The Sergianist MP continues its long fight against breakaway groups in Ukraine. Ever since the defection of Met. Philaret of Kiev, to become Patriarch Filaret of Kiev, and the attention he garnered (followed by years of scandal regarding his past associations in the MP and his personal life), Ukraine has been a battle ground between opposing groups. If one were to describe the situation among professed Orthodox in Ukraine, it would truly be a sad state; as it is, issues of nationalist loyalties seem to trump Orthodox theology (one side is composed of Ukrainian nationalists, and others of crypto-Russian nationalists). The important issues of the heresy of ecumenism, etc, seem to play little role in the fight between the Ukrainian nationalists church and the Sergianist loyalist church. Both sides, lamentably agree, embrace, or tacitly accept the heresy of ecumenism.
In a recent July meeting of several Sergio-Metaxakite hierarchs in Ukraine, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the tenure of famed pro-abortion Ukrainian MP hierarch, Vladimir Sabodan, a number of interesting statements were made. Aside from the 20th anniversary of Met. Vladimir’s reign over Ukraine, another reason for the meeting was to quell fears that one of the other heretical Patriarchates would unilaterally recognize the Ukranian nationalist patriarchate, led by former MP boss Philaret (Denisenko), especially as negotiations had been taking place between the KP and the Phanar.
The meeting in late July between an assortment of Sergianist-Ecumenist Patriarchal representatives demonstrated, that, at least on the surface, no change would take place. But, much more interesting, however, is the fact that the different heterodox hierarchs expressed what were completely contradictory opinions on ‘why’ they don’t recognize the break away KP. Obviously, both the Sergio-Metaxakites and the KP share the same doctrine as regards ecumenism, etc. I found the statement, however, from a State Church of Greece bishop interesting:
Metropolitan Nicolaos of Messogaia and Lavreotiki from the Orthodox Church of Greece said that recognition of the “Kievan Patriarchate” was out of the question, as the Local Orthodox Churches recognize only the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “The healing of the schism is her internal problem, and she must solve it without any pressure on the part of the other Orthodox Churches,” he said.
Metropolitan Nicolaos underscored the impossibility of recognizing the sacraments administered by the schismatics and told the journalists about a similar situation in Greece. The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece resolved not to recognize the baptism of the Greek Old Calendarists, but receive them back from the schism only through rebaptizing.
Rather interesting. Sounds like a standard position, after all, if the State Church thinks the True Orthodox in Greece are not Orthodox, etc, etc.. Though, it does demonstrate that the True Orthodox in Greece and generally elsewhere, who receive ‘New Calendarists’ and others by Chrismation display a greater degree of economy and condescension, though, supposedly the ‘Greek Old Calendarists’ are evil and hate-filled. But, I suppose the State Church of Greece is more concerned about chrismating Presbyterians and Congregationalists, and all that ecumenical blather.
Let’s see what another participant in the gathering of the Great Sanhedrin of the Devil said:
Archbishop Abel of Lublin and Chelm, who represented the Orthodox Church of Poland at the festivities, emphasized that schism was a sin, and any sin can be healed only through repentance. The Church has its own structure, discipline and canon law, and one cannot manipulate her. There is a simple and definite canonical path in the Church.
He added: “We live under rather difficult circumstances in Poland, because we do not have many Orthodox Christians in the country. We have signed a declaration on common recognition of the sacrament of baptism with the Roman Catholic Church as there are many mixed marriages. However, this is not a great problem, as both Churches have kept the apostolic succession… Schismatics would accuse us of receiving the Catholics and of not receiving our own, but I say that one should think on a deeper level. Archbishop Abel reminded the journalists that the head of the “Kievan Patriarchate” had been anathematized and that the structure he leads had no place among the canonical Churches.
Hmm. Interesting. So, the State Church clergyman says the True Orthodox have no sacraments and the Polish Sergianist Church states that multi-anathematized Papist schismatics and heretics have apostolic succession? And they signed a declaration accepting their ‘baptisms’? Obviously this writer isn’t defending the Kievan Patriarchate, but, the reasoning against it by the Sergianists is very weak and illogical. If the argument is that they have been anathematized by the MP, and that’s why they don’t have sacraments, then, by that logic, what about groups like the Papist who are heretics, schismatics, and fall under an whole host of anathemas for centuries? More so, I guess Abp. Abel doesn’t see his own situation whereby he falls under anathemas (“let him who prays with heretics….”etc..).
The MP, and its allies, and the KP, are all in the same boat. Perhaps, the KP is a little better in terms of it not being in communion with the Patriarchates of the Sergio-Metaxakite, but, it’s controlled, or run effectively, by one of their former top heads (who was disappointed he didn’t get made the big whig in Moscow, so, he left, joined the then nascent KP, after which its previous patriarch suddenly died…). However, both sides embrace full boar the heresy of ecumenism now, both sides have no desire, it seems to go through their history and retract their heresies, apologize, and seek to distance themselves from the bad of the past. It is as if they move on, and the heresy gets worse.