Our Twisted Sister

It’s no secret that Ukraine is experiencing a militarized resurgence of Nazism, forming a neo-Nazi militia called Azov Battalion which was subsequently incorporated into the national guard, making it an official part of the Ukrainian military.

They wear uniforms adorned with SS symbols, swastikas, and patches celebrating Nazism. Their stated  intent is to “lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival.”  (As long as it doesn’t include Russia.  Guess they haven’t figured out they’re from the same gene pool.)  

Azov Battalion has not only been legitimized by the Ukrainian government but has received support and training from both Canada and the United States. “  https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/02/11/the-resurgence-of-nazism-in-ukraine/

But that wasn’t enough.  The Azov Battalion insisted on an independent church that was theologically legitimate and Bartholomew of the Church of Constantinople, came up with a makeshift solution to solve their problem. 

It wasn’t ecclesiastically legitimate, but Bartholomew didn’t care.   He gave them the damn church they wanted.  To be more accurate, he gave them the Russian Orthodox Church; its parishes, monasteries, and property.  They just took it with his blessing. 

He didn’t care that his actions would pit the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the largest number of Orthodox Christians, against the Neo-Nazis in Ukraine who were looking for an opportunity to take on Russia on behalf of the West.  In fact, there can be no dispute that this was the intention all along which makes it hard to understand why he’d say the following:

We express our full sympathy to our brother, the Primate of the Church of Ukraine, His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanios of Kyiv, and our unwavering support to all the seriously suffering Ukrainian people, who have a deep faith in God and chose to live freely and to determine their own lives, as every nation deserves. Although, unfortunately, some have come, these days, to the point of questioning even their historical and national existence.

In the middle of the war (and make no mistake, this war was in the making since at least 2014), he makes an unordained bishop a “primate” and neglects to even mention the long-suffering Metropolitan Onufriy.   

On Oct. 11, 2018, Bartholomew uncanonically (and unilaterally) revoked the 1686 decision to grant Moscow jurisdiction over the eparchy of Kiev, and on Dec. 15, recognized Ukraine’s two schismatic “churches” as legitimate, without the support and acceptance from the vast majority of bishops from the Orthodox Church, causing the largest schism in the Church since 1054.

On Jan. 5, at a ceremony in Istanbul, the Patriarch of Constantinople gave the new “Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine,” Epiphanius I, the Tomos of autocephaly – a church document proclaiming the church’s “independence from Moscow.”  https://theconversation.com/why-a-centuries-old-religious-dispute-over-ukraines-orthodox-church-matters-today-109768

Formally, all of Ukraine was under the Russian Orthodox Church.  Bartholomew split the Church down the middle.  Following the split, tensions between the two churches escalated to the point where we are now.

This was intentional.  This was planned.

If Ukraine and its allies are successful in pushing back Russia, the Ecumenical Patriarch will have been responsible for helping the Nazis wipe out the legitimate Orthodox Church in Ukraine.  The OCU is already calling itself the “canonical” Church because they were cobbled together by Constantinople.    

The war in Ukraine wasn’t started by Russia.  This war had its beginnings at the hands of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople who, without the Church’s approval, created a quasi-religious structure for the United States to conduct its ‘well-intentioned’ political influence, which has brought suffering to thousands of faithful Ukrainians.  (Vladimir Legoida, head of the Russian Church’s Synodal Department for Relations Between the Church, Society, and the Media)  https://t.me/vladimirlegoyda/4193

In an article entitled, “Pyatt, Pompeo, and Orthodoxy,” Greek journalist and filmmaker Lamprini Thoma expressed the same view.

“It is one thing to be a captive, to be degraded in the hands of the Turks for centuries, and it is another to surrender happily to the hands of the United States, whose obvious goal is to dismantle the unity of Orthodoxy and use it as a weapon against Moscow,” she writes.

“If some had doubts about the fact that the U.S. is hiding behind the recent crisis between the Churches, they will probably now be convinced, precisely because of this characteristic uniqueness of Pompeo, who views Orthodoxy as another weapon of U.S. imperialist games,” she continues.

She also recalls that Geoffrey Pyatt, the current U.S. Ambassador to Greece, who regularly meets with Orthodox authorities, formerly served in Ukraine, during the Maidan crisis which he helped to instigate.

