Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk attacked once again the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Ecumenical Patriarchate due to the official visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch to the United States.
Metropolitan Hilarion spoke to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti and raised the issue of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to the United States.
He characteristically commented that the majority of the “flock of the Patriarch of Constantinople” does not live in Turkey but in the USA. The Greek Diaspora in the country is the biggest sponsor of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, it promotes its interests in the high corridors of power”.
He stated that “neither the President of the United States is the leader of the whole world, nor the Patriarch of Constantinople the leader of all Orthodox Christians. In the example of Ukraine, we see where this kind of cooperation is leading, to a schism in Orthodoxy and the persecution of the faithful.”
He added that after the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States, “expansion of the persecution of canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine” should not be ruled out.