Commenting on the autocephaly of the OCU, Bartholomew said that he was not guided by either geopolitical or financial interests, but a “slanderous campaign” was being waged against him, and he was “under pressure.” He said this in an interview given on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his election as Patriarch of Constantinople, writes Orthodox times.
“Which Ecumenical Patriarchate has benefited from the autocephaly of Ukraine at the secular level? What has he won? Insults, slander, slander, shame and humiliation. ”
Those who “fought against this action” claim that the Church serves global political interests, he said.