Quote: However, apart from in the Ukraine, the fact that the three million-strong Patriarchate of Constantinople under financial pressure (the $25 million dollars paid to it by the US administration) has broken away from the 164 million-strong Russian Orthodox Church has had little effect in the Russian Federation and Eastern Europe. But in the Diaspora there is a huge effect. Virtually every day we pastors are confronted with the catastrophic consequences: Where can I go to church and take communion now? End Quote.In this post dated yesterday, he seems to be saying how this (going back to his words "fourth schism") is making it difficult for the priests to even take their communion - as part of the Diaspora he does not mince words as wedges are dividing them: which they are caught up in within this larger divisive game of international political maneuvering.
From my perspective, the "fourth schism" is self explanatory - to attack and further subdivide the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. Pressure is externally created by unsanctioned divisions under the deception title "Orthodox" to confuse and set up internal strife within the Orthodox community. The same blueprint was used in the former Yugoslavia, as far back as the 1930-early 40's, long before NATO's 1999 bombings.
For the longest time, I couldn't understand (comprehend) why my Family, who had a long and generational adherence to Christian Orthodox in Yugoslavia, suddenly "flipped to the Catholic denomination" and "took on" the same façade when they migrated to the United States? They were forced into social adherence, for fear of consequences, if they didn't submit to that "Catholic label"! Many of the Orthodox Christians were singled out, losing everything including property and assets or worse during the 1930-40 Yugoslavian War.
Why they choose to migrate to a predominately Catholic Country (U.S.) is still a mystery? But within our household's, we continued the Orthodox tradition and observance of Holidays/Holy Days. My Father's family had purchased farm land, bordering a farm owned by a Russian family. We celebrated Easter/Christmas/New Year's together including visiting St. Tikhon's for Mass. The confusing part was that my Brothers and I, plus my Cousins were all sent to catechism classes, in a near by Catholic Church (St. Mary's)? The best way I can explain it, my family were "closet" Orthodox, while appearing "to be Catholic".
So, in reference to the above, it's not just the Orthodox Priests that are being pressured by the Diaspora, the Ukrainian's themselves are suffering from the chaos and confusion involving their own traditional faith and loyalty? And what are the consequences if the religious diaspora takes over dominance in Ukraine?
I'm reminded, there are two places the Pope is not allowed to set foot in - China and Russia! The Pope has been knocking on China's door but only "a tiny crack" has been opened. Russia, on the other hand, will never submit to Rome or the Pope. What Rome can't have - the Pope will use everything at it's disposal - to destroy.