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Ecumenist prayer inside the Holy Sepulchre performed by heretic pope and ecumenical Patriarch.
The heretic pope and ecumenical Patriarch prayed together “Our father” (in Italian language) and different pericopes from the gospel while through the joint Declaration they both signed, the ecumenical Patriarch: a) proclaims that the Orthodox Church does not hold the entire truth of faith, but only parts of it, b) brings back the blasphemous theory of Athenagoras about the restoration of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church (so he tells us that this is not the one we believe in and follow) sowing seeds of discord among the believers and abolishing the dogmas of Chuch, c) acknowledges the chief of Vatican state as a canonical bishop and his “church” as being canonic and d) adopts all Athenagoras’ principles and accepts the diplomacy of a soppy love from Vatican for an evolution towards pseudo-unity.
Theophilos, the Patriarch of Jerusalem calls the heretic pope Aghiotaton  (although the pope has never left the infallibility that makes him alike God, because only He is infallible), he acknowledges him not as a head of state and heresiarch but as the first canonic head of Church. All the things preached by the anti-papist and anti-heresy Saints of our Church are useless for the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos, adept for inter-religious dialogues and not only. The Archbishop of America, Dimitrios proves to be, according to his declarations, an adept for the laic ecumenism and talks about division of Church and not about Schism and heresy.
While Greece was voting for the euro Parliament candidates, mayors and D.A. and the citizens were focused on the political and national messages of the electorate, the ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, together with his “custody” met the heresiarch pope at Holy Sepulchre exchanging greetings and kisses of peace.
With the occasion of this meeting from Jerusalem declarations and proclamations resulted into compromising the Orthodoxy and Patristic Theology. This compromise was made by the ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, the Patriarch of Jerusalem and the one of America who accompanied the ecumenical Patriarch to Jerusalem.
Theophilos, the patriarch of Jerusalem opposite to blessed patriarch Benedict who was against the meeting of Pope Paul IV with patriarch Athenagoras (fifty years ago), approved the joint pray of the pope together with the ecumenical Patriarch, although the first aforementioned one is still nailed by the heresies and wanderings of popery. He called in the same time the pope as Aghiotaton, although he continues to be committed to the heresies of popery: Filioque, primacy, infallibility, his audacious opinion that according to him is the exclusive representative of Christ on earth. Through this position, Theophilos the patriarch of Jerusalem proved that the crisis created between him and his antecedent, was directed towards the election of a new patriarch, the present one, who is an excessive adept of inter-religious meetings and dialogues with heterodox whom he considers to be part of the saving and canonic “Church”. The Holy Canons that forbid the prayers together with heretics are not valid for the patriarch of Jerusalem.
The Archbishop of America
The Archbishop of America, Dimitrios, to the big surprise of the orthodox clergy and laymen, is the adept of the laic ecumenism (the excellent cooperation with the subjects that the nowadays society confronts with) and he hinted that the meeting of Pope Paul IV with patriarch Athenagoras 30 years ago resulted into the elimination of discord. The archbishop talks about discord and not about schism and heresy. The declarations on this line were made before the meeting of pope with the ecumenical patriarch and after the meeting of His eminence with the head of Vatican for the unification of all “churches”. The declaration is the following:
“The historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem in January 1964 was a joyful occasion that swept aside centuries of division and has born good fruit, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop Dimitrios primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, in a joint statement.
The declaration refers to the meeting from the 25th of May between Pope Francisc and ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from Jerusalem.
Catholic and Orthodox Christians over the last 50 years has allowed them “to speak with one voice” on issues facing society. “We commit ourselves to increased cooperation in these areas, including social, economic, and ethical dilemmas, and we call our people to pray for the success of the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem for the glory of God and the promotion of Christianity in our wounded world,” the statement said.
The Archbishop Kurtz himself solitarily spoke about the meeting that he characterized as a “considerable gift” referring to “reciprocal respect and tolerance”.
The ecumenical patriarch
The ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, during his meeting, solemnly proclaimed the joint statement made by Jesuit pope Francisc, that he is loyal to the principles and positions of the ecumenist ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who flew out into the Orthodox Church the discord against the Holy and inspired by God Canons and dogma of Orthodox Church. He recognized the pope as bishop, the Vatican as sister “church”, he prayed in the Holy Sepulchre together with the heresiarch, he jointly advised that the steps towards the union are guided by the Holy Spirit, when he denies the work of Holy Spirit in the anti-papist Saint of our Church and proclaims in the joint statement that he signed together with the pope that he stays loyal to Athenagora’s principles in order to create a new Church. In order for a believer to understand the spirit of the joint Declaration of the present ecumenical Patriarch and present pope it is sufficient to read the following fragment of the interview that Patriarch Athenagoras gave during the period he was shepherd: “We are deceived and we sin, if we think that the Orthodox faith came down from Heaven and that all [other] creeds are unworthy. Three hundred million people have chosen Islam in order to reach their god, and other hundreds of millions are Protestants, Catholics, and Buddhists. The goal of every religion is to improve mankind”. “In the movement for union, it is not a question of one Church moving towards the other, but let us all together found back the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, coexisting in the East and the West, as we lived up until 1054, in spite of the theological differences that existed then”. “The age of dogma has passed.” “We are being called upon to free ourselves from the nets of polemic and controversy in theology and to equip theology with the spirit of inquiry and the formulation of the truth in love and patience. Christianity, today, needs a theology of reconciliation.”
The Patriarch Athenagoras was against the dogma and the orthodox Theology that was a stumble rock towards the pseudo-union. His positions were adopted by his successor on the throne of Phanar, Patriarch Dimitrios as the present Patriarch Bartholomew. There is not any paragraph in the joint declaration of the present patriarch and heresiarch pope that referred to the dogmas.
