Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014


Hiermit, möchte ich diesen so interessanten und auch sehr ehrlichen und kritischen Essay von Prof. Antoine Arjakovsky zur Lage der russischen Orthodoxie weitergeben. Prof. Arjakovsky ist ein russisch-orthodoxer Theologe und Expert über die Theologie von Sergej Bulgakow und andere orthodoxe Figuren der sogenannten "Emmigration Russe."  Dieser Artikel ist auch in französischer und russischer Sprache auf seinem sehr lesenswerten Blog verfügbar.

For a long time, I turned a blind eye to the evolution of the Russian Church. I identified the Moscow Patriarchate with the Church. Like a child before his father’s nudity, terribly embarrassed by his indignity, I inclined my face toward her. Today, after the double declaration of the Moscow Patriarchate on the 26th of December 2013 concerning the events in Ukraine and on the issue of primacy in the Church, I can no longer keep quiet. Today, I can no longer consider the Moscow Patriarchate as the legitimate structure representing the Russian Church.

It has been a while since I denounced the Moscow Patriarchate’s inappropriate pretensions to jurisdictional power over the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It effectively suffices to consult a manual of history to establish that, if there is a ‘Mother Church’ for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, it could only be the Church of Constantinople to which Prince Wolodymyr turned in 988. We know how much the Ukrainian Orthodox Church suffered at the beginning of the 1990s for not having received recognition of its autonomy. Three churches were born in Ukraine in 1991-1992 from this non-recognition. Last September, in an article in ‘The Cross’, I recalled once again that the view of Patriarch Kyrill on the ‘unity of the Russian world’ was a dangerous myth, as it legitimised the neo-imperialist politics of the Kremlin. Especially as it rests on nothing but a common cultural root, ‘Kyivan Rus” that gave rise from the seventeenth century to the historic constitution of three nations and three languages: Ukrainian, Belarussian, and. Russian. We don’t think in France that the Pope thinks in terms of the unity of the French, Spanish, and Italian nations apart from their unity in the Catholic Faith.

Today, not only has Patriarch Kyrill revisited this dubious unity of the ‘brotherhood of Russian peoples’, but he has uttered not a word of support to the Ukrainian people who have gathered together in the icy cold and with great danger to life against a corrupt regime (starting with the son of Yanukovitch, who became a multibillionaire in a few months), engaged in beating the blood out of peaceful protesters. Rather, the Holy Synod has vigorously condemned ‘…civil tensions and revolution which cannot result in anything positive for the people’. From Moscow, the bishops have given no currency to the declaration of Metropolitan Wolodymyr, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), who has called on the Ukrainian government since the beginning of December, to take account of the indignation of the Ukrainian people. On the contrary, the bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate speak of a necessary reconciliation between ‘different ethnic and social groups’. This phrase testifies to the complete blindness of the Moscow Patriarchate, in that they fail to see that there is no ethnic tension in Euromaidan, but the profound desire of the Ukrainian population, attested to by all the polls, to belong to the great family of European nations that, in spite of all their weaknesses, base their laws on the defence of the dignity of every human person.

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