Following the Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa of the Russian Orthodox Church, another exarchate arose on the map of world Orthodoxy – the Greek one. It appeared with the light hand of the head of the Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret Denisenko. The new exarchate was created on the basis of two eparchies of Greek schismatics – Old Calendarists, recently admitted to the UOC-KP.
Despite the long-standing “dislike” between Epiphany and Filaret, the latter is still considered the bishop of the OCU. There was no trial of him, he was not banned from serving, and there is no question of being defrocked for schismatic activities.
Amazing mercy with Filaret is shown not only by his brothers in the OCU, but also by the phanariots. At the same time, they all threaten the ROC with trial and reprisals for creating an exarchate on the African continent. The say that specifically for the trial of the ROC Constantinople decided to use the institute of pentarchy. Phanariots use it as a tool to assert hegemony over non-Greek Orthodox Churches.
Of course, it will not be easy for Bartholomew to gather the primates of the five ancient autocephalous Churches. Therefore, as in the “good old days”, the decision on the ROC will be made by the troika in absentia.
At the same time, the pentarchy does not care about Filaret Denisenko and his canonical somersaults, and Filaret does not care about the pentarchy. So there is the “canonical harmony” between them.