The soppy love and Declaration
Instead of referring to the dogmas the soppy love takes over. If you take a closer look at the Declaration you will realize that all the things settled by Patriarch Athenagoras are in the content of the joint Declaration from Jerusalem.
Here is how it sounds like:
“Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, on Sunday held private talks in Jerusalem and signed a Common Declaration in which they pledged to continue on the path towards unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Their encounter marked the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964. In their joint declaration, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew said it is their duty to work together to protect human dignity and the family and build a just and humane society in which nobody feels excluded. They also stressed the need to safeguard God’s creation and the right of religious freedom. The two leaders expressed concern over the situation facing Christians amidst the conflicts of the Middle East and spoke of the urgency of the hour that compels them to seek the reconciliation and unity of the human family whilst fully respecting legitimate differences.
Please find below the full text in English of the Common Declaration of Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I:
The contents of the joint pray
The joint pray of the ecumenical Patriarch together with the heresiarch was done according to the official release of Patriarchy of Jerusalem, in front of the Holy Sepulchre. In the statement, amongst others were mentioned the following:
“Coming from the two doors, the Pope and the ecumenical Patriarch, at the edge and in the midst of the Blessed Church of Rise, they kissed each other as a proof and evidence of love and disposition to continue the theological dialogue started 30 years ago.
From here, the two primates proceeded forth to the door of the Blessed Church of Rise where they were welcomed by three priors of the Holy Church of Rise, meaning by our archbishop of Ierapole, Isidor, by the Franciscan and Armenian ones.
Further, the two primates kissed the Stone of Anointing while the Greek choir of the Holy Church of Rise, conducted by the Proto Psaltic music performer Aristovul, sang: “I will enter…” and while the primates came from the Stone of Anointing and were proceeding to the Holy Sepulchre, they sang: “Your Sepulcher, O Savior…”
After reaching in front of the Sepulcher, the two primates, according to the scheduled program, sat themselves with their own companions, while the people, around 400 believers, entered and took their scheduled sits.
After they all sat, according to the schedule and silently followed, according to the program, the speech of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos on behalf of Patriarchy of Jerusalem followed by the ones of Franciscans and Armenians.
It then continued with different chants and reading of some periscopes of the Rise from the Gospel, followed by the homilies of ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Roman Pontiff, Francisc and finalized with the kiss of peace.
Further, the pray “Our Father” in Italian language was said by the Roman Pontiff and ecumenical Patriarch and by the invited ones each one in their own language and afterwards the two primates entered inside the Holy Sepulcher and worshiped it.
We mention that the hymns and periscopes from the Gospel were read without liturgical robes due to the absence of the complete communion between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.
After ending this ceremony, the two primates, accompanied by their small suite went up and worshiped the appalling Golgotha.”
Thus, the ecumenical Patriarch, considered to be the accomplisher of the Holy Canons, prayed together with the head of Vatican state and leader of a Christian heretic “church” at the Holy Sepulchre. The ecumenical Patriarch sacrifices the truth of our Faith for the “interest” of the Christian heresy. If the Orthodox Christians prayed the way he did then either the Orthodoxy would stop existing or there would occur schisms in the name of Orthodoxy. These are not by chance situations that are tragically happening among the Orthodox world. The responsibility for these is carried not only by the indecency of the consumerist society but also by the lack of respect to the Holy Laws of the Orthodox Church from the side of patriarchs, archbishops, etc. In the official statement of the Patriarchy of Jerusalem, the heresiarch pope was called as head of the Roman-Catholic Church. The patriarchy of Jerusalem actually equalizes the head of the Orthodox Church (the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church), Christ with the “slipper” of the heresiarch and the divine wisdom of Christ with the stupidity of pope who pretends do be infallible, although he is human.
The ecumenical patriarch disclaims the Truth of Orthodoxy
Through the joint declaration that the heresiarch pope and the ecumenical Patriarch signed, the second one disclaims the Truth of the Orthodox Church. Amongst others, they write:
“Thus we affirm once again that the theological dialogue does not seek a theological lowest common denominator on which to reach a compromise, but is rather about deepening one’s grasp of the whole truth that Christ has given to his Church, a truth that we never cease to understand better as we follow the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Hence, we affirm together that our faithfulness to the Lord demands fraternal encounter and true dialogue. Such a common pursuit does not lead us away from the truth; rather, through an exchange of gifts, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it will lead us into all truth (cf. Jn 16:13).”
Actually, the ecumenical Patriarch tells us through the declaration he signed that we, the orthodox do not hold the Truth of Faith but only a part of it and therefore we must pursue it (the protestants as well assert this) in order to be guided to the “whole truth”. If there were capable members of the Orthodox Church, except the Pan-orthodox Synod, the ecumenical Patriarch would have been admonished for all those positions he supported. Through his decision, to acknowledge Pope XXII as saint, he would have been anathematized. Unfortunately the ecumenical Patriarch does not ministry the Orthodoxy, the Holy Canons, the ecumenical Synods and the anti-heretic and anti-papist testaments of the Saints of our Church. If he continues this line, without the decisions of a pan-orthodox Synod maybe we, all the orthodox people, might need to reconsider our position related to him. Thus, think about, what would you say if those who pursue with the missionary activity said that we, the orthodox do not have the truth of faith that our church expresses? Then why should the Protestants, papists, Anglicans, Copts become orthodox as long as they also have a part of the truth in their faith? The actions and the positions of the ecumenical Patriarch are unacceptable for the Orthodoxy.
From: Orthodox Typos, no 2024, 30th May 2014
 Addressing formula equivalent with Blessed/Eminence.