“It is time that we insist … that the unity of Orthodoxy, its survival in the new century, cannot pass through the imperial machine,” in which the U.S. creates a “war of civilizations” between the Western-leaning Greece, as the U.S. sees it, and the enemy Russia.

It’s fascinating to me how so many in the West believe Russia is at fault for wanting to protect itself from a brutal Nazi regime that routinely targets the Russian-speaking separatists who just want to get out of harm’s way.  What is Russia supposed to do with the Azov Battalion breathing down their necks, 30 some biolabs, and the $3.7 billion in military aid from the U.S.?

And who is Russia at war with?  It’s not Ukraine.  Not now.  Ukraine has long since exhausted its resources and Russia has suddenly found itself at war with the United States.

In March, Biden announce another $800 million assistance package to Ukraine which includes:

  • 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • 2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems;
  • 100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns, and 400 shotguns;
  • Over 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds;
  • 25,000 sets of body armor; and
  • 25,000 helmets.

In addition to the weapons listed above, previous United States assistance committed to Ukraine includes:

  • Over 600 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • Approximately 2,600 Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • Five Mi-17 helicopters;
  • Three patrol boats;
  • Four counter-artillery and counter-unmanned aerial system tracking radars;
  • Four counter-mortar radar systems;
  • 200 grenade launchers and ammunition;
  • 200 shotguns and 200 machine guns;
  • Nearly 40 million rounds of small arms ammunition and over 1 million grenade, mortar, and artillery rounds;
  • 70 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and other vehicles;
  • Secure communications, electronic warfare detection systems, body armor, helmets, and other tactical gear;
  • Military medical equipment to support treatment and combat evacuation;
  • Explosive ordnance disposal and demining equipment; and
  • Satellite imagery and analysis capability.

The U.S. has also produced short-range air defense systems the Ukrainians have been using to great effect and is helping the Ukrainians acquire additional, longer-range systems on which Ukraine’s forces are already trained, as well as additional munitions for those systems.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/16/fact-sheet-on-u-s-security-assistance-for-ukraine/

Who unleashed this monster in Ukraine sending 5 million refugees fleeing for their lives?  Who ignited the tensions between the Russian Orthodox Church and the faux Nazi church in Ukraine?

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from Constantinople.  When he calls for, “an end to the fratricidal war” he is lying through his teeth.  He was the one who lit the match and blew a hole in the Orthodox Church in the process.     

Ukraine is the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s most recent casualty, however, the rancid relationship between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and U.S. policies is a matter of record.  The connection is well documented, and the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas has published several articles that offer a first look at the evidence.

See their articles, “Secret 1950 State Dept Memo on Ecumenical Patriarch,” “Athenagoras: The Apostle of America to Orthodoxy,” “Patriarch Athenagoras’ Declarations of Loyalty to America,” “Ousting the Ecumenical Patriarch: the removal of Maximos V according to CIA records,” and “Greek Archbishop to proto-CIA: “Your directions will be executed faithfully.”  https://orthochristian.com/134333.html

WE HAVE GOT TO GET RID OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE.  They are terrorists who use the Church to ignite wars between nations.  This particular war advances the possibility of WWIII. 

What does one have to do to rectify this situation?  Please explain it to me because the Orthodox Church’s inability to act is not something I think Christ would be proud of.  We have been weak and ineffectual at dealing with this monumental problem of having a hierarch who thinks he can meddle in the affairs of other nations, creating ecclesiastical nightmares in the process.  Am I the only one who thinks this must be stopped?    

Mrs. M





  1. The Metropolitan of Morphou, if I recall correctly, has spoken about what certain Greek Elders have said to him. That we will have a crisis of the hierarchy in the near future (meaning today) but that Christ would rectify the situation. Given what we have seen with the scamdemic and the inability of the Church hierarchs to do what is right, besides a few, seems to speak to that. Fr. Peter Heers talks about all of the ecclesiastical problems being solved after Ukraine falls. Again from unnamed Greek Elders. So who knows but there is nothing you or I can do about our bishops but pray for them and endure.

    • Joseph Lipper says

      It’s all downhill for the Russian Orthodox Church at this point. Even if Russia wins in Ukraine, the Russian Church loses. They were supposed to have a bishop’s council this month in Moscow, but guess what? It’s postponed again to next Fall. Patriarch Kirill has become a pariah. Even Pope Francis has cancelled his planned June meeting with him.

      On the positive side, though, the present crisis is bringing some clarity on the need for boundaries for the ROC.

