By Nick Stamatakis
In his first-ever visit to Cyprus to pay tribute to his “close friend” AB Chrysostom B’, Pat. Bartholomew delivered a remarkable for its selfishness and lack of theological knowledge – if not blasphemous – eulogy. I am sorry to say, people like Pat. Bartholomew have no real friends. For them, what matters is who is subservient and who assists them, with all legal or illegal means, in their plans to achieve their political goals. In that sense, Chrysostom the B’ of Cyprus was a “friend,” while AB Anastasios of Albania is not a “friend.” In particular, here is what stands out from this eulogy (which you can watch in the two videos below, part 1 and part 2):
- Bartholomew thanked Chrysostom B’ for his support during the 2016 Panorthodox Synod. What kind of help was this? Well, when the Metropolitans of Cyprus refused to sign the decisions of the Synod, AB Chrysostom B’ sneaked in the room where the decision book was kept at night and acting fraudulently, he signed for those Metropolitans who disagreed (adding the Greek legalistic expression “in place of…(such and such) or in Greek “αντ’αυτού”.
- Bartholomew thanked, truly from the bottom of his heart, Chrysostom B’, for donating to the Patriarchate the very valuable building of the Cyprus Church Representatives at the E.U. in Brussels. In doing that, Chrysostom committed a major mistake, as he gave a building that could have been used to promote the Cyprus cause to those who are under the control of the Turkish Foreign ministry.
- Finally, in his eulogy Pat. Bartholomew, committed a major theological mistake. In minute 5’20 of the part 2 video below, he said: “The resurrection of Christ annulled the immortality of death”. In the original Greek he said: “η Ἀνάστασις του Χριστοῦ κατήργησε τὴν ἀθανασία του θανάτου”, which is an impossible theological novelty bordering to blasphemy. Here is the opinion of an excellent theologian in Helleniscope’s circle (In the original Greek and in English)
Patriarch Bartholomew sadly stated yesterday at the funeral of Mr. Chrysostomos that the Resurrection of Christ “abolished the immortality of death”!!! But death was never immortal! No Father of the Church ever taught the immortality of death. On the contrary, the Bible itself tells us that death is not a work of God and, in fact, that “God did not create death, He does not take pleasure in the loss of the living” (Book of Wisdom 1.13). In addition, the Holy Fathers taught us that “the immortal things and this immortality… and the Holy things and this Holiness… are manifest works of God” (St. Maximus the Confessor). That is, if death was one of the uncreated or created works of God, Christ would have to destroy the same Work of God to defeat death. This horrible contradiction is bordering blasphemy. It was never a teaching of the Christian Church. Even the Papists did not dare to think of such a thing. For the Patriarch to characterize this fallacy as “theologically correct”, at the time of a funeral Mass where “…only you are Immortal” is sung, is unacceptable ignorance. But that is not the worst. The fact that no Orthodox Christian from the thousands of people who heard this phrase during the funeral, but also from the hundreds of thousands of TV viewers who watched the funeral online, did NOT react, we understand how deplorable it is that such an “orthodoxy” is led today by such a patriarch…