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Russian-Ukrainian Church offers to pay bail of radicals who attacked them, appeals to Trump

‘Turn the Other Cheek’ – this is the difference between the legitimate Ukrainian church and two extremist pretenders

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The brotherhood of the Tithes Monastery in Kiev, which was attacked by radical Ukrainian nationalists has appeared in court, not to condemn, but to seek forgiveness for the radicals who attacked them, threatening them with arson.

The attack was arranged by the S14 (C14 in Russian/Ukrainian) extremist group, which has been known for threatening Orthodox Churches they perceive as being “anti-Ukrainian”. This is the second story we published today about these attacks, see here for an incident in which the arson was successful, but the Church superstructure itself was saved.

Update: Now the Monastery is being threatened with demolition which the Kiev Building Council supports:

Ukrainian politicians want to DEMOLISH Kiev church lead by former US Navy chaplain

C14 radicals attacking Church grounds

The Union of Orthodox Journalists the official news site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports.

On February 5 brethren of the Tithes Monastery filed an application to the Court of Appeal in Kiev in which monks request to release the radicals, who had tried to set fire to the monastery, and offer to bail them out. It is written by the site of the monastery. … On February 3, three thousand believers of the UOC gathered for a prayer service in defense of the monastery from the radicals who threatened to destroy the shrine. For 10 hours the Orthodox defended the monastery.

Киев. Десятинная церковь

Десятинная – Tithes Monastery Church

On January 25, the radicals undertook publicly the assault of the Monastery, and at night tried to commit arson. Radicals threatening the monastery’s brethren shouted, “I’ll burn you, slut! You’re a KGB officer. I’ll kick you now with my leg, okay? You are a slut that has no place here – I tell you that in Russian. To you, clowns in skirts, there is no respect.”

Videos and photos of the attacks can be found here.

The Union of Orthodox Journalists has published a series of articles, chronicling the attacks against the monastery, which is all part of the ongoing campaign of Ukrainian nationalists against anything Russian, which is destroying Ukraine itself, more than anything else.

Tithes Monastery, Kiev

The leader of the monastery, Archimandrite Gideon, is an American citizen, who has appealed to President Donald Trump, that he take action in defense of the monastery, which has come under violent assault by the C14 radicals.

Архимандрит Гедеон (Харон)

Archimandrite Gideon

According to the Union of Orthodox Journalists:

On January 27, the Kiev court sentenced the instigators of the Tithes Monastery of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the UOC from the right-wing organization “S14” to detention for 2 months or to bailment of UAH 2 million 200 thousand for each.

One must not fall into despondency with Ukraine, although the country is facing terrible times, the land and people have been through worse. No matter how many radicals there are, there will always be millions of Russian-Ukrainian Orthodox Christians to drown out the madness and outnumber the extremists.

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This we have seen, when crowds gathered in prayerful support of the monastery. As one can see by comparing the video of the extremist attacks, to the prayerful gathering, the Orthodox people outnumber radical in Ukraine by far.

If one needs more proof of how the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is beyond compare to the nationalist “churches”, and absolutely outnumbers the radicals in every way, simply look at this video. The first three minutes of the video shows a religious gathering of the canonical church which had over 100,000 people in the streets of Kiev. Around 3:02 minutes [here], one can see the tiny mob which the nationalist Kiev Patriarchate put together…about 2,000 people.

All of this shows the Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has the true support of the people, and it’s no wonder why.

The way the brotherhood of the Orthodox monastery showed forgiveness of the radicals who wished nothing but violence and death upon them is exemplary, and something all Orthodox Christians can be proud of; moreover, this “turn the other cheek” attitude is common in the canonical church, whereas radical clerics of the other literally preech death, advocate for terrorism [shocking video], and side with Nazis.

Greek-Catholic “Uniate” Ukrainian priest supporting Nazis; note the swastika on the German helmets

The tithes monastery is located near the ruins of the legendary Tithes Church, the first stone church in Rus’, built by Saint Vladimir the Great, and destroyed in 1240 by the Mongols during the fall of Kievan Rus’.

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For those unaware, in Ukraine, there are three churches which claim to be Orthodox, but only one of them is legitimate according to Orthodox Canon law – The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Kiev Caves Lavra – the official HQ of the Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the first Russian monastery in the world

The canonical Church comes under constant attack from radical nationalists, who consider them to be “Russian KGB agents”, even as their primate, Metropolitan Onufry is among the most popular, beloved, and trusted voices in the country. He constantly preaches love and forgiveness, and it is no doubt he is the type of person who would forgive at the expense of his own life.