      • Gail Sheppard says

        Yeah, a war might put a kink in your schedule.

      • That’s all pitiful rationalization, akin to sour grapes. Neither the ROC nor Russia are a pariah anywhere except the West, which is a rather small cross section of humanity with which they can both do without. Pope Francis has been cheerleading for Ukraine and against Russia, so I’m sure he is persona non grata with the Russians. And frankly, I’d rather he never ever set foot in Russia or meet at any level with the ROC.

        As far as “boundaries for the ROC”, the Greek churches can’t do anything, having been excommunicated by the ROC. They could purport to “revoke autocephaly” for some period as has been proposed. Would the ROC even notice, apart from some perfunctory rejection of the nonsensical notion? Doubtful. That is all self delusion regarding their own power and significance.

        The ROC has no worries in this matter. They are allied firmly with the Rest and are losing no sleep. The OCU on the other hand . . .

      • ” Even if Russia wins in Ukraine, the Russian Church loses. ”

        Joseph, it is a very political and secular perspective. What about religious angle? It is not a game of win or lose.

        • It’s a nonsense perspective. Despite a handful of parishes in the West leaving the MP (the Amsterdam parish said that “felt unsafe” or some such nonsense), the missionary work of the Russian Church continues unabated, with ongoing growth in Africa and Asia and the steady growth of ROCOR here in North America.

          In fact, I think Russia’s two fingers being held up against globalism has created such a Russophilic sentiment outside the West that Russian culture – and with it , Orthodoxy – is now subject to much interest from Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, Latin Americans, etc.

          • George Michalopulos says

            I believe you have it completely correct, Basil.

            I myself saw it in my two trips to Russia –in 2016 and against in 2018. In the first trip (2016), because we were Americans, people –I’m not going to say fawned all over us–but we were viewed as members of a more enlightened and prosperous civilization. By 2018, I got the distinct impression that the bloom was definitely off the (Western) rose.

            In the four years since then, people all over the world (not just Russia) looked at abject horror at what we allowed to happen. I’m not talking just about Trannyism being elevated to divine status but the non-stop violence that followed the death of George Floyd. And then we borrowed a page out of the Third World and threw a duly-elected president out of office. Now of course, our economy is headed straight for the crapper.

            I’m going to ask an honest question from those who are of a more liberal, hesperophilic sense: what exactly is it that the West has to offer the 3/4 of the world’s population that is rooting for the Russians? At the recent G20 meeting, Janet Yellen tried to organize a walkout of the other 18 ministers when the Russian minister spoke. You know how many listened to her? Just two: the UK and Canada. The other sixteen had absolutely no problem with sitting down and giving a respectful hearing to the Russian.

          • In fact, I think Russia’s two fingers being held up against globalism has created such a Russophilic sentiment outside the West that Russian culture – and with it , Orthodoxy – is now subject to much interest from Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, Latin Americans, etc.

            I believe you are correct Basil.

        • Joseph Lipper says

          Martin, yes, what about the religious angle? The thing is, the religious angle of the ROC has now become inseparably intertwined with the secular angle of Russia’s “military operation” in Ukraine. So how does the religious angle of the Russian Orthodox Church recover when understood as ultimately being driven by a policy of “might makes right”? The message that people are seeing is that the ROC is almost synonymous with one of the world’s largest military and nuclear arsenals.

          I think we’re still in a period of denial for many, but I don’t see things getting better for the Russian Orthodox Church. Everyone wants peace, sure, but at some point the war comes to our doorstep.

          It’s reported now that the Ukrainian parliament is trying to pass a bill to sanction Patriarch Kirill and other Russian hierarchs, so the ROC is definitely in the crosshairs:


          It won’t be much longer when the U.S. government and mainstream media pick up on this as well.

          • Gail Sheppard says

            How does the “religious angle of the Russian Orthodox Church” recover? Are you kidding me? Recover from what? People are still going to Church, Joseph. And it’s this kind of talk that lets the whole world know that many of you aren’t Orthodox, though you think you are. – The Church doesn’t need to “recover” from anything. She stands.

            • Solidarity Priest says

              I think that is a veiled threat. Somehow, the Russian church will be declared a “terrorist” organization and therefore outlawed here in the US. It will be kind of like Poland, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia between the two world wars. You could be an Orthodox citizen of those countries, but no Russian churches were allowed; either ROCOR. or MP. I hope I’m wrong.

