GREEK METROPOLITAN SERAPHIM OF KYTHIRA: CONSTANTINOPLE’S ACTIONS DIVIDE UKRAINE, GREEK SYNOD, MT. ATHOS, ENTIRE CHURCH (En)

Serafim Kythira
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Kythira, Greece, September 24, 2019

The granting of autocephaly to the so-called “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU) was lawlessly done under the pressure of geopolitical interest and deeply split not only the Ukrainian people, but also the Local Orthodox Churches, the Holy Mountain, and the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira and Antikythera of the Greek Orthodox Church believes, as he wrote in a statement published on the Greek site vimaorthodoxias.gr.

As he has publicly said before, the wisest solution to the Ukrainian debacle created by Constantinople’s ill-conceived and clumsy interference there would be to entrust the issue to a pan-Orthodox council of primates and representatives of the Local Churches. Met. Seraphim is in good company, as Synods, primates, and hierarchs from throughout the entire Orthodox world have continually called for a pan-Orthodox council to be called, though Patriarch Bartholomew has continually refused to hear the entreaties of his brother bishops.

Met. Seraphim has also called on his brother hierarchs in the Greek Church not to concelebrate with hierarchs and clergy from the schismatic OCU, as several hierarchs of the Greek Church have already done, lawlessly, as the Greek Synod has not entered into communion with the nationalist schismatics from Ukraine. Continuă să citești GREEK METROPOLITAN SERAPHIM OF KYTHIRA: CONSTANTINOPLE’S ACTIONS DIVIDE UKRAINE, GREEK SYNOD, MT. ATHOS, ENTIRE CHURCH (En)