Developing the doctrine of the “primacy of power” of the Constantinople See in the Church of Christ, these theologians follow the slippery path of Catholic theology, which leads the Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Orthodox analogue of Roman papism. The head of the Church is Christ, and He is the Alpha and Omega. This is what the Phanar probably forgot about. Bishop Victor of Baryshev said this in an interview for the Greek media, according to the Information and Education Department of the UOC.
“The new doctrine of the Phanar about the exceptional position of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Patriarch in world Orthodoxy, actively promoted both by Patriarch Bartholomew himself and by the Archbishop of America Elpidophoros, Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon and other theologians and bishops of the Church of Constantinople and some other Greek Orthodox churches will lead to unforeseen consequences for the entire Orthodox Church of Constantinople and some other Greek Orthodox churches. . <…>
Voicing the thesis that without the “first” Orthodoxy will turn into a federation of Churches following the example of Protestant denominations is an attempt to replace the concept, and, in a way, “theological slyness.” These and many other examples testify that in the Patriarchate of Constantinople there has been a departure from patristic theology and a movement has begun in the opposite direction, “said the hierarch.