Yakushev: behind Patriarch Bartholomew are hostile Russian forces

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Counselingi the Patriarch, the Primate of the Constantinople Orthodox Church Varfolomey IYakushev: behind Patriarch Bartholomew are hostile Russian forces© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The question of granting autocephaly to the Church in Ukraine is part of a program of certain foreign circles by applying powerful geopolitical blow to Russia, says Vice-President of the Foundation of St. Basil the Great, historian-orientalist, candidate of historical Sciences Mikhail Yakushev.

«Behind the Patriarch of Constantinople are the political forces hostile to the Russian government, who clearly understand that in order to weaken it, now is the time to strike at the Church… Try to see the context: you’ll see the Olympics, doping scandals, Cretan Cathedral is also a stage of great way to undermine the foundations of the Russian Orthodox Church and the application of a powerful blow to Russia. When you see what’s going on, then you better begin to understand that all this is not accidental,» — said Yakushev at a press conference in MIA «Russia today».

According to him, the Ukrainian security services right now pay attention to the fact, «who will go (to the new Constantinople structure – ed.) who is trustworthy and who is unreliable». Who came to Ukraine, the Exarch of the Patriarch of Constantinople, according to the expert, are «Russophobes and zapadentsev». The US special envoy for denominations, he added, also came to Ukraine and «fueled the situation» getting into Church business.

«And then will decide what to do with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It will be recognized as «agent», it can be generally recognized as non-canonical as the Communist party in Ukraine. Coming very terrible events, and it can be assumed that without the blood there will not be, as in the Donbass», — said Yakushev.

«But, again, after this storm and the storm still has to come some kind of enlightenment, I believe that people still come to their senses and repent,» — said the expert.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople decided to proceed with the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine, and to immediately restore the stavropegic (office, directly subordinate to the Patriarch of Constantinople) in Kiev. Constantinople also decided to cancel the anathema and all prohibitions imposed by the Orthodox Church at the head of the self-proclaimed «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret, and restore it, and also the leader of another non — canonical structure-the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Macarius and their followers in the Church rights and dignity. And their flock — «to restore to communion with the Church.» Thus, Constantinople was first recognized as legitimate schismatic Church structures in Ukraine. In addition, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has actually said about their rights in Ukraine, withdrawing legal obligations historical writing in 1686 on the transfer to the Moscow Patriarch the right to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev, who was elected Cathedral of his diocese.

ROC called the decision of the Synod the legalization of the secession and stated that they will cause catastrophic damage, touching the lives of millions of people not only in Ukraine but throughout the Orthodox world. Communication with Constantinople schismatics destroys the canonical Orthodoxy, the absurdity of the lifting of the anathema with Filaret obvious, said press Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

UOC, in turn, did not rule out a break communion with Constantinople and the imposition of an anathema on the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, noting that he believes the decision of Constantinople for the Ukrainian non-canonical churches, deeply hostile act and interference in the Affairs of the local Church.