              • Joseph Lipper says

                No threat intended, just a guess. I certainly hope I’m wrong too, but that’s just how it appears to me.

                The U.S. government also locked up the Aleutian people in Alaska during World War 2 because of some imagined threat of them having ties with Russia, all while the Russian Church technically considered those Aleuts to be in schism!

              • Solidarity Priest, do you really think that could happen? After all—following 911—worshipping as a Muslim and closing down mosques didn’t occur. I think that the ACLU would get involved. Just my hunch.

                • Differenc eis that the globalist-controlled media ALWAYS makes excuses for the Saracens or simply covers up for them (“truck kills people at Christmas market” etc.) while Russia/Russians are being directly named and targeted.

                  If the globalists had “cancelled” Islam after 9/11 like they’ve “cancelled” Russia after Z was launched, they wouldn’t have been able to continue flooding the West with Mohammedans in order to weaken and destroy it.

            • Thank you, Gail!

            • Joseph Lipper says

              Gail, here in America, there’s Orthodoxy, and then there’s Russian Orthodoxy. There’s an important reason why the OCA was granted autocephaly during the Cold War with Russia. I think most of us would have to admit that it’s getting quite chilly again too.

              The OCA is certainly not anti-Russian by any means, but her autocephaly portrays a fundamental commitment to Orthodox Christianity here in our American polity, rather than any commitment to the nationalist designs of Russia, real or imagined.

              Autocephaly is a mechanism that helps to protect the unity of the Orthodox Church regardless of competing nationalist designs. It helps us to be real Christians in the polity and country we live in. For example, it would certainly be a gift and blessing to die in America for the sake of the Gospel and Orthodox Christianity, but it would be an entirely different thing to die in America, as an American, for the sake of a political commitment to “Holy Mother Russia”.

              • Gail Sheppard says

                Joseph, you are really crossing over into the Twilight Zone. Unless this is a threat. Please tell me you are not suggesting that the Americans who support the Russian Orthodox Church are going to die! Where is this language coming from? No one but you uses the term the “Holy Mother Russia”!

                • Joseph Lipper says

                  Gail, no threat intended whatsoever, but I am trying to draw a parallel to what’s happening in Ukraine to our American reality. We are in a Cold War with Russia right now. I don’t think there’s any way to ignore this.

                  Quite literally, in America, we have the Assembly of Bishops, and then we have the Russian Orthodox Church (MP or ROCOR) that refuses to participate. It’s two different groups.

                  Personally, I prefer to use the Jordanville Prayer Book, even with it’s petitions to “have mercy on the Russian Land and her Orthodox people both in the homeland and in the diaspora” and to “save the suffering Russian people from the yoke of the godless authority.”

                  • Gail Sheppard says

                    This may come as a shock, but the Assembly of Canonical Bishops isn’t something many Orthodox give much thought to because of repeated disappointments.

                  • Change it to “save the suffering American people from the yoke of the godless authority” and your prayers may be of some use.

          • Keep trying to convince yourself, Joseph. The Rada has been trying to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate for years without success, even before the operation started, so that’s nothing new.

            As I said, this current situation only opens new doors for the Russian Church.

          • LonelyDn says

            Forgive me, but again, Mr Lipper, you seem to be drinking State Department Kool-Aid along with the EP. Have you followed the money? Have you seen the EP and read his desire to join the Ukrainian schismatics and the papacy? He is very open about his intentions. He’s a total CIA asset.

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      • Brendan says

        On the positive side, though, the present crisis is bringing
        some clarity on the need for boundaries for the [EP].

        • George Michalopulos says

          One of the many silver linings to this conflict (and there are many) is probably the best one is the increased isolation of all of (traditional) Orthodoxy from the dying husk that is the West.

          It’s interesting but whenever it seemed that any of the polities of the Byzantine Commonwealth started getting too close to the West, the Lord sent a chastisement which heightened our estrangement.

          Examples include the Fourth Crusade, the Baltic Crusades in the North, the Polish-Lithuanian conquest of Moscow, Napoleon, Hitler, Cyprus, Kosovo.

          You think He’s trying to tell us something?

          Anyway, Russia will get along fine without puberty-blockers for children and transvestites ready fairy tales to children dressed as Baphomet. (And anymore, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.)