Metropolitan Onufry – is pola eti Despota!

Even though he spent many years learning in the Moscow region, he was born in far western Ukraine, and can hardly be considered a political agent of any entity. Under his leadership, the Orthodox Church continues in its tradition of forgiveness, and that’s exactly what’s happened here.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is following The Lord’s teaching of turning the other cheek, which has long been held in the Russian Church.

“Scripture teaches us that if enemies want honor, gold, or glory, we give it, and God will lift them up to see your humility, and will suppress their unyielding pride.” Saint Sergius of Radonezh

This type of absolute humility confounds radicals, as they can not comprehend how people would not use violence when attacked. It may even change their hearts, but even if it does not, it will have a different effect on the average Ukrainian citizen.

They will take note, when the worst happens, which “churches” are making death threats, calling people traitors, and behaving like Nazis, and which Churches follow the teachings of Jesus. A simple comparison between the heretic Filaret, and Metropolitan Onufry shows this difference.

Those with eyes to see and ears to hear will not soon forget the example of the brothers of the Tithes Monastery, who went the extra mile to follow the Lord, and in this, they will see what it means to be an Orthodox Christian.

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Constantinople: Ukrainian Church leader is now uncanonical

October 12 letter proclaims Metropolitan Onuphry as uncanonical and tries to strong-arm him into acquiescing through bribery and force.

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The pressure in Ukraine kept ratcheting up over the last few days, with a big revelation today that Patriarch Bartholomew now considers Metropolitan Onuphy “uncanonical.” This news was published on 6 December by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (running under the Moscow Patriarchate).

This assessment marks a complete 180-degree turn by the leader of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, and it further embitters the split that has developed to quite a major row between this church’s leadership and the Moscow Patriarchate.

OrthoChristian reported this today (we have added emphasis):

A letter of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine was published yesterday by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in which the Patriarch informed the Metropolitan that his title and position is, in fact, uncanonical.

This assertion represents a negation of the position held by Pat. Bartholomew himself until April of this year, when the latest stage in the Ukrainian crisis began…

The same letter was independently published by the Greek news agency Romfea today as well.

It is dated October 12, meaning it was written just one day after Constantinople made its historic decision to rehabilitate the Ukrainian schismatics and rescind the 1686 document whereby the Kiev Metropolitanate was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church, thereby, in Constantinople’s view, taking full control of Ukraine.

In the letter, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that after the council, currently scheduled for December 15, he will no longer be able to carry his current title of “Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.”

The Patriarch immediately opens his letter with Constantinople’s newly-developed historical claim about the jurisdictional alignment of Kiev: “You know from history and from indisputable archival documents that the holy Metropolitanate of Kiev has always belonged to the jurisdiction of the Mother Church of Constantinople…”

Constantinople has done an about-face on its position regarding Ukraine in recent months, given that it had previously always recognized the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate as the sole canonical primate in Ukraine.

…The bulk of the Patriarch’s letter is a rehash of Constantinople’s historical and canonical arguments, which have already been laid out and discussed elsewhere. (See also here and here). Pat. Bartholomew also writes that Constantinople stepped into the Ukrainian ecclesiastical sphere as the Russian Church had not managed to overcome the schisms that have persisted for 30 years.

It should be noted that the schisms began and have persisted precisely as anti-Russian movements and thus the relevant groups refused to accept union with the Russian Church.

Continuing, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that his position and title are uncanonical:

Addressing you as ‘Your Eminence the Metropolitan of Kiev’ as a form of economia [indulgence/condescension—OC] and mercy, we inform you that after the elections for the primate of the Ukrainian Church by a body that will consist of clergy and laity, you will not be able ecclesiologically and canonically to bear the title of Metropolitan of Kiev, which, in any case, you now bear in violation of the described conditions of the official documents of 1686.

He also entreats Met. Onuphry to “promptly and in a spirit of harmony and unity” participate, with the other hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in the founding council of the new Ukrainian church that Constantinople is planning to create, and in the election of its primate.

The Constantinople head also writes that he “allows” Met. Onuphry to be a candidate for the position of primate.

