Prior to Flip-Flop, Alexandrian Patriarch's Statements Defending Canonical Church in Ukraine

"... after Patriarch Theodore commemorated Epiphanius at the liturgy in Cyprus, the clergy were given letters with the text: Onufrius - Metropolitan, Epiphanius - schismatic, Theodore - Judas"

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Greek media published a compilation of statements by Patriarch Theodore II about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria was reminded of his recent support for the canonical Church in Ukraine.

Alexandrian Patriarch Theodore II visiting Odessa, Ukraine, in 2018 — photo: eparhiya.od.ua

Greek media reminded Patriarch Theodore II of his support for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and published a video with a selection of statements about the UOC during his stay in Odessa in autumn 2018.

In particular, the Greek edition of Katanikhi after the Oleksandriyskiy Patriarchate recognized the PCU, reminded Patriarch Theodore of what he had once said: "Whoever forgets the Rules forgets God. Anyone who has forgotten the canons forgets that this church is ruled by Christ."

Journalists write that during his tour in Ukraine from September 27 to October 1, "the patriarch visited the Metropolitan of Odessa Agafangel, and many churches and monasteries in Odessa. In every church he visited, he told believers that they should stay in the Ukrainian Orthodox Canonical Church."

The edition stressed that Patriarch Theodore "insisted that in order to achieve salvation they (the believers of Ukraine - Ed.) must belong to the Canonical Church." However, according to journalists, "it seems that for Alexandria salvation can now be found in the divisive movements."

To confirm its words, the publication published a video with the following comment: "Look at how passionately Patriarch Theodore urged believers to always remain under the omophorion of the Canonical Orthodox Church."

Additionally, the journalists published a video selection of some quotes from the statements of the head of the Alexandria Patriarchate regarding the UOC.

For example, on September 27, 2018, Patriarch Theodore said in Odessa: "The Way of Truth is the Way of the Canonical Church. There is a canonical Church in Ukraine. Stay loyal to her."

September 28: "The Church of Ukraine must remain in its canonical status. We, the patriarchs of the East, do not need to give her anything, because she already has it as the Orthodox Church of Christ."

October 1: "...But most of all in these difficult days of Ukraine I am glad to be with you (Metropolitan Agafangel - Ed.). Tomorrow my work begins to inform and tell all the Primates what I saw in Ukraine. I bless you all - stay with the canonical Church of Ukraine."

Previously, the SPM wrote that after Patriarch Theodore commemorated Epiphanius at the liturgy in Cyprus, the clergy were given letters with the text: Onufrius - Metropolitan, Epiphanius - schismatic, Theodore - Judas.

Source: spzh.news (Russian)

English Translation by Maria Andreevna Makarow

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