Epiphany Dumenko and his group are ‘ministers of hostile political forces’—hierarch of the Jerusalem Patriarchate
Jerusalem, August 11, 2022
On August 4, His Eminence Archbishop Theodosius of Sebastia of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem issued a personal statement in which he shared his thoughts on the true meaning and significance of the Schismatics call on Constantinople to dethrone Patriarch CyrilIn a letter approved by the synod of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” on Wednesday, “Metropolitan” Epiphany Doumenko accuses Patriarch Cyril of Moscow of heresy and asks Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to remove him from the primate of the Russian Church.
“>letter from “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” calling on Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to condemn and dethrone Patriarch Cyril of Moscow.
His statement is published by the Department of External Relations of the Russian Church.
the abbot. Theodosius believes Dumenko’s letter contains false accusations against Pat. Kirill, and presents several personal theses on the question, accusing the OCU of being a political structure.
Dumenko failed to mention that it is “he and the schismatics under his leadership who are the main problem”, writes the archbishop. They are the cause of the schism in the Church and have no authority to initiate its resolution.
Primates of local churches should note that this “poisonous” letter only aims to deepen the current crisis, because “its resolution can only be achieved through dialogue”, including with the Patriarch of Moscow, says Msgr. Theodosius.
“Epiphany’s letter is of a very suspicious nature. Most likely, there are forces behind her that are hostile to the Orthodox Church, who resist the healing of the Church’s schism, but only want to aggravate it,” the hierarch of Jerusalem believes.
He calls on Pat. Bartholomew and all primates to begin canonical discussions to heal the current crisis. Those who ignore and attack the Russian Church only show that they do not really want a resolution of the conflict, writes the abbot. Theodosius.
The rupture of communion caused by the Ukrainian schism is very upsetting and “must be healed by love, wisdom, mutual forgiveness, mutual understanding and a common dialogue with the help of the canons of the Church”.
“We offer prayers for the end of the war in Ukraine. We are not supporters of war, violence and murder, but we promote brotherly love and peace,” His Eminence continues. May political conflicts be resolved through peaceful means, dialogue and mutual trust, he added.
All trust is in the Lord, and may He heal the schism and restore communion between all the local Churches, the Archbishop wishes.
The Orthodox “in the Holy City” hope for a solution to the problem of the Ukrainian Church, through peaceful negotiations. “To do this, it is necessary to firmly resist political pressure exerted by hostile forces pursuing the goal of deepening divisions within the united body of the Church of Christ.”
“We do not despair, but we hope in the Lord and pray to him to strengthen the primates of our Orthodox Church” to bring healing to the schism.
In conclusion, Abbot. Theodosius writes: “Pay no attention to the attacks of Epiphany and his followers, which in themselves are a problem, not its solution. They are all ministers of political forces hostile to our Church, who have triggered the current crisis, which requires a quick resolution.
the abbot. Theodosius also has Archbishop Theodosius of Sebastia: “We perceive the provocations against the Patriarch of the Russian Church as provocations against the entire Orthodox Church”“The charges against Patriarch Kirill are false and baseless. I want to emphasize once again that His Holiness has always called on both sides to reconcile, to renounce war and violence,” the Archbishop said.
“> spoke out against sanctions against Pat. Kirill, calling them a provocation against the entire Orthodox Church.
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