by Scott Humor

Two weeks ago, Bartholomew, a Patriarch of the Fener Roman Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul Turky, gave a speech for local members of the Greek community celebrating the 150th anniversary since the establishment of the Community of  the Phanar.

The Patriarch Bartholomew personal online news source Orthodoxia.Info posted an excerpt from his speech in Greek, Russian and English. The translations are slightly differ from each other, and all three are missing some remarkably enlightening thoughts uttered by the Patriarch on the video recording of his speech.

The speech was enthusiastically met by all  Phanar residents who were present to hear it.

My English translation from Greek of the report of Andreas Loudaros, the founder of Greece’s first news agency about religious topics (RNN 2004) and digital magazine orthodoxia.info. The logo of the Orthodoxia.Info is in black-and-red, which is the logo of Blood and soil (German: Blut und Boden) a nationalist slogan expressing the nineteenth-century German idealization of a racially defined national body (“blood”) united with a settlement area (“soil”). Same color combination has been historically used during the WWII by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists  UNA-UNSD, and currently by the armed Nazi death teams of the Right Sector.

 ΒΑΡΘΟΛΟΜΑΙΟΣ: paid supermodel articles and black propaganda from Russia on the Ukrainian (video)

ORTHODOXIA.INFO | Andreas Loudaros.  The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent yesterday afternoon a clear message to Russia that he is not going to retreat in the face of pressures for the Ukrainian ecclesiastical question.

Speaking at an event of the Greek community of the City for the completion of 150 years since the establishment of the  Phanar (Fener) Community, the Patriarch made it very clear that the privileges of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, based on decisions of Ecumenical Councils are binding for everyone in Orthodoxy.

“Either our Russian brothers like it, or not, sooner or later they will be forced to accept the solution offered by the Ecumenical Patriarchate because they have no other choice” the Ecumenical Patriarch said with a profound emotion. He did not fail to say to them that he is aware of the “paid supermodel articles” and “black propaganda” by the Russian side attacking the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

However, he added with a smile: “God gave us two ears, one from here and another from there…”.

It is perhaps the first time that the Ecumenical Patriarch “picked up a gauntlet to threw at Moscow on the occasion of the Ukrainian issue by saying that “our Slavic brothers is intolerant to the superiority that the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Greek nation have over the other Orthodox Christians.”

The English translation done by the  orthodoxia.info is slightly different and also, like its Greek version, is missing parts of Bartholomew’s speech

“Whether our Russian brothers like it or not, soon enough they will get behind the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s solution, as they will have no other choice,” said Patriarch Bartholomew, adding that he is well aware of the Russian side’s efforts in funding the writing of articles and creating ‘black’ propaganda in order to strike back at the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

This is possibly the first time the Ecumenical Patriarch is responding to Moscow’s challenge in light of developments concerning the Ukraine issue. Indeed, yesterday His All-Holiness also expressed the opinion that, “Our SLAVIC BROTHERS cannot accept THE PRIMACY of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and OUR NATION within Orthodoxy.”

See the whole speech of Patriarch Bartholomew in the video above in Greek

The following is my translation of the video from Russian into English from the translation done by an ethnic Greek into Russian. I summoned all my knowledge of Greek language and did a comparative translations of the Yandex translate service and the translation completed by an Greek blogger. Since the blogger is an ardent supporter of Bartholomew and a visceral hater of all Russians, his blog is too abusive and obtuse to be presented to the general audience.

“Romiosini(Romatsa) (Roman) Grad of Constantinople is a part of the universal Romasta (Rome) in which we Greeks are included. But here is an unusual part of the universal Rome, and this is its chosen part I’d say, even if it seems I am speaking about myself. So, we are the chosen part of Rome, as the heart of this ethnic group is located here and here is the cradle (lit. uterus) of the ethnic group of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. From here come our ideals, our glory, the suffering and martyrdom of our ethnic group. All this has a source here. Here we serve world Orthodoxy. We help Christian unity, we help peace in the world.

