The untrustworthiness of the official theological Dialogue between the
Orthodox Church and the Papacy is, among other things, also proven by
UNIA’s participation in the Dialogue -especially after its official
recognition by both sides during the 1993 Meeting at Balamand. However,
it has been historically and theologically confirmed that the mention
alone of the name “UNIA” brings back painful memories to the Orthodox,
of all the atrocious schemings and the negative behaviors imposed and on
Orthodoxy by the Papacy over a series of centuries. UNIA has always
served the Papist demands to universally impose the Pope’s status of
primacy (PRIMATUS JURISDICTIONIS), and also for the recognition of the
Pope as the Vicar of Christ and as the universal head of the Church.
This explains why on the one hand the previous Pope, Benedict XVI, had
characterized the Orthodox Church as “deficient” for not accepting the
Primacy and the infallibility linked thereto, while the current Pope
regards Her as “weak” for the same reason. In other words, albeit there
being an ongoing dialogue - supposedly on the issue of the Primacy - the
Popes are in fact unscrupulously flaunting primacy, by claiming that
the said dialogue is only a pretense and that it is being held merely
“for the sake of appearances”. A historical theological and
hermeneutical therefore approach to UNIA will help the reader to
comprehend the so-called “Dialogues between the Orthodox and Latin
Churches”, both those of the past as well as the current ones. It will
simultaneously reveal the vast responsibility of Orthodoxy’s Hierarchy,
who -under the pressure of the New Age and its patrons- have ventured to
sacrifice the in-Christ Truth, that is, Orthodoxy, which is the only
possibility for the salvation of mankind and the world. However, as we
know from the Homilies of the blessed Chrysostom: “Unless one harms
himself, no-one can harm him”. Our own mistakes and omissions have been
exploited by our adversaries. This is what is being done by the Popes
also, through UNIA. I am grateful for the Christian Orthodox
Philanthropic Society of Friends of the Holy Monastery of the
Pantokrator “Saint Gregory Palamas” in Melissochori, who have included
in their publications the present English translation of my essay on
UNIA; as I likewise extend heartfelt thanks to a dear sister, Ms.
Katarina Nikolopoulou who had undertaken the translation of this study
of mine. May the Lord fortify them in their labours for the Faith, and
bless their efforts.
Fr. George D. Metallinos
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