The USA’s interference with the Ukrainian church’s autocephaly issue marks an end to the era of religious sovereignty, the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan said on October 21 on the air of the Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV program at the Russia 1 channel.
Kurginyan said, “The era of religious sovereignty, even a relative one, is over. No one is trying to say, ‘These are religious matters; it is a delicate subject’… They say, ‘It must be done the way we see fit’.”
The leader of the Essence of Time movement noted that the Orthodox world has never been under the kind of political pressure as it experiences now from the USA. He also said that the United States apparently does not take into account what consequences such actions can entail.
On September 25 the US Department of State expressed support for the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate. On October 20 the autocephaly process found support from US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. The Russian Orthodox Church, in its turn, said that the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s actions were dictated by the United States.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency