The Greek priest believes that the words of the head of the Phanar that there is no schism in world Orthodoxy due to the OCU is a deception, which means that the culprit of what happened, Patriarch Bartholomew, should be deposed.
Priest, theologian, publicist and head of the center for patristic publications in Athens, Protopresbyter John C. Diotis gave numerous examples of the schism in world Orthodoxy due to the Phanar’s gift of the Tomos to the OCU.
An article by Father John, which appeared on the pages of the newspaper “Κιβωτὸς τῆς Ὀρθοδοξία (” (Ark of Orthodoxy), was later published by Оrthodoxostypos…
In this article, the priest analyzed the following statement of Patriarch Bartholomew: “The unity of Orthodoxy is by no means put to the test because of the response of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the request of the Ukrainian Orthodox. The tomos of autocephaly was an act of responsibility of the Mother Church … ”.
Protopresbyter John believes that these words of Patriarch Bartholomew should be qualified as “deceiving mainly those who do not have information about this unprecedented ecclesiological scandal” (that is, the provision of Tomos to the OCU – Ed.).
Further, the priest gives specific examples indicating the fact that a split in world Orthodoxy does exist.
“Because of the Ukrainian question, the unity of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with half of Orthodoxy was completely destroyed, because the Moscow Patriarchate broke off canonical communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate,” he writes.
For this reason, says the priest further, “the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarch personally entered into a fierce conflict with the Patriarch of Jerusalem. This conflict continues to exist. “
Father John asserts that “the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is in a complete ecclesiological break with the new Patriarch of the Serbian Church Porfiry, who accused Bartholomew, stressing that the Ukrainian question is causing confusion in Universal Orthodoxy.”
In addition, he pointed out that “a big scandal continues in Greece after the pseudo-recognition of the Ukrainian pseudo-autocephaly with numerous publications and statements of high-level figures against the leadership of the Church.”
Also, according to the priest John, and “among the hierarchs of the Alexandrian Patriarchate there were unrest, and Patriarch Theodore was severely criticized for arbitrary and anti-canonical recognition of the false bishop Epiphanius as Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine.”
“The patriarchal authority of Theodore was incorrigibly undermined, as he fell into contradiction and inconsistency, since he recognized Onuphrius as the canonical Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine,” the priest wrote.
He recalled that “the Ukrainian question has caused an unprecedented controversy in the Church of Cyprus between the archbishop and the Metropolitans”, as well as “the Ukrainian autocephaly, which undermines canon law, has brought great confusion to Athos as well.”
The priest also referred to the opinion of “an outstanding theologian, Archbishop of Albania, Anastasius, who admitted that the Ukrainian question violates the unity of Orthodoxy and proposed to convene a Pan-Orthodox Council to heal this wound. The convocation of the council was also proposed by many others. “
Protopresbyter John claims that many “metropolitans, professors of theological schools and other learned theologians and clergy have declared that the non-canonical and arbitrary actions of Patriarch Bartholomew in this case have created and create multiple schisms throughout Orthodoxy.”
“There are dozens of publications that emphasize that the Ukrainian pseudo-mullet continues to cause confusion throughout Orthodoxy,” the priest emphasized.
Earlier, John Diotis stated that the Tomos of the OCU is “a pseudo-autocephaly, which Patriarch Bartholomew gave to his personal pseudo-church in Kiev,” and should be deposed.
In an article on the pages of the newspaper “Κιβωτὸς τῆς Ὀρθοδοξίας” (Ark of Orthodoxy) dated March 11, 2021, which was published by the newspaper Оrthodoxostypos, Priest John analyzes the appeal of Patriarch Bartholomew to the members of the Ukrainian delegation that visited him in Istanbul on March 6, 2021.
In this article, the priest claims that the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew to grant “autocephaly” to the OCU did not bring the declared result – healing the schism and unity of Orthodoxy, but only exacerbated the situation.
Protopresbyter John is sure that the Tomos of the OCU is “a pseudo-autocephaly, which Patriarch Bartholomew gave his personal pseudo-church in Kiev to the overthrown, self-ordained, anathematized and schismatics.”
Having cited many examples showing that world Orthodoxy has been split, the priest asserts that “the current Patriarch is subject to overthrow.”
As a substantiation of his position, he referred to the work of Metropolitan Panteleimon of Corinth, in which on page 481 it is said: “The Bishop, if he said falsely, and it was proved that allegedly the heretics of his diocese returned to the Orthodox faith, or that they returned thanks to him, but in fact, thanks to the actions of another, it is subject to overthrow. “
“If only for such a lie an extreme spiritual punishment is provided for the bishop, then how should Patriarch Bartholomew be punished?” Asks Protopresbyter John.