Friday, June 20, 2008

Speaking of schismatics . . .

The Russians are throwing their weight around again. Also from CWN:

The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has escalated a dispute with the Patriarchate of Constantinople over the recognition of an independent Estonian Orthodox Church.
A Russian delegation has walked out of a meeting of Orthodox prelates, convened by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The top Russian delegate, Archbishop Nikolai Balashov, said that the Moscow patriarchate could not accept the seating of a delegation from the Estonian Orthodox Church.

Folks, this is why the Orthodox arguments about primacy don't fly. By their own actions, they admit to no primacy whatsoever. Every time Patriarch Bartholomew tries to abide by the alleged "first among equals" job description, he gets blasted by one or more of his "brethren."

Of course, all this indicates is that the rest of the East are apparently content to keep their blinders on while Russia continues down the path that it always takes, namely, conquest. The Russians have already been making claims as the "Third Rome" and as the new leader for the Easterners, despite the fact that there is no basis for such ridiculous claims. They have a patriarch who was a KGB collaborator and has been cozying up to Vlad Putin lately. That sure makes me feel better.

I've got a bad feeling that the other schismatics across the Bosporus are going to wake up one day and find the Russians at the gate, ready to devour them all. Let us all pray that this does not come to pass and that true unity will be established before such a catastrophe.

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