The Archbishop of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the littoral Amfilohije (Radovic). Photo: the website of the Montenegrin-coastal Metropolitan SPTSMetropolitan Amphilochius (Radovic) recalled that the highest authority of the Church is a pan-Orthodox Council, and only he can solve problems facing today’s Orthodoxy.
The Patriarch of Constantinople can not be called the head of the Orthodox Church, since the Church has only one head – Christ. This was the Archbishop of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the littoral Amfilohije said on 26 October 2019, after the Liturgy in the Church of the Nativity of the blessed virgin Zelinskogo monastery. This is the website of the Montenegrin-coastal Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
“Yesterday we had a meeting with the Commission of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, led by Metropolitan John of Pergamon on the events in Ukraine, – said the Serbian hierarchy. – Unfortunately, the Patriarch of Constantinople continued this line, and it will not be so easily undone.”
He explained that the views of the specified fee in respect of Ukraine are based on the role of the Patriarchate of Constantinople throughout its history, but “they don’t realize that times have changed.”
“And we, our Synod, wrote to the Patriarch of Constantinople that the era of Constantine began with the Holy Emperor Constantine, and then ended in 1453 with the fall of Constantinople to the Turkish occupation, and in 1918 martyrdom of the Russian Imperial family the Romanovs”, – said the Hierarch.
He added that Constantinople played a big role in those days, when the Emperor Constantine moved the capital from Ancient Rome to new Rome, “and the fact that he moved the capital of Empire, ruled the destiny of the Mediterranean, not to mention around the world for thousands of years, has really enabled Constantinople to have a great mission, especially for us, the Slavic peoples.”
“Slavic peoples received the Orthodox faith through Constantinople, and then, subsequently, and independence of their local Churches, the Archbishop stressed the STS. – Are all the work of the great Ecumenical Patriarchate. But now a different time, and it is necessary that the Church, respecting all that has happened in history, still build their future in those first centuries of its history, when it was not so closely connected with the authorities”.
He reminded the audience that the Church was connected with the government since she became a Christian, from Emperor Constantine to Emperor Nicholas II: “it was a Christian government, the Christian rulers of a Christian nation, a Christian state”.
“Today we no longer have Christian rulers, we don’t even have a Christian government, and even people who were Christians, how Christian are they today? So the combination of the government and the Church, which was of great importance in the history, unfortunately, no longer exists today. The Church is called to live this life and everything that happens in it, especially in relation to important decisions in the spirit of the Holy Fathers, that is, in the spirit of the Cathedral, in the spirit of that first Jerusalem Council fiftieth year after Christmas, where it was said that “izvolite to the Holy Spirit and to us.” That’s what today taught by our Church and the requests of the Constantinople brethren to no longer was that decisions were made by one person, whether it be Constantinople or Belgrade,” – said the Metropolitan of Montenegro and Primorsky.
The Bishop Amphilochius pointed out that since Apostolic times the Supreme body of the Orthodox Church is a pan-Orthodox Council “and the problems now facing the Orthodox Church can be solved only by the Cathedral Ecumenical Council, the pan-Orthodox Council.” And, in his opinion, we need to pray to God that this conciliar spirit has been restored in the Church of Christ with all due respect to history and the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which is the mother see of the Church.
“The Patriarch of Constantinople can not be called the head of the Orthodox Church as recorded in the Tomos of the Ukrainian Church that he is the head of the Orthodox Church, quoting thus of the Emperor Justinian, – said the Hierarch. – It was during the Byzantine Empire and during the times when other kingdoms and States were modeled on the Byzantine model, and then ruler, and our king Nikola Petrovic, participated in the life of the Church. <…> Today the state is secularized, the Nations are secularized trails, rulers often godless, so it is no longer possible to be with the government. With all due respect to the authorities”.
The Metropolitan stressed that in the Church of Christ has only one head – Christ, and “other heads or chiefs no. All the other apostles, a witness of Christ as head of the Church and about the Church as one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, to which we belong and which we serve.”
Recall, October 24, the delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople came to Belgrade to negotiate the issues with the Orthodox Patriarch Irinej and bishops of the SOC. All members of the delegation are active lobbyists ptsu.Ekaterina Filatova