Metropolitan Luke about “Pentarchy”: Church history knows robber councils

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria. Photo: nv.ua

The Pentarchy “council” decisions will not matter for the Church, as they'll be made by those who caused a large-scale schism in Orthodoxy, said the UOC hierarch.

The “Council” of Pentarchy or a meeting of primates of the five Churches, initiated by Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria, alongside any decisions adopted at this "council" will be of no importance for the Church, just as other “robber councils” that have occurred in the history of Orthodoxy. Metropolitan Luke of Zaporizhia and Melitopol wrote about this in his telegram channel.

The hierarch explained that the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which recognized the Ukrainian schismatics, and the bishops of several Churches, who supported this recognition, committed the biggest crime in the last thousand years of the existence of Orthodoxy – they triggered a large-scale schism, which can be compared only to that of 1054.

“The history of the Church knows outlaw or 'robber' councils, whose decisions are of no importance. All today's decisions emanating from the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the hierarchs who joined this retinue of servants of the US State Department are now considered insignificant and irrelevant for the Church of Christ,” Metropolitan Luke believes.

According to him, the current synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople cannot revoke autocephaly of the Russian Orthodox Church, since it did not give it to the ROC. “The Russian Church received autocephaly not from the current schismatics and sowers of papist heresy, but from Orthodox hierarchs, whom the present synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople is not related to at all,” Metropolitan Luke wrote.

As the UOJ reported, the Exarch of the Russian Orthodox Church for Africa believes that only Greek primates will come to an eventual meeting of primates of the five Churches, which is going to completely discredit the participants in this process.

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