of Kiev and all the Ukraine (UPTs/KP)” awarded Russophobic US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) the “Order of the Holy Prince Vladimir I degree”. He presented the award to McCain in Washington “for his positive stance in support of Ukraine during the Euromaidan events and the Russian occupation of the Crimea (sic) and the Donbass (sic)”.  A “UPTs/KP” spokesman said that Denisenko “reminded Senator McCain about the debt of the Ukraine to the USA for its help in defending its independence (sic)”. Denisenko was in the US capital to attend a prayer breakfast organised by US President Barack Obama.  McCain is a known Russophobe; he advocates tougher sanctions against Russia and military assistance to the Ukraine. In March 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID added McCain to a list of nine officials and US Congressmen denied entry to Russia.

5 February 2015

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=57776

Editor:

This means that NO Russian Orthodox person can vote for or support the Republican Party in any way. I don’t care about the GOP’s “Pro-Life” bleats… the GOP hates our Motherland, its Civilisation, and its Faith; it wants to export to us its self-centred narcissistic greed (“the love of money is the root of all evil”… which convicts the GOP as theomachistic and anti-Christian). If you support the GOP, you spit on Christ and His Church. There’s no other way of putting it. The konvertsy and pigs like Paffhausen, Potapov, Trenham, and Dreher whore for the Republican Party… that should tell you about the depth of their Orthodoxy… very shallow, indeed.

BMD

Friday, 23 January 2015

Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev: “The Church Can’t and Mustn’t Take Sides in a Conflict”

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00 Novorossiya. refugees. Rostov Oblast. 22.09.14

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The Church can’t and mustn’t take sides in a conflict because by doing so, firstly, we help to promote that conflict, and, secondly, we marginalise people, regardless of their number… people who belong to our Church, but take another political stand.

Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk

Head of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS)

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Aleksandr Rogatkin: 

In any war, civilians suffer the most. That’s evident from the war in Novorossiya, in the Donbass. It’s destroyed schools, hospitals, and maternity homes… it’s damaged churches, as a church and its belfry with its shining cupola is an easy target for a gun-layer. One Cossack, who built a church with his own hands near Lutugino for twenty years now, told me that, for a whole month, Ukrainian artillerymen believed that a patriot observer was in the belfry and kept shelling the church. He said, “God preserved me, no shell hit the target”. However, the war destroyed some churches down to their very foundations. It affects all churches, not only Orthodox ones. In Pervomaisk, shelling almost completely destroyed the Baptist church. In Novosvetlovka, several shells hit the cupola of an Orthodox church, but its undergoing restoration now. A monstrous thing happened in that church. They used it to imprison the people of the town. They locked the locals in there for some time, and, later, the junta forces killed several [patriot fighters] with no investigation or trial, just because they had arms in their hands. They took them prisoner, executed them, and buried them a few metres from the church. In this connection, what should an Orthodox priest do? Does he have to favour a particular side? He sees shells flying into his church, wounded [fighters] and suffering civilian come to him. What must he do?

Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev: 

An Orthodox priest should identify with those who suffer. The Church is always on the side of those subjected to violence and aggression. The Church shouldn’t take sides in a political or civic confrontation. What do we see in the Ukraine now? Believers in our Church find themselves on both sides of the barricades. This has been the case since the January events.

Rogatkin: 

So, would you say that two forms of division bedevil the Church? Firstly, the Ukrainian schism divided it, as the self-proclaimed Patriarch Filaret led away a part of the flock. Now, the civil war divides it.

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

We shouldn’t say that there’s division in the Church. As for the schism, we say that some people separated themselves or fallen away from the Church for this-or-that political reason. Indeed, from the very beginning, the Ukrainian schism was a political project aimed at dividing the Russian and Ukrainian peoples. More than twenty years ago, they divided the Church; more precisely, they divided Christians because, I repeat, we never say that there can be division within the Church itself. We say that some people, groups of people, or hierarchs fall away from the Church. Today, there are divisions in Ukrainian Orthodoxy. Firstly, the people divided according to a doctrinal principle, then, some attempted to divide them according to linguistic and political principles, now, this division led to a civic confrontation victimising civilians. This is what the most terrible thing is. The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church/Moscow Patriarchate (UPTs/MP) doesn’t take a particular side in this conflict. She doesn’t say that we’re with the Ukrainian Army or that we’re with the [patriot fighters], or that we’re with this-or-that political force. On the one hand, the Church should be above political fights, on the other, it should stand together with those who suffer, with the victims.

Rogatkin: 

Do you remember those pictures from the Maidan when many Uniate priests took the side of the Euromaidantsy? They came forward with crosses and urged the crowd to attack the Berkut. It was so.

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

From the very beginning, the Uniates fanned this conflict, for they identified with one of the conflicting parties. I spoke about it openly at the Synod of Catholic Bishops in Rome, in the presence of Pope Francisco. After that, all the Catholic media, especially in America, most of all the Uniates, lambasted me. I stated a very simple thing… the Church isn’t supposed to participate in political struggle. The Church can’t and mustn’t take sides in a conflict because by doing so, firstly, we help to promote that conflict, and, secondly, we marginalise people, regardless of their number… people who belong to our Church, but take an alternative political stand. In general, the Church shouldn’t take any political position.

Rogatkin: 

However, it’s precisely a political conflict. If we recall, the Svoboda bloc seized churches belonging to the UPTs/MP. They handed them over to the schismatics or to the Uniates. What we saw in Maidan isn’t new at all. It’s been going on for twenty years. They shout, “Hang the Moskali!” They knocked down the doors of Orthodox churches and dragged out priests. One priest in the Western Ukraine told me that they used chains. He himself sat almost in chains for several days. Another priest from Rovno told me that in the 90s when he was 12, they seized his church and struck his father on the head. He heard them saying, “What shall we do with the priest’s kid? Let’s hang him; otherwise, when he grows up, he’ll turn into a Moskal priest”. He was only a kid, why, he didn’t even know where Moscow was!

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

Paradoxically, the Uniates, whose head is in Rome, positions themselves as the Ukrainian national church. The nationalistic media issues propaganda that the UPTs/MP, which comprises a majority of Orthodox believers in the Ukraine, is a Church governed from Moscow. That means that it’s OK for the leadership of a national church to be in Rome, but not in Moscow. Actually, the UPTs/MP is fully independent. The Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias doesn’t govern the UPTs/MP; it isn’t accountable to him either financially or administratively. We only preserve a spiritual relation. For instance, we’ll be ready to help when, God willing, they begin to restore churches in the Donbass. Certainly, we’d help in all possible ways. However, that has nothing to do with the internal financial life of the UPTs/MP. In this respect, it’s fully independent. The UPTs/MP elects its own bishops… Moscow doesn’t approve the nominations. The Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias only vets the election of the Metropolitan of Kiev and all the Ukraine. Nevertheless, this is more spiritual than actual.

We cherish this relationship because our spiritual unity is over a thousand years old, coming from the baptismal font of the Holy Prince Vladimir. This year, we’ll mark the millennium of the death of Holy Prince Vladimir. In 2013, we celebrated the 1,025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. At one time, Rus was one state. For the last thousand years, new political boundaries arose more than once, but that doesn’t mean that we should divide the Church into ever-smaller parts every time that there’s some new boundaries. If we’d done it in Africa, there wouldn’t be a united Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa, but 54 Lilliputian Orthodox Churches. The Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East, which unites believers in Syria and Lebanon, would’ve had division as well. The Church doesn’t unite people on ethnic grounds. We cherish our unity; especially today, it manifests its relevance, soundness, and importance. When politicians divide a society into warring parties, when soldiers liquidate people, the Church seeks to unite and reconcile all.

Rogatkin: 

Notably, the Ukrainian religious field is rather mixed. There are so many all kinds of sects… so many preachers bringing in crazy ideas. They enjoy respect, while the UPTs/MP is a pariah. They hate it and everybody mistreats it. That’s politics, nothing else.

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

The UPTs/MP is a victim of propaganda and political struggle; in the combat zone, it’s also a victim of the military conflict. You gave some examples. We have information that, regrettably, grows with each new report… 3 priests of the UPTs/MP are dead, 62 churches in Donbas suffered damage, some destroyed, others with serious damage, still others need restoration. All this supports what you said… there’s a purposeful struggle against the canonical Church; the Church is under attack. Really, churches are easy targets. Today, a great tragedy unfolds before our eyes. We can’t take it as a coincidence. If there’s a massed artillery bombardment, it may accidentally hit churches. However, if we see so many churches destroyed or damaged, it means that there’s a purposeful campaign. We can’t see it differently.

Rogatkin: 

That’s true, considering that the people there are believers. When Ukrainian paratroopers left the Lugansk Airport, the [patriot fighters] showed us what they left after them. Together with packed rations, there lay heaps of Uniate books. There were also Gospels and Bibles, that is, they’d all been parachuted specially for them.

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

When I openly state that the Uniates took one side of the conflict, that they stood behind the events in Maidan, that they were brought by bus from the Western Ukraine to ramp up interethnic hostility, they say… “No, it isn’t a political confrontation. This is how we express our political opinions”. This is what the Uniates say. We’re not at all happy with their answer. Indeed, if the Church has a call to reconcile people, it means that we should be with all those who suffer; we shouldn’t take a particular side; we shouldn’t say, “These people are ours and these people aren’t”.