Metropolitan Sisimskoj (?), whom I thank for his good word, referred to current topics. And of course he mentioned the Ukrainian question and said that the Patriarchate is going through a series of ordeals. At this point, let me agree with him. Sit down I beg you, do not exhaust yourself, sit down. The fact is that now the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in order to solve this problem, brings to light its advantages established by the Ecumenical councils. And these canons of the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon and of course the 4th Ecumenical Council. Which gives concrete advantages to the Patriarch as a moderator of appeals. These canons are mandatory for all Orthodoxy whether our Russian brothers like it or not, but sooner or later they will obey the decisions that the Ecumenical Patriarchate gives, because they have no other choice.

[The power of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is to hear appeals, if invited, regarding disputes between clergy and only when and if he is asked to solve the dispute.  S.H.]

Recently, the Metropolitan of Princes Islands, showed me one article by Alexander Massavetas, who lived there for many years, wrote a good book about Constantinople. The title of this good article “Church brexit of Russia will turn into a boomerang against it.” I saw it and liked it. I also think. All the developments of the theme are in our favor. Of course there are well-paid Russian articles, black Russian propaganda. It has a purpose, if you want a victim, in their opinion, we are never a victim even so they target the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Because, our brothers Slavs do not accept our superiority, which is the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and therefore the superiority of our Greek nation in the world of Orthodoxy. We are proud of it, we’re ogling over it, and we fight a daily fight to keep these benefits, which Divine Providence through the decisions of the Ecumenical councils crowned all-Holy Ecumenical throne to rule over the mother Church of Orthodoxy.” (emphasis mine)

Translation from Greek into Russian

“Ромиосини(Ромейство) Града(Константинополя) есть часть вселенского Ромейства. В которое и мы включенны.Но это необычная часть вселенского Ромейства, а избранная я бы сказал,пусть это и покажется некоторым о себе говорением. Итак, это избранная часть Ромейства,так как здесь бьется сердце этноса здесь колыбель(букв.матка) этноса, здесь Вселенский патриархат. Отсюда исходят наши идеалы,наша слава, страдания и мученичества нашего этноса.Все это имеет источник здесь. Здесь мы служим Всемирному Православию. Помогаем христианскому единству,помогаем миру во всем мире. Митрополит Сасимской,которого я и благодарю за его хорошие слова, упомянул текущие темы. И конечно упомянул украинский вопрос и сказал, что патриархат проходит череду тяжких испытаний. В этом пункте позвольте с ним не согласится..”садись я тебя прошу, не утомляй себя, садись..Дело в том что сейчас Вселенский патриархат с тем что бы решить проблему, выводит на свет свои преимущества,установленные вселенскими соборами. И эти каноны вселенских собор и конечно Халкидонского 4-го вселенского собора. Который дает конкретные преимущества аппеляции. Эти каноны являются обязательными для всего Православия нравится это нашим братьям русским или нет, но рано или поздно они последуют тому решению, которое даст вселенский патриархат, потому что не имеют иного выбора.Недавно митрополит Принцевых островов показал мне одну статью Александра Массавета, который жил здесь достаточно много лет, писал хорошие книги о Константинополе. Название этой хорошей статьи “Церковный brexit России обернется бумерангом против нее”. Увидел и мне понравилось. Ятакже думаю. Все развитие темы говорит в нашу пользу.Конечно есть статьи хорошо оплаченные русскими, черная пропаганда русских. Она имеет целью, если хотите жертвой, по их мнению, мы то никогда не есть жертва, они имеют целью Вселенский патриархат. Потому что не принимают наши братья славяне того первенства, которое имеет Вселенский патриархат, а следовательно и род наш во Всемирном Православии. Гордимся этим,умиляемся этим, и стараемся ежедневной борьбой держать эти преимущества,которыми Божественный Промысел,посредством решений вселенских соборов увенчал Всечестной Вселенский престол, первопрестольную Церковь Православия.

Notes:

  1. For those unfamiliar with the term “Romiosini,”  “Romanians,” “Ромейство” or “ΡΩΜΗΟΣΥΝΗ” see www.romiosini.org.gr  Non Governmental Organization “Romiosini” of Jerusalem Patriarchate. The registry for this domain name does not publish ownership, it’s IP Address – 94.130.151.77, and it’s being hosted by Bayern – Gunzenhausen – Hetzner Online Ag. 

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