Kremlin’s Notorious Failure at Amman Council Against New Ukrainian Orthodox Church
On February 25 and 26, a meeting of 15 Orthodox churches will take place in Amman. It was initiated by Patriarch Theophilus the Third of Jerusalem at his meeting with Vladimir Putin last November. The goal is to recognize by the spiritual leaders the right of the Russian Church to the canonical territory of Ukraine.
The purpose of the meeting in Amman is another hybrid attempt by the Kremlin Orthodox world not to recognize the new Church of Ukraine, as well as to annul the canonical right of Patriarch Bartholomew to hand over tomos and announce new autocephalous churches. More globally, Russia’s goal is to become a center and leader of Orthodoxy. Moscow’s problem is that most Orthodox leaders will not go to the council because they do not consider it canonical. The churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Georgia, Cyprus, the Greek Church, the Polish, the Albanian ones refused to participate. The Romanian Church this week recognized the new Ukrainian Church, but will send its representatives.