In the midst of all the heavy processes and more or less subtle particularities that are taking place in Orthodoxy, between Moscow, Kiev and Constantinople, there are some fatal factors that, maybe, should not be ignored.
One of them may be these words of Feodor Dostoevsky from 1877, which are sometimes heard about:
“Одним словом … рано ли, поздно ли, а Константинополь должен быть наш, и хотя бы лишь в будущем только столетии! Это нам, русским, надо всегда иметь ввиду, всем неуклонно. Вот что мне хотелось заявить, особенно в настоящий европейский момент .. ”
(Достоевский: “Дневник писателя Январ – Август 1877 года)
Transl: In one word … if it happens soon or if it is delayed, but Constantinople must become ours, if only in a coming century! We should, all Russians, all without exception. always have this in mind. That is what I would like to say, especially in this present, European moment ..
(Dostoevsky: “The author’s diary January – August 1877″)
What was the “European moment” 1877 ?? There were new, promising winds blowing at that time, however, not so much in Russia, even though the serfdom had been abolished.
A general, “unifying church council” for Orthodox believers in Ukraine, with Constantinople’s envoy as moderator, will start on November 22, according to Credo.press.
Hopefully, the gospel will prevail over church politics – “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel ..” ( 2 Tim. 2:8)
Update 2018 10 18: A short video with english subtitles from the pressbriefing after the Russian Church’s Synod in Minsk the 15th of October