He further implores Met. Onuphry and the UOC hierarchy to communicate with Philaret Denisenko, the former Metropolitan of Kiev, and Makary Maletich, the heads of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” and the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” respectively—both of which have been subsumed into Constantinople—but whose canonical condemnations remain in force for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The hierarchs of the Serbian and Polish Churches have also officially rejected the rehabilitation of the Ukrainian schismatics.

Pat. Bartholomew concludes expressing his confidence that Met. Onuphry will decide to heal the schism through the creation of a new church in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Onuphry’s leadership is recognized as the sole canonical Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine by just about every other canonical Orthodox Jurisdiction besides Constantinople. Even NATO member Albania, whose expressed reaction was “both sides are wrong for recent actions” still does not accept the canonicity of the “restored hierarchs.”

In fact, about the only people in this dispute that seem to be in support of the “restored” hierarchs, Filaret and Makary, are President Poroshenko, Patriarch Bartholomew, Filaret and Makary… and NATO.

While this letter was released to the public eye yesterday, the nearly two months that Metropolitan Onuphry has had to comply with it have not been helped in any way by the actions of both the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian government.

Priests of the Canonical Church in Ukraine awaiting interrogation by the State authorities

For example, in parallel reports released on December 6th, the government is reportedly accusing canonical priests in Ukraine of treason because they are carrying and distributing a brochure entitled (in English): The Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Relations with the State. The Attitude Towards the Conflict in Donbass and to the Church Schism. Questions and Answers.

In a manner that would do any American liberal proud, these priests are being accused of inciting religious hatred, though really all they are doing is offering an explanation for the situation in Ukraine as it exists.

A further piece also released yesterday notes that the Ukrainian government rehabilitated an old Soviet-style technique of performing “inspections of church artifacts” at the Pochaev Lavra. This move appears to be both intended to intimidate the monastics who are living there now, who are members of the canonical Church, as well as preparation for an expected forcible takeover by the new “united Church” that is under creation. The brotherhood characterized the inspections in this way:

The brotherhood of the Pochaev Lavra previously characterized the state’s actions as communist methods of putting pressure on the monastery and aimed at destroying monasticism.

Commenting on the situation with the Pochaev Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Clement of Nizhyn and Prilusk, the head of the Ukrainian Church’s Information-Education Department, noted:

This is a formal raiding, because no reserve ever built the Pochaev Lavra, and no Ministry of Culture ever invested a single penny to restoring the Lavra, and the state has done nothing to preserve the Lavra in its modern form. The state destroyed the Lavra, turned it into a psychiatric hospital, a hospital for infectious diseases, and so on—the state has done nothing more. And now it just declares that it all belongs to the state. No one asked the Church, the people that built it. When did the Lavra and the land become state property? They belonged to the Church from time immemorial.

With the massive pressure both geopolitically and ecclesiastically building in Ukraine almost by the day, it is anyone’s guess what will happen next.

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Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin

“We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

“When I look at this latest incident in the Black Sea, all what’s happening in Donbass – everything indicates that the current Ukrainian leadership is not interested in resolving this situation at all, especially in a peaceful way,” Putin told reporters during a media conference in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a party of war and as long as they stay in power, all such tragedies, all this war will go on.

The Kiev authorities are craving war primarily for two reasons – to rip profits from it, and to blame all their own domestic failures on it and actions of some sort of “aggressors.”

“As they say, for one it’s war, for other – it’s mother. That’s reason number one why the Ukrainian government is not interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin stated.

Second, you can always use war to justify your failures in economy, social policy. You can always blame things on an aggressor.

This approach to statecraft by the Ukrainian authorities deeply concerns Russia’s President. “We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been soaring after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through the strait without seeking the proper permission from Russia. Following a tense stand-off and altercation with Russia’s border guard, the vessels were seized and their crews detained over their violation of the country’s border.

While Kiev branded the incident an act of “aggression” on Moscow’s part, Russia believes the whole Kerch affair to be a deliberate “provocation” which allowed Kiev to declare a so-called “partial” martial law ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.

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When Putin Met Bin Sally

Another G20 handshake for the history books.

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In the annals of handshake photo-ops, we just may have a new winner (much to the delight of oil bulls who are looking at oil treading $50 and contemplating jumping out of the window).

Nothing but sheer joy, delight and friendship…

…but something is missing…

Meanwhile, earlier…

Zoomed in…

And again.

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