Zoria: But for Phanar's work, other Churches wouldn't have recognized us
The spokesman of the schismatics, Ivan (Eustratiy) Zoria, stressed the role of Patriarch Bartholomew in the recognition of the OCU by three local Churches.
"Archbishop" of the OCU Ivan (Eustratiy) Zoria spoke on the propagandist DetectorUA Youtube channel about the influence of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the three Local Churches having recognized the schismatic structure created by Phanar.
The spokesman of the Ukrainian breakaway groups said that it was thanks to the influence of Patriarch Bartholomew and the structures headed by him that the Churches of Alexandria, Greece and Cyprus somehow recognized the OCU. “As for the recognition of other Local Churches, without the work of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is obvious that neither the Alexandrian Patriarchate nor the Church of Greece and Cyprus would have approved the decisions they made,” Zoria said.
He believes that Patriarch Bartholomew personifies "modern Orthodoxy", which meets the challenges of our time. “The Ecumenical Patriarch personifies the movement of the modern Church, open to the challenges of our time and ready to debate with society,” said the spokesman of the OCU.