          As for the Fordhamite branch of Orthodoxy, that too will wither away in due time. It will be unlamented; if studied, only as an intellectual curiosity.

      • Antiochene Son says

        Even if Russia wins in Ukraine, the Russian Church loses.

        Why? Does the Russian Church control state policy? In what other country is this standard upheld? If Billy Graham told Bush, or if Jeremiah Wright told Obama, or Timothy Dolan told Biden, to stop their insane regime change wars, would they have done it? Seriously?

        I am grateful to have a Russian leadership that is in conversation with the Church hierarchy, and I am grateful that Putin at least promotes church attendance (if only for show in a Jeffersonian kind of way), but that does not make Putin a chrismated Orthodox Tsar.

      • LonelyDn says

        Brother, sounds like you’re consuming too much CNN/Fordham University/State Department nonsense. If the globalists couldn’t conquer the Church in Russia for 70 years with their brutal gulags, they ain’t gonna do it now. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered.

      • Lol, if Franky has cancelled his trip to see you, you know you’ve done something very right and for that, you should give thanks to God.

      • @Joseph

        My ROCOR parish is bursting at the seems, quite literally. It’s already a large parish and even during liturgy people are standing out in the hall. We have baptized well past 20 people in the past year and we are a mix of Americans, Slavs, Greeks, etc.
        Churches in Russia were packed at Pascha. Whatever “downhill” in the ROC you perceive seems to be not based in reality on your part.

        • Joseph Lipper says

          Petros, glad to hear it! It’s not just ROCOR parishes that are bursting at the seams though. Many parishes of different jurisdictions are growing also. Somehow, I suspect it had something to do with the isolation people encountered during the COVID lockdowns.

  2. John Anon says

    Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us.

  3. George Michalopulos says

    So, is peace in danger of breaking out? One would think so given these statements from Burrell (the EU’s top diplomat):


    Of course, somebody at State will get ahold of him and he’ll issue a “clarification.”

  4. George Michalopulos says

    BTW, if anyone is interested in the ideology of the Ukronazis and their kinship with many in the various racist communities in the West, all one has to do is google these numbers: 1488.

    I’ll do it for you: the “14” are the “the fourteen words” of this credo: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

    The “88” are a repetition of the eighth letter in the Latin alphabet (i.e. “H,” as in “heil Hitler!“)

    Does that clarify things?

    • “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

      Is this a bad thing, though?

      • George Michalopulos says

        Basil, I didn’t say it was. I too, believe in “diversity.” I have a problem with the “88” however.

        Seriously, I just want the Left in the West to know which bed they are sleeping in. And then to rub their collective faces in it.

        I really do.

      • Gail Sheppard says

        Of course, I want to secure our existence and a future for our white children.

        But as a former babysitter, preschool teacher, teacher’s aid, head of a church nursery, “cookie mom,” soccer mom, cheerleading coach, and the 11 or so adolescents my husband and I took into my home at various times when they needed help, I’ve never met a kid whose existence and future I wouldn’t want to protect.

        The thing with kids is they all deserve the best. Sadly, they don’t always get it, and therein lies the problem.

  5. Well, it would be nice if the rest of the Church would excommunicate (and anathematize) the Church of Constantinople. Only Russia has excommunicated it and none have anathematized it for its heresy of sine paribus which facilitates such diabolical projects as you have described. That’s the first observation.

    But secondly, many of us have severed any emotional tie or focus on the Phanar. Yes, they operate as a wing of the American State Department – enough said. It is that easy to write them off as bad actors and merely an extention of US foreign policy. They deserve no more consideration than that. Abolishing them means ostracizing them inasmuch as we lack the power to physically put an end to the patriarchate.

    One does not beg the sun for mercy.

    In the long run, they will lose big. America is being marginalized on the world stage and the Troika of Russia/China/India is ascendant.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      They’re going to have to do something at some point. The more they ignore his antics, the more he acts out to get recognition.

      The problem isn’t Batholomew, per see. The problem is with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. There are probably 10 men, just like him, waiting in line to wave his magic wand.

      • Agreed. Emanuel, Elpidohphoros and others are just like him. There are others that are “less bad” yet I’m sure still hold his ideology.

        I’m wondering how the POC was handles after Nestorianism, was it censured?

  6. Thanks for being bold and clear. Amen.

  7. Anaxios Kirill….war is not the answer from Holy men…

    • “Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.” – 2 Kings 14-19

    • Gail Sheppard says

      The Church is not an arm of the government. At least they shouldn’t be.

