“The Patriarch of Constantinople’s thirst for power is catastrophic for the future of Orthodoxy”
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In the homily Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro delivered at St. Nicholas Church in Bandići, he recalled the words of the Apostle Paul, in the Church “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female”.
Along the same line, the hierarch declared, “There is neither Chinese, nor Japanese, nor Russian, nor American, nor Serbian, nor Montenegrin, only Jesus Christ and those who gather around Him. That is the Church of Christ. It has been such throughout the centuries, and it will remain so until the end of the world and the consummation of the centuries. It is very important to remember that nowadays, when people are strangers to the Church. Many are strangers to the Church, but would like to lead it”.
He added that such people do not even believe in God. “But they think they can use the Church and its life as they want. But it is not possible”, he added.

The Metropolitan also asked the question, how in a secular state can a head of state interfere in ecclesiastical matters? “It’s absolute nonsense. Especially here in Montenegro, where during the civil war, the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral was murdered with about a hundred of the best priests of the diocese. And that’s how the State was created as it is today. They should respect the Church. It is the right of the Church,” the Metropolitan said, adding that he feared this lack of respect for the Church might be a sign the fratricidal spirit is spreading in Montenegro.
“It’s good for nobody, especially when it’s a Church that actually created this State,” warned the hierarch. He again highlighted that the thirst for power is the most dangerous disease in all societies and that in the Roman Catholic Church, it has been a dogma throughout the centuries. And a temptation in the Orthodox Church.
“It is so nowadays. This can be seen today in way the patriarch of Constantinople behaves towards Ukraine. His thirst for power has led to great tribulations in Ukraine, to a division that is catastrophic for the future, not only of Ukraine and all Slavic peoples, but of all Orthodoxy “, he concluded.

On December 25 in Đenovići, Metropolitan Amfilohije thus commented on Montenegrin President Đukanović’s recent words, who called for the autocephaly of the Montenegrin Church: “Let him first receive baptism and become a member of the Church of God, and then he can speak about the Church!”

Sources in Bosnian and Serbian: 1 and 2

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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