The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate’s spokesman has just announced something major – Patriarch Bartholomew must now face anathema – excommunicated from the Orthodox Catholic Church, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church established by Jesus Christ in his Great Commission.
For those just getting acquainted with the story, the events date back to at least the 11th century when the German church began to exercise increasing control over Rome in Italy, and the eastern Church rejected this move. Then, in 1453, Constantinople fell to Ottoman forces. A view began to predominate that Moscow was the Third Rome.
These events line up with the end-times prophesies of the Christo-Islamic tradition. In the event that Bartholomew is excommunicated, it would represent not only this, but a number of other realities, known already to experts following these events for some time. That Bartholomew has been exercising de facto ‘Papal’ powers, those which precisely split the Church the first time when the Patriarchate of Rome and its Bishop declared full authority over the Church.
Thus, in the Orthodox Catholic Church, as opposed to the Roman (Germanic) Catholic Church, the practice of full Papal authority is rejected. Two other facts besides this: the Patriarchate of Constantinople does not directly represent a community commensurate with the nominal symbols of historic-commemorated respect he is given, this he acts illegally; and second, the change of power in Constantinople in 1453 to Islamic governance, made the Patriarch essentially an Ottoman puppet and begins the recognition of Moscow as the Third Rome which we are still in. This does not confer the Patriarch of the Moscow Church any more powers than Constantinople, but rather it means that Moscow is in a better position to preserve the structures evolved since the 11th century.
The decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to remove the anathemas from the heads of the two false Orthodox churches of Ukraine is absolutely illegal, and Patriarch Bartholomew himself must face anathema.
This was stated by the chairman of the Synodal Information and Education Department of the UOC Archbishop Clement.
According to him, the Moscow Patriarchate “definitely will not agree to such a union.” He added that he did not really believe “in the technical association of the Kiev Patriarchate with the second non-canonical Ukrainian autocephalous church, headed by Makariy.”
“The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is definitely not going to such an association. I do not really believe in the technical association of the Kiev Patriarchate with the second non-canonical Ukrainian autocephalous church, headed by Makariy. After all, Macarius categorically opposes Filaret to become the head of the united churches, on which he insists, ”Clement said.
The archbishop added that the decision of Constantinople to remove the anathema from Filaret and Macarius is absolutely illegal.
“He has no canonical right to this. I think that for such actions it is necessary to impose an anathema on Patriarch Bartholomew, ”he stressed.