      Bartholomew’s splitting the Russian Orthodox Church in two at the behest of a politician seeking re-election may have been the impetus for the lid flying off the pot in Ukraine. It’ certainly didn’t add to the goodwill between Russia and Ukraine.

  8. Lawrence B. Wheeler says


    I agree with you, Gail. Throw the bums out!

    Now, how do you we go about doing that? We’ll need a plan.

    • Lana Ivanova says

      And what to do about Kirill?

      • Patriarch Kirill may have personal flaws, as we all do, but he really hasn’t done anything wrong from an ecclesiastical standpoint. He’s literally been on the defensive against the EP since he became Patriarch. His crime, in the eyes of some, is simply not toeing the globalist line on Russia’s special operation.

        • Gail Sheppard says

          That the powers-that-be could make such a big story out of what someone didn’t say is astounding to me.

          • It’s the Theology of Sherlock Holmes:

            “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
            “To the curious incident of the dog in the night time.”
            “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
            “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

            “The Adventure of Silver Blaze,” 1892

      • Well, I don’t think we can promote him, at least not during his lifetime.

  9. “Am I the only one who thinks this must be stopped? “

    No, you’re not. Based on our experience the past 100 years, we know there will be no “spiritual court” or “pan-Orthodox council” to deal with heretics like Bart anymore. We’re in the age of apostasy. There are remedies like ROCOR’s “Anathema Against Ecumenism” or “Canon 15” but the ‘canonical’ World Orthodox well has been poisoned to the point where if these are used one is deemed schismatic. In fact, even trying to escape heresy and the geopolitical communion one is called schismatic. This shows how infiltrated the Orthodox Church is at this point. Blessed Fr. Seraphim Rose understood the lay of the land back in the 1970’s and we would do well to revisit his commentary on this problem as time has proven him right.

  10. Peter Schweitzer says

    Another excellent piece of which we need more in the English-speaking world. The MSM lies to us and we need sites like yours to counter this. Thank you again!

  11. Thos Paskha the chrism making was a potential litmus test. The normal participant Churches effectively opted out by being no shows.

    • Gail Sheppard says


    • I think God has allowed all of this to play out and has allowed Bartholomew to overplay his hand for the entire Church to see. Now there is no chance for Bartholomew to hide what side of the bread his butter is on.

      No one wanted to do his meeting prior to Pascha, no one showed up for the chrism making.

      Part of me is glad all of this happened because it has finally shaken Orthodoxy out of complacency and sweeping things under the rug. Now, what do the patriarchs do about it is the real question.

      Bartholomew has two options: Go to Rome. Or, give a massive “Mea Culpa” and let a council determine his fate.

  12. If anyone were to believe what you are writing, they would think that Ukraine has been overrun with Nazis who make up a vast majority of the military in Ukraine and that the responsibility for this war is not Vladimir Putin but instead, Patriarch Bartholomew. Whether or not the EP has any responsibility in what is happening, it is ludicrous to claim that he is primarily responsibility for Vladimir Putin sending troops to Ukraine and the atrocities his troops are committing. I hear regularly from Ukranians (under both Orthodox churches in Ukraine) who have relatives in Ukraine, and they would consider the conspiracy/ies you are promoting to be ludicrous.

  13. Although, unfortunately, some have come, these days, to the point of questioning even their historical and national existence.

    The same could be said about the American South.

    There’s an old joke that in every Klan meeting you have two guys from ATF, three from FBI, two from DHS, and one actual Klansmen. These “Neo-Nazis”, domestic or abroad, are all set up and funded by the federal government. George Lincoln Rockwell was an exception.

  14. “Although, unfortunately, some have come, these days, to the point of questioning even their historical and national existence.”

    There are legitimate questions about Ukraine’s validity as a national idea, not merely as a state. There is a history of development there. Particularly if one is concerned with Orthodoxy, one should be interested in critiques of Ukrainianism. There was a direct effect on church life there from the nationalist movement. It is a fact that the Ukrainian national idea was primarily supported by Uniates in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and did not spread until the Soviet Period. It is a fact that most Ukrainian nationalists who consider themselves Orthodox have a long history of schisms.

