According to the Wikipedia page, “On 5 January 2019, Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, signed the Tomos that officially recognized and established the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and granted it autocephaly (self-governorship)”. Several months prior to this historic event, Constantinople declared the basis for supporting Kyiv’s aspiration: “At its formal session on April 20, 2018, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople voted to proceed with taking the necessary steps for granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine. This decision was made after extensive study and discussion based on the responsibilities and rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as enumerated by the sacred canons, and the historical reality that in 1589 when the Church of Russia received its status as a patriarchate from the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Metropolis of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, was not included but remained under the jurisdiction of Constantinople. Additionally, within the Patriarchal and Synodal “Praxis” (act) of 1686 there is further affirmation that Ukraine remained under the Ecumenical Patriarchate.”
The two highlighted facts reveal a very unpleasant truth for Moscow – its church received its status much later than they wanted other people to believe. And, what is even more important, they have no right to be in charge of the Ukrainian church. In short, they are imposters who occupied Ukraine’s temples and religious life.
In the Gospel from Mathew 7:15-20, there is a simple test to distinguish a Christian religion from a non-Christian: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them”. What was and is the fruit of the Russian Orthodoxy? Have they been the sheep or the wolves?
British traveler of the 18th century Dr. Edward Clarke in his highly acclaimed ‘Travels in Russia” describes a story that took place at the court of Catherine II, and “the truth of it, on account of its notoriety, will not be disputed by either party. Whenever a quarrel among the Cossacks causes them to combat each other, they fight, as in England, with their fists, and never with knives, daggers, or any sharp instrument. This practice is so established a characteristic of their people, that it gave rise to a very remarkable wager. Teplof and Gelagin, two of the late Empress Catherine’s privy-councillors, happened to be in her presence, when it was told her that a Cossack priest, then a monk in the Convent of St Alexander Nevski, had been arrested for cutting the throat of a young woman, whom he had made pregnant, and with whom he had quarrelled; upon which Teplof offered to wager with Gelagin that the monk was not a Cossack. The bet was made, and won by Teplof; the monk proving to be a Russian. Being questioned how he could possibly divine the probable success of his wager – “Because,” said he, ”no Cossack would strike a woman; if’ he did, he would use his hand, and not his knife.”
As can be seen, even Russian monks reflected the sadistic character of the nation, and this national trait was recognized by the Russian nobility a couple of centuries ago. The title image of the article shows that nothing has changed in that matter. Beware the Russian Orthodox “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.
By the way, just like what one could easily predict, Russian ‘Patriarch’ Kirill blessed the current genocidal war Russia wages against Ukraine.
“Gardariki, Ukraine” e-book has little-known facts about Kyiv receiving Christianity from Constantinople. Vladimir the Great was not the first of Kyiv rulers to be baptized, did you know that?