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Metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv Theodosius: Patriarch Bartholomew has long realized that he has committed a grave error

“The actions of Patriarch Bartholomew have de facto led to a schism in world Orthodoxy,” the metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv Theodosius, a bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, stated in an interview with the A Bishop’s Word TV programme on the UkrLIve TV channel.

The metropolitan also noted that the primate of the Church of Constantinople had already become fully aware of his tactical error in granting the tomos of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, but cannot admit to doing so as it would harm his authority. “Patriarch Bartholomew has long realized that he has committed a grave error – a tactical error, not a strategic one. I think that he believes that he has acted correctly from the strategic perspective. This is what the Church of Constantinople believes in direct contradiction to the ecclesiastical tradition of interpreting the canons,” the bishop remarked.

The metropolitan did note, though, that someone who has realized that he has committed an error is not always willing to admit it.

“This is what we can see happening to Patriarch Bartholomew, I believe. Unable to admit his error, he continues to insist that black is white and vice versa, convincing himself that he is right, even though the entire Orthodox world knows that no unification took place and could not take place, for the simple reason that the largest religious denomination in Ukraine, which is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and which undoubtedly makes up the majority of the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine, took no part whatsoever in their so-called unification council (of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine),” said the metropolitan.

According to metropolitan Theodosius, “different branches of the schism united among themselves and all of a sudden are declared by Patriarch Bartholomew to occupy the place of the true Church.”

“A fake has taken the place of the genuine Church, which has historically existed here for more than a thousand years. How Patriarch Bartholomew viewed the situation from the window of his residence in the Phanar is markedly different from the way we view the situation which we feel and understand here in Ukraine in real church life. These are two absolutely different things. At the same time, I will say again that Patriarch Bartholomew has long realized that he has committed a tactical error but cannot admit to doing so in order not to lose his authority. This is what happens with proud people, unfortunately,” said the metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv.

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