Patriarch Bartholomew will develop its «Eastern papism», according to ROC

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Starostambulski the Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoPatriarch Bartholomew will develop its «Eastern papism», according to ROC© RIA Novosti / Sergey Starostenko

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople intends to become the sole head of the entire Orthodox world, and a number of his recent actions, including in Ukraine, actually split the universal Orthodoxy to the liberal and the conservative movement, said the first Deputy head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media Alexander Shchipkov.

«Patriarch Bartholomew is obsessed with the Eastern papacy. He dreams of becoming the sole head of the whole Ecumenical Orthodoxy, by analogy with the Roman Catholic Church. He said that Constantinople has a kind of mystical exceptionalism in comparison with other Orthodox churches,» — said Tweaks in an interview with RIA Novosti.

According to him, other local churches will respond «negatively». The Agency interlocutor noted that «Constantinople is not the first time moving in the direction of secession.»

«If we look at the history, remember that Constantinople initiated the transition of Orthodoxy in the new style. This calendar schism was not healed to this day. Part of the local churches under the influence of Constantinople switched to new style, part, as the Russian Orthodox Church, not moved. Inside the Church of Greece, in Greece, millions of believers do not recognize this reform,» said Pinch.

He also reminded that in the 1920-ies it Constantinople supported the Renovationist schism in the Soviet Union artificially created by Trotsky and the other Bolsheviks. Then the Patriarch of Constantinople demanded that Patriarch Tikhon, later canonized, resigned and retired. However, at that time the Russian Church, according to Shipkova, «in the difficult conditions kept the purity of Orthodoxy.»

Today, he noted, Constantinople preaching the «liberal trend in Orthodoxy».

«We are talking about joint prayer with Protestants and Catholics, that, to put it mildly, is not welcome in Orthodoxy. Only Bartholomew legalized verebrate for the clergy — thing is also prohibited by the canons of the Holy fathers of the Church. From them you can always come translucent hints on the validity of sexual orientation, and so on. Moscow, by contrast, represents the conservative, traditionalist way of development in Orthodoxy, defends the purity of faith,» said Pinch.

According to him, Patriarch Bartholomew by his actions in Ukraine is a «schism in Ecumenical Orthodoxy on the liberal and conservative direction.» «And it is in fact officially led this liberal direction», — said the Deputy head of the Synodal Department.

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