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January 5, 2022

The Shameful Oath the African Clergy Have Made to the Patriarchate of Moscow

The Russian invasion of the Patriarchate of Alexandria under the pretext that about 100 clergy in Africa want to belong to Moscow, has also produced … oaths!

We quote an "Oath" signed by these clergymen, who declare that they are joining "voluntarily" with Moscow without any "personal financial gain", but with the "sole purpose" of saving their soul which is in "spiritual danger" from the moment the Patriarchate of Alexandria recognized the Autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine, which for Moscow is still a "schism".

For the African clergy who join the Moscow Patriarchate, the Russian Orthodox Church "is free from any association with the schism."

These clergymen therefore pledge not to come into "a prayerful and canonical communion with persons who do not belong to the Orthodox Church or are in a schism" and to "protect" their flock from all heresies and schisms and to warn those who have been deceived, pointing them to the path of righteousness and salvation.

Finally, the clergyman states in the oath:

"If I break my oath of loyalty to the canonical Church and lapse into communion with a schism, may the Lord punish me." 

Therefore, these clergymen consider that the only "canonical Church" is the Russian one. And the Russians are spreading this very spirit: We are a canonical Church and those who recognize the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine are not only schismatic, but also heretical.

However, they are erroneously mistaken, because none of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches considers that the four Autocephalous Orthodox Churches that have recognized Autocephaly are "schismatic"! Only Moscow thinks that. Only she - unilaterally - has interrupted Eucharistic communion, only she has reduced the Ukrainian issue to a "dogmatic" case.

Is the Ukrainian issue, after all, an excuse that Moscow is using in seeking to invade everywhere?

Why are the African clergymen being forced to join the Moscow Patriarchate? Do they have so much knowledge and "sensitivity" that they cannot tolerate a recent decision of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and hasten so as not to lose their soul?

But the Russians are now fully revealed. What do they say in their texts on the internet?

"Besides, the historically canonical territory of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, according to the canons of the Church, is Egypt, Libya, Pentapolis. The jurisdiction of the Church of Alexandria was extended to the entire African continent only by Patriarch Meletios (Metaxakis) in the twentieth century. The Russian Church (as well as other Local Churches) simply observed the tacit 'status quo' in relation to these territories."

What other Church embraced the above reasoning and hurried to make an "Exarchate"? None. Only Moscow.

So, Ukraine is finally the pretext or rather the way for the Russian invasion everywhere!

Let us hope that the Orthodox Churches will understand that "hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber."

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.