12 September 2005, 00:09
Academician accuses Constantinople of an act of sabotage against Ukraine
Moscow, September 12, Interfax - Academician Petr Tolochko, an outstanding Ukrainian historian and People’s Deputy, described the intention of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to set up its own church representations in Ukraine as an act of sabotage against this country.
‘The establishment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople church representations in Ukraine is a political action, a new act of sabotage against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodoxy, intended to set the Church of Constantinople here, in her discontent with the Russian Orthodox Church, against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’, Tolochko said in an interview to the UOC press service.
In this way, he believes, ‘they archly try to unite today’s Orthodox Kiev with Constantinople’.
At the same time the academician noted that “the Patriarchate of Constantinople today is a ‘framed regiment’ which has a very small flock. In fact it is merely a symbol depended on support of others including the US State Department”.
‘Perhaps they have decided to feed a little on the communities in Ukraine. If they manage to have two parishes, the money collected from Ukrainians will go away to the Patriarch of Constantinople as well’, the deputy suggested.
‘They say Constantinople will united somebody here’, Tolochko continued, ‘But the point is that we in Ukraine have nobody to unite. There is the millennium-old canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and there are schismatics who have fallen away from her. They should repent and return to the bosom of the Mother Church. This is a church way to do. But some third justice of peace is not needed here. The Patriarchate of Constantinople itself ‘would like to give but cannot’, for it is itself ‘hardly alive’, as we here in Ukraine say, and has to feed from others’ hands. We do not need such a peacemaker’.
At the same time the academician expressed regret that the recent events in both religious and political life, in his opinion, do not add to optimism.
‘I can see how everything is being gradually diffused and destroyed’, he said, ‘because there are forces which are interested in depriving us of peace both in politics and in faith. Regrettably, we ourselves are lacking of potentials for building a solid independent country. The present political crisis is another evidence to it. We are not independent; we tend to negotiate our actions not only with Washington and Warsaw, but even with Vilnius, going begging to it. So our sovereignty is so relative that it does not inspire optimism in me in any way. And the actions of the Uniates and Constantinople are only links in this tragic chain’.