Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2018

In Osteuropa 8-9/2018

Conflict of Patriarchs
On orthodoxy and autocephaly

Thomas Bremer

Deutsche Fassung


The attempts by Ukrainian politicians and church leaders to create an autocephalous church in Ukraine has led to a serious conflict between the patriarchate in Moscow and the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Russian Orthodox Church regards the preparations for recognition of autocephaly as being an attack on its canonical territory and claims that Constantinople has no right to make a decision regarding autocephaly. The escalation of the conflict may lead to a schism in global orthodoxy. However, it is unlikely that the church conflict will lead to an escalation in the war in Eastern Ukraine.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2018, pp. 99–108)