    All of this should be questioned. If one is going to critique Russia, 3rd Rome, Russophilia, MP, etc. one can also critique literal Uniates and schismatics and their national ideas. What else would an Orthodox Christian do? The basis of Ukrainianism is an alternative to Russia’s Orthodox Tsardom, and came about after the work of the MP restoring Orthodoxy (from Uniatism) in what is now Ukraine and Belarus from 1686 onward. I suppose that makes sense if you’re a Uniate.

  15. Hello George and Gail. Thank you for bringing these things out in the open. Many in Russia are aware of what is really happening in Ukraine, not only through the Russian language media, but through friends and acquaintances who live in Ukraine. I see by some comments that some of your readers can’t get their heads around all this, and it almost seems futile to contradict them, because they are so conditioned by the US narrative.

    It is heartbreaking to hear from friends in Ukraine, not only about the Nazi atrocities, but also that the West is forcing Ukraine to keep fighting to the last Ukrainian, and most of the men are being sent to their death, aged 17 to 60. Every battalion has military police from the Azov or another Nazi battalion, and so these hapless recruits cannot desert or capitulate. They are informed that they will be killed by the military police. These deaths can be laid at the US government’s door.

    Thankfully, there are some journalists who are reporting the truth on the ground, and people can watch them (as long as they manage to stay online). Here is a good site, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UppxrKiNkzg. It does a decent job of explaining what’s happening and debunking the narrative created to get Westerners to keep supporting the obscene supply of weapons (many of which, by the way, are immediately destroyed by the Russians. So really, who is the winner in this scheme?) This war can stop, but it is now clear that if the Russians pull out without accomplishing the denazification and demilitarization, it would be a crime against the Ukrainians–because if the Nazi forces are still at large, anyone suspected of supporting the Russian operation will be massacred.

  16. New prediction (could 100% be wrong):

    In regards to the recent trip that Bartholomew made to Warsaw to meet with Duda and Met. Sawa, if the news that Poland plans on going into Ukraine and possibly annexing Lviv/western Ukraine is true, this might explain the ecclesiastical visit.

    Seeing how Met. Sawa oversees the POC I’m guessing Bartholomew asked him to absorb the OCU into the POC. I would assume that Met. Sawa either said “no” or that there are major stipulations.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Poland refused to acknowledge the OCU. I can’t imagine they would consider absorbing them at this point unless they become. . . well, Orthodox.

      The OCU’s deacons, priests, and bishops would all have to go through a formal ordination process with Poland> If they refused to do it in Ukraine, they’re probably not going to do it in Poland. Nor would Epiphany be willing to give up his following in Ukraine to Poland or Poland welcome his following in Poland, allowing him to be the Patriarch, which Batholomew called him the other day.

      See, this is why what Bartholomew did is such a mess. Had he followed the canons and insisted the OCU clergy be ordained, they might have been welcomed somewhere.

      It will be interesting what, if any, stipulations they come up with.

      • would all have to go through a formal ordination process with Poland

        Yep! That’s what I meant by major stipulations, Met. Sawa has been a vocal supporter of the UOC & Met. Onuphry. My guess/hope is that Met. Sawa told Bartholomew to “pound sand.” That would explain the glum look on everyone’s faces in the picture.

        • the glum look on everyone’s faces in the picture.

          To be fair, outside of the States, this is literally the default look for Orthodox hierarchs in photos.

          Only in America do we get the episcopal toothy grin.

  17. Anonymous II says


    A bill on sanctions against the primate and three other high-level representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church has been submitted to Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

    Draft resolution No. 7332 was registered on April 29, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists with reference to the official Rada website. Similar calls have come from other states and organizations as well.

    The bill calls for sanctions against His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, DECR Deputy Head Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, and His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov and Porkhovsk, who, according to the bill, is “Vladimir Putin’s confessor and a person close to the Russian special services.”

    The draft law is proposed by more than 20 deputies from the Voice, Servant of the People, European Solidarity, and Freedom parties, including the authors of the recently submitted bills calling for a total ban on the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

    The text states that representatives of the Russian Church have “repeatedly publicly supported” the “armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” which the authors characterize as “genocide.” According to the bill, they “perform the function of civil servants in religion, implementing the policy of the Russian Federation through the means of power and influence available to them.”

    The explanatory note points to a number of statements from the Patriarch concerning the fratricidal war, and also identifies the given metropolitans and Fr. Nikolai as the main developers and defenders of the idea of the “Russian World,” which the authors believe “denies the existence of the Ukrainian people as a separate nation, and is based on distorted stories of Orthodoxy and a rewriting of the history of Kievan Rus for the benefit of Moscow.”

