The anti-canonical recognition of the Ukrainian church schism by the Phanar led to the extreme politicization of Orthodox theology and its reduction to the level of empty sophistry. This is stated in the commentary of the DECR Communication Service in an interview with Metropolitan Gregory of Peristeria.
“Today’s leadership of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has made an unprecedented attempt to voluntaristically revise the centuries-old boundaries of the Local Churches, to withdraw their own conciliarly approved acts of three hundred years ago, misinterpreting their previously obvious content and presenting their own position as patristic and church-wide.
The unilateral actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine: the anti-canonical recognition of the Ukrainian church schism, including those who do not have canonical ordinations, and the granting of “autocephalous” status to them against the will of the episcopate, clergy and believers of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church – had grave consequences not only for unity Orthodox Church, but also for the unity of a common theological understanding of the basic canonical and ecclesiological principles. They led to the extreme politicization of Orthodox theology and its reduction to the level of empty sophistry, reminiscent of the times of Arianism. <…>
The audacity and fantasy of today’s experimenters in the field of theology and ecclesiology is not based on the Church’s doctrine and the historically established practice of her life, but on the political situation,” the commentary says.