04 July 2016, 14:33
The Primorye Metropolitan does not exclude the Crete forum fulfilled USA political goals
Moscow, July 4, Interfax - Recently resumed on Crete conference of church heads, which was planned as the Pan-Orthodox Council, is probable to have political goals, Metropolitan Veniamin of Vladivostok and Primorye believes.
"I suspect that preparation of the meeting on Crete met not only church interests, but political as well. We see what a strong influence the United States have on the Constantinople Patriarchate. American experts even help holding the event on Crete," the metropolitan said in his interview with the July edition of Rus Derzhavnaya Orthodox paper.
According to him, Patriarch Kirill and the Synod took "a very wise decision," when they refused sending the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to Crete.
"But even if the decision not to participate in the so-called Pan-Orthodox Council is changed in future, it is especially important for us to be reasonable, patient, ascetic, not to be categorical or to take hurried statements. Not to send anathemas," said Metropolitan Veniamin, who opposed participation of the Russian Church in Crete session.
"No one pushes us to step back heretically from the Orthodox faith. Let us abstain from calls to disobedience and schism... God save us from discords, disagreements and heresies on our much suffered land," the metropolitan said.
He believes that not only ordinary believers, but also church authorities should be "One in Christ and firm in our faith, not to betray it, not to give a reason for temptation and division among believers of the Holy Church of Christ."
The heads of ten of 14 Orthodox Churches took part in the assembly, which should have become the Pan-Orthodox Council and was held on Crete on June 20-25.
The Bulgarian, Antioch, Georgian, Serbian and Russian Churches called for postponing the Council in order to settle the disagreements and finalize its draft documents. However, the Constantinople Patriarchate has rejected the initiative and insisted on it be held within the set timeframe. As a result, the Churches, who represent the minority of the episcopate, clergy and believers of the Orthodox world, participated in the forum.