Rogatkin: 

How do matters stand with the Pochaev Lavra? It’s one of the most significant holy sites of the UPTs/MP in the Western Ukraine. I remember how in February, just a week before the events in Maidan, they came to assault the gates to the Lavra. How do matters stand there now?

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

There were such attempts, but the Pochaev Lavra guards canonical Orthodoxy. There was an attempt to seize the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra as well, but these two monasteries keep strong the monastic spirit. The monks are well aware of what the canonical Church is and what the schism is. In the time of the iconoclastic heresy, the monks stood up in defence of holy icons. Today, our monks guard canonical Orthodoxy. I believe that the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, the Pochaev Lavra, and other monasteries will stand firm for the faith and canons of the Church. The conduct of monks during the Maidan events can serve as an example. When barricades went up and some prepared armed confrontation, monks of the Tithe Monastery in Kiev came out to stand under a torrential rain between the two warring groups in order to prevent them from fighting. I think such should typify the position of the Church and of Orthodox monastics.

Rogatkin: 

Over the last twenty years, how many churches of the UPTs/MP did they seize or destroy in this struggle?

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

If we speak of the parishes that recently transferred to the so-called “Patriarchate of Kiev”, according to them, there are 30 such parishes, but according to our information, there are 10. However, we should realise how this actually takes place. It isn’t due to free popular will, as a rule, its only done under very serious pressure. Let me give you an example. Recently, a declaration in Rovno Oblast appeared on the establishment of a united Ukrainian Local Church. It appeared under pressure from the local authorities. Amongst others, a bishop of the UPTs/MP signed it. Immediately, it raised many questions… will a united Ukrainian Orthodox Church arise within Rovno Oblast? Alternatively, is the Uniate bishop ready to disobey the Pope in order to join the projected united Ukrainian Orthodox Church?

Rogatkin: 

That is, not everybody understands what they sign.

Metropolitan Ilarion: 

They either don’t understand or yield to pressure. As a result, very soon after, the UPTs/MP bishop withdrew his signature; the Uniate bishop followed suit, whilst the Oblast governor got the boot. That’s the end of the story for you. In this case, there was very serious pressure. As for popular will, we saw a report about people making rounds with ballot boxes. They come to some baba who hardly can hear what they say and ask her, “Are you Ukrainian?” ”Yes, I am”. “Are you for Kiev?” “Yes, I am”. “Sign the paper”. “Your relatives, where are they?” “They aren’t here”. “Can you sign for them?” “Yes, I can”. You see, it is simply profanation. That’s how they transfer parishes of the canonical Church to these schismatic associations. It isn’t widespread, of course, but it happens. We should hope that it’d end. However, it’ll only end when peace returns to the Ukraine. We pray for it at every Divine Liturgy. Not only the UPTs/MP, but also all of the multinational MP prays that peace may return to the Ukrainian land. It’s our strongest desire. At the beginning of this New Year 2015, we ask God for that, we wish that He’ll send us this much-desired peace.

10 January 2015

Pravmir

http://www.pravmir.com/metropolitan-hilarion-church-not-political-position/#ixzz3PXjA2ezT

Editor:

It’s clear that all parties who associate with Uniates in these times of great emergency are anti-Christian elements… we must treat them as such. The Uniates are the Curia’s dagger pointed at our heart. All those (including Paffhausen, Potapov, Jillions, and Freddie M-G) who mix with Uniates spit on Christ and His Church. That’s that…

BMD

Saturday, 20 September 2014

R A Silantyev Sez So-Called UPTs/KP Extremist Organisation

01 Philaret Denisenko

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On Monday, R A Silantyev, head of the Human Rights Centre of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS), said that we should label the so-called UPTs/KP an extremist organisation due to its frequent seizures of canonical churches in the Ukraine. He told Interfax-Religion, “I’d draw your attention to the fact that seizures of UPTs/MP parishes are made solely on the initiative of the so-called UPTs/KP under ‘Patriarch’ F A Denisenko. They’ve already taken six of our parishes, and several more are under threat”. He said that nobody asks the parishioners what they want, “They justify such thefts at public meetings, which are attended by interested parties, most of whom aren’t parishioners. Even those who advocate close contact with the UPTs/KP such as Archpriest Georgi Kovalenko (head of the Synodal outreach department of the UPTs/MP) recognise that there’s a problem. That’s the first time that I agreed with him over the last six months. Reality shows us that the Banderovtsy don’t understand what ‘good’ means. The situation with Fr Vladimir Maretsky showed us this once again… they arrested him illegally in Kharkov, the protests of human rights advocates couldn’t free him, only a general prisoner exchange set him free. Because of things like this, it’s time to hit back at the UPTs/KP… we must recognise this group as an extremist organisation and close down its parishes in the Russian Federation and Novorossiya”.

