Below is our translation of an article from baltnews.lv originally published in Russian, with commentary by Vince Dhimos. By now all Westerners with a few brain waves left after the decades-long 24-7 assault on intelligence by the msm know that virtually the entire Western elite is making a supreme effort to denigrate and destroy Russia. It turns out that the Cold War was not about the Soviet Union or communism after all, it was about Russia and all things Russian, which the obedient sheeple are supposed to hate with all their mind, soul and heart in accordance with the wishes of the Elites who control Washington, the main ones of which are listed here.
It is racism pure and simple but we are given a million and one excuses to make it look like something rational and to paint Russia as an enemy even though it never was and, Lord willing, never will be. The propaganda campaign waged all around us is so overwhelming that a recent poll finds only about 5% of Americans who think Russia is more friend than foe. This is perhaps Russia's darkest hour. Yet the Russians remain undaunted, just as they did in the darkest moments of WW II.
Church matters are inherently arkane, and mind-numbing, to outsiders and I will not attempt to explain the tedious details of this matter. The main thing to know is that this movement is not religious but purely political and rooted in Russophobia.
Suffice it to say that this whole plot was initiated by arch-Russophobe President Poroshenko, who is currently stirring up war between the US and Russia in the Black Sea -- with the blessings of the US Empire. He prevailed upon the church fathers in Constantinople to declare the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, previously subordinate to Moscow, autocephalous, or independent. At first, perhaps nothing will change, but there will be a powerful movement and powerful propaganda in Ukraine to turn the Ukrainian Christians against their old patriarch, thereby creating a division against Moscow. The cultural is political.
Why autocephaly in Ukraine is dangerous for the entire Orthodox world
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople promised to provide Ukraine with autocephaly. He stated that the Constantinople Orthodox Church is not intimidated by any threats. What will happen to the Ukrainian church after its split?
Ukraine can get autocephaly. This occurred after the Sunday service in the temple of St. Foka Mesahoru in Istanbul, said the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. Video recordings of the speech can be seen on the Patriarchal page on Facebook. So, on April 17, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko asked the Patriarch of Constantinople to provide the autocephaly of the united local Ukrainian church.
"Now it is the turn of Ukraine, which will receive the status of autocephaly after a short time, I hope, despite the existing opposition, which there will be, because it is its right," said Bartholomew.
What is autocephaly and why does Ukraine need it?
Now the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is considered self-governing as part of the Moscow Patriarchate. Also in Ukraine there are churches that are not recognized by world Orthodoxy - "Kyiv Patriarchate" and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of all structures and the creation on their basis of a single autocephalous church.
In preparation for the granting of autocephaly, Constantinople decided to appoint Archbishop Daniel of Pamphylia of the United States of America and Bishop of Edmonton Hilarion of Canada [this was most certainly done under pressure from the US--Vince] to be appointed Exarchs in Kiev. The Russian Orthodox Church broke off diplomatic relations with Constantinople and stopped the commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew, finding the actions of Constantinople unnatural and illegal.
The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung notes that if the ROC (Russian Orthodox Church) breaks off relations with Constantinople, it will be the largest conflict between Orthodox structures since the separation of the Roman and Byzantine churches almost a thousand years ago. Thus, the largest church schism will occur.
If autocephaly is granted, then ...
“This will mean, firstly, a break in relations between Constantinople and Moscow, and secondly, it will without exaggeration, entail a religious war in Ukraine,” says historian Vladislav Petrushko to the Orthodox and Peace portal. According to him, the Patriarch of Constantinople should be aware that such a step would lead to a great conflict.
Doctor of Law, Professor of HSE [Higher Secondary Education] Alexander Domrin is sure that the granting of autocephaly in a country where a civil war is taking place is against the rules.
“The loss of the Russian Orthodox Christians thanks to the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, who cease to recognize him as the ecumenical patriarch, is also not very good.
Recall that in 1054 there was a Great Church schism, when the Christian church disintegrated into Western (Roman Catholic) and Eastern (Greek-catholic).
Previously at New Silk Strategies:
CAN THE POPE EVER PUT THE SCHIS BEHIND HIM?
Why Russian Orthodox chief left his chair empty at pope’s summit