    The proposed sanctions include a ban on entry and the blocking of assets, the deprivation of Ukrainian state awards, a ban on the acquisition of land and other properties, the temporary restriction of the right to use and dispose of property, the restriction of trade operations, and the prevention of the withdrawal of capital outside of Ukraine, among other measures.

    And last week, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in an interview that they have submitted a proposal to the European Union to personally sanction Patriarch Kirill.

    “There is such a proposal… We do not yet have the final answers on whether it will be possible to do so,” Landsbergis said.

    Russian Church representative Vladimir Legoida, head of the Synodal Department for Relations Between the Church and Society and the Media, commented that such a proposal can only be called “absurd.” Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has also condemned the proposal as part of an “anti-Russian frenzy.”

    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister also noted that there is talk amongst some clerics of the Orthodox Church in Lithuania of leaving the Moscow Patriarchate and joining Constantinople. In fact, according to the hierarchs, a handful of clerics have been suspended for schismatic agitation.

    His Eminence Metropolitan Innokenty of Vilnius and Lithuania has strongly condemned the fratricidal war in Ukraine, and the Lithuanian Church held a large cross procession for peace in Ukraine and Church unity in Lithuania on Saturday.

    The ecumenical organization the World Council of Churches is also facing calls to expel the Russian Orthodox Church, “with detractors arguing the church’s leader, Patriarch Kirill, invalidated its membership by backing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and involving the church in the global political machinations of Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

  18. Anonymous II says

    Ukrainian authorities are cracking down on anyone suspected of aiding Russian troops under laws enacted by Ukraine’s parliament and signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky after the Feb. 24 invasion:


    • These two moves cited above will only assure the utter destruction of the Ukrainian state. They seem to be determined to subject their people to misery and even more determined to to destroy themselves.

      It is all so very tragic. Lord have mercy.

      • Hopefully the Russians will leave a different Ukrainian government in place, if any.

  19. Gail Sheppard says

    We are not in a cold war with the Church.

    What some little girl says about the Russian Church is hardly a priority.

    • Joseph Lipper says

      What is the U.S. non-participation of ROCOR and the MP in the Assembly of Bishops? Sounds like a Cold War to me.

      • Gail Sheppard says

        They are not in the Assembly because it’s under Elpi and Elpi is under Bartholomew and Bartholomew no longer exists to them. They are not in a “cold war”. ROC, ROCOR, and soon those who side with Russia will not be participating in Bartholomew’s initiatives. To be in a war you have to engage and ROC is not.

        • I would call it a refusal to cooperate and/or negotiate with evil.

        • “Cold war” is a political term used to describe a state of non-violent hostility between two great powers. The word describing the Phanar/ROC split is “schism”. The ROC has excommunicated the Greek churches which have recognized the schismatic OCU. As far as the ROC is concerned, the Phanar is no longer canonical Orthodox and we do not count it as part of the Church. However, unless and until a local council condemns it as heretical, we cannot say that its mysteries lack grace.

          Thus, for example, the remaining “first among equals” is the Patriarch of Antioch. And, since Alexandria followed the Phanar into schism, the ROC has received many of its clergy and parishes under the omophor of the MP. It is not that we are in some state of hostility with the Phanar. We no longer recognize it as Orthodox. They might as well be Episcopalians.

          There are two communions slowly forming: one around the CP and one around the MP. The CP will lead its followers into a Unia and the MP will lead the vast, vast majority of Orthodox believers in a continuation of the Orthodox Church. This simply has to play out over time, but that has been the trajectory of the Phanar for a century now so one need not doubt.

          Remaining a communicant of the CP is the choice to join a Unia.

  20. Anonymous II says

    Angry Diplomatic Row Escalates Between Israel & Russia:

    Very interesting, not quite sure what to make of it: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/angry-diplomatic-row-between-israel-russia-over-hitlers-jewish-blood-remarks

    • George Michalopulos says

      FWIW, they did an ancestry.com on several dozens of Hitler’s existing relatives and found significant levels of DNA from North Africa and Middle-East.

      Hitler himself believed that he had some Jewish ancestry. (His father was illegitimate and there were rumors that his paternal grandmother was a maid who had been impregnated by a Jewish youth in whose family she worked.)


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