The Patriarchate of Constantinople creates the conditions for the invasion of the territory of one Church to another local Church.
Such opinion during the press-conference in information Agency “ГолосUA” said the Archbishop Clement, the President of the UOC-MP.
According to Bishop Clement, a very sad event is happening in the life of the Orthodox Church, in a theological sense, from the point of view that all Orthodox churches are one single entity, and all Christians should be in unity with each other.
“The Church must set the example of the Christian attitude regarding those challenges which at the present time made the Church the source of many problems. The Patriarchate of Constantinople creates the conditions for the invasion of the territory of one Church to another local Church – Constantinople Patriarchate,” explained the priest.
The Archbishop added that we are witnessing a situation when the Orthodox Church, instead of to say the Word of God, to instruct believers in the truths of the gospel, are struggling for the approval of the championship, who should pronounce the name of a Patriarch. It all comes down to a real extraction of tangible property.
“Judging by the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, this Church is actively engaged in the process of establishing its structures in the territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Declaration on the establishment of their stauropegic monasteries and other structures – is alarming, because such actions are nothing more than invading the canonical territory of a non-spiritual intercession and spiritual feeding of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Such actions are a direct violation of the canons. Such decisions, especially those decisions that are associated with the legalization of dissenters in Ukraine, will not give the dissenters of grace or Holiness, but they will create conditions to consider the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the same founder of the schism, as perpetrated Filaret,” – said Lord Clement.
According to the Archbishop, the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople will lead to the purely material consequences. The territory of Ukraine is subordinate to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Constantinople declared it its own, and the spiritual goals are pursued purely mundane, material goals. It is a way to catch “fish in troubled waters”.
Lord Clement also said that the other day, the President promised to transfer the possession of St. Andrew’s Church to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This is a precedent that the state directly intervenes in Church Affairs.