15 September 2014

Russkaya Vesna

http://rusvesna.su/recent_opinions/1410782910

Editor:

Both the UPTs/KP and UGKTs are organisations “owned” by Langley. Therefore, the Russian Federation and Novorossiya should ban them immediately, as a matter of state security. They should send their clergy out of the country and close their parishes. All lay activists should go, too. That would solve the problem. The Uniates and schismatics hate Russia, so, no one should allow them to be in a situation to harm the Motherland. No one should harm or kill them… that’s descending to their low level. The Russian Federation and Novorossiya must expel them… they’re open agents of the American special services, and that’s that. There is NO compromise here. You don’t negotiate with an adder…

BMD

Saturday, 6 September 2014

6 September 2014. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Denisenko Sez Putin is “Under the Action of Satan”… Fancy That

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If this be “Satanism”, then, the world needs MORE of it… God bless Vladimir Vladimirovich. You can tell the measure of a person by the enemies that they attract… look at VVP’s enemies! Need I say anything more?

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Editor:

Real Orthodox people should have nothing to do with “Ukrainian Orthodox” or “Ukrainian Catholics”… they live in a surreal world of their own imagination, and issue outright insanity as public statements, as this proves. Cross yourself, pass the jug, and stay away from such sorts. It’s the safest policy…

BMD

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On Saturday, “Patriarch” F A Denisenko, the head of the so-called “Patriarchate of Kiev and all the Ukraine, said that President V V Putin fell under Satan’s spell and faces eternal damnation unless he repents. He squarely blamed the Russian leader for the war in the Ukraine. Canonical Orthodoxy doesn’t recognise the Kiev Patriarchate, it broke away from Moscow in 1992 after the fall of the USSR Union and the Ukrainian declaration of independence. This church (sic) is a rival of the Moscow Patriarchate, which is closely linked to Putin (sic), strongly supports Ukrainian nationhood, and the Kiev government’s struggle to defeat pro-Russian separatists (sic) in the eastern Ukraine (sic).

Denisenko said, invoking the Biblical character who killed his brother Abel, “With great regret I must now say publicly that among the rulers of this world … there has appeared a new Cain, not by his name but by his deeds. Like the first fratricide of history Cain, these deeds show that the aforementioned ruler has fallen under the action of Satan”. Denisenko issued the statement, entitled A New Cain, on the first full day of a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. At least 2,600 people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine since it erupted in April.

Putin is a baptised Orthodox Christian and has forged close ties with Russia’s Orthodox Church, seeing it as a valuable ally in his battle with what he sees as a decadent Western world. Denisenko, who recently took over the Kiev Patriarchate {this shows that the author of this piece knows NOTHING about REAL Orthodoxy… he’s like Dreher and Freddie M-G: editor}, said Putin had deliberately stoked the conflict in the Ukraine by sending mercenaries, troops, and weapons across the border and had spread lies via Russian media about what was really happening. Putin denies sending Russian troops into Ukraine or arming the separatists (sic), despite what Kiev and its Western backers say is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Denisenko said, “This ruler is cynically lying, saying his country is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, though he did everything to foment the conflict and maintain it. He calls himself a brother to the Ukrainian people, but in fact according to his deeds, he has really become the new Cain, shedding the brotherly blood and entangling the whole world with lies”. Denisenko urged Orthodox faithful to pray that Putin would “come to his senses”. Otherwise, he added, he’d face “an ignominious end and eternal damnation in hell”.

6 September 2014

Gareth Jones

Andrew Heavens

Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/putin-under-satans-influence-leader-kiev-orthodox-church-142555843.html

Editor:

This is crackbrained nonsense. However, note well that the “Ukrainian Orthodox” or “Ukrainian Catholics” will refuse to condemn it. They BLESS the junta murders… if that doesn’t prove to you that they’re not part of Christ’s Church, nothing will. Tserkovnost will tell you that “Ukrainian Orthodox” or “Ukrainian Catholics” are, at best, questionable (and, in the case of the Uniates, heretical to boot). Always keep a sense of “Church” in your heart… for the Church is Christ’s Body… not all who cry, “Lord, Lord”, will win the Kingdom of Heaven. Our Lord Christ Himself said so…

Note well the hatred gushed forth by “Ukrainians”. Such rot has been incessant since 1991… actually, it started much earlier, as anyone who’s had contact with “Ukrainian Orthodox” or “Ukrainian Catholics” can testify. Why does the innocent majority in these bodies put up with such arrant shit? Mark this down well… the innocent majority in these groups would NOT defend you if the nationalist nutters started to attack you. That’s a fact and that’s why you should have as little to do with such sorts as humanly possible. They’ve sold out to hate… and that’s that.

BMD

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