The Unia. The Dorian Horse of Papism
By Archim. Gen. Raptopoulos
From the book "Papism and early fighters of Orthodoxy" 2nd Issue
Orthodox Brotherhood of Saint Xeni
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you dressed in sheepskins, while within they are wolves (Mark 6:15)
What is the meaning of this word, Unia? This word is Polish meaning union. So, the one that belongs to Unia is called Uniate. Every Uniate has his life's purpose to draw the Orthodox Christians to the falsehoods of Papism. If however this is what a lay Uniate wishes, that much more does the Uniate clergy.
With great yearning the Pope seeks to subordinate the Orthodox under his jurisdiction. To his falsehoods. He wishes that he become the head of all the Church. This yearning he had for a very long time. Since the 6th century. Since then. He has a yearning especially since he officially separated from the Orthodox Church in 1054. Since then!! And what didn't he try to succeed in his goal! But he succeeded in nothing. So in his embarrassment in what he should have done better and more effectively, for this he created the Unia.
The beginning of the Unia was founded at the Laterno Synod of 1215 and in the Bull of Pope Innocente 4th . Nevertheless, officially and somehow, the Unia was created in Poland by two Jesuits, Possevin and Skarga. These two monks put in place the Unia in Poland. And this to latinize the Orthodox of Poland and of south-west Russia. In this they were helped by the king of Poland, Sigismundus 3rd who was brought up by the two Jesuits until his 21st year of age.
Under the protection of Sigismundus 3rd, the two Jesuits officially set up on their satanic task. In 1587 the two Jesuits cooperated to induce the king of Poland to call the Synod at Brest in Lithuania with president the Archbishop of Kiev. The topic? The union of the Orthodox with the Papist Church. The result? Substantially nothing.
So, a second Synod was called again at Brest on Dec 2, 1594. In this the primacy of the Pope and the Filioque were recognized. This pleased the Pope. In fact two bishops were sent to Rome to declare officially the decision of the Synod to Pope Clemente 8th. However the union was not realized. For this reason the Polish king ordered in 1596 to reconvene the Synod at Brest, to officially declare the union with Rome.
And what happened?
The archbishop of Kiev with other hierarchs declared the union, but the people reacted. Clerics, aristocrats and the public led by Constantine Ostrogoski, publicly protested. They disapproved the events and declared their devotion to the early Church and to the Patriarch of Constantinople. A tragic history was then unleashed. A story that uncovered the true meaning of the Unia.
Thus the Unia is the: "Dorian Horse".
The unia looks different to what it actually is. It appears Orthodox, and why? The Unia clerics, the Uniates are dressed like the Orthodox clerics. They wear the rasa and the kalamanka. They have beards. Total appearance of an Orthodox cleric. Their Churches are in everything Orthodox. They lack those cold statues, that give the appearance and the feeling of an idolatric temple. Instead of statues they have icons. And the whole structure of the Church, inside and outside is Orthodox. The divine liturgy is performed in every language of each country in which it exists and always acts in a proselytizing manner. The same divine liturgy. No simple Orthodox Christian could suspect anything different from Orthodoxy. This way our simple Christians could be advised by Uniates priests and worship in Uniate Churches.
All these constitute the Dorian horse. It is the sheepskin. Inside the Dorian horse hide the men of the Pope. The fanatic Latins hide inside, whose goal is to subordinate every Orthodox to the Pope. To latinize them. To murder the Orthodox faith, the only true faith. Under the nice sheepskin hide wolves. And those wolves are the mortal enemies of Orthodoxy. They are the camouflaged Frankish priests. They are as they are called in the 1989/24-3-1907 encyclical of the Patriarch Joakim 3rd "wolves in the form of sheep". Wolves that we must beware as we were forewarned by our Lord Himself. Who doesn't remember His words? "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, inside though they are wolves (Matt 6:15). They are wolves and you understand this when you hear them during liturgy commemorating the Pope of Rome. Him, that breathes abysmal hatred against the Orthodox. Him, who as we shall see is guilty of everything evil.
The Uniates, crafty men of the Pope, use this as a means to proselytize Orthodox Christians to the falsehoods of Papism. They use the Dorian horse. They use the sheepskin. They use the "camouflage". They use craftiness and deceit. However, if these means do not prove adequate, then they revert to the use of force. With a thousand and two ways they force the Orthodox to worship the Pope.
There are three recent characteristic occasions, that have happened in cities of Slovakia which the Director of the Holy Synod Publication, John Hatziphotis, reveals with specific introduction.
The First Event
In the city of Mihalovce, the Uniates applied psychological and physical force on the Orthodox bishop John. They took over his Church and the Bishopric and forced him to move with all his bishopric to an old tavern. Groups of Uniate monks cut off the water, fuel and electricity, thus destroying his electronic equipment that were at the Bishopric. The same Bishop John, suffered a heart attack and was transferred to the Branov Hospital.
In the city of Medgilaborce on 23-10-1991, the Uniates with a following of 80 policemen entered the Orthodox Church and removed all the Orthodox icons.
In the city of Stropkov on 11 January 1992, the Uniates and Roman Catholics together started to destroy the house of the Orthodox priest, where in a room was a small Church used by the parish. They destroyed the roof, cut off the electricity and telephone and finally they evicted the priest, who now performed the services in a small wooden house, where the faithful brought some icons, which they guarded carefully so that the Uniates wouldn't take them and burn them.
The Slaughter and Executions
Which slaughter and executions should we first report? And from when shall we start? This though we say: The Unia drips blood. Blood from so many of her innumerable victims who refused to worship the Pope and accept his falsehoods. But let us note some typical bloody events that shame the Unia of the Pope.
The first blood was poured by the Unia in Poland and south -west Russia. The Polish king Sigismundus through the prompting of the two Jesuits, Possevin and Skarga, founders of the Unia, in Poland in 1587, when he realized that through the pseudo-synods of Brest in Lithuania, he accomplished basically nothing, he declared in 1596, the persecution of the Orthodox who refused to surrender to the Pope. A river of blood was poured by this persecution. The representative of the Patriarchate of Constantinople Archimandrite Nikiphoros was arrested and thrown in prison where he died of hunger. The representative of the Patriarchate of Alexandria to Poland, Kyrill Lukaris and later Patriarch of Alexandria, just managed to escape and thus avoid imprisonment and death. In this persecution therefore, the first one that Sigismundus declared with the prompting of the Uniates, some Orthodox were murdered, others were exiled and others were tortured. All the Churches and holy monasteries of the Orthodox were turned over to the Uniates. The Unia then had destructive intentions for all the Orthodox in Poland and south-west Russia.
It is characteristic the description of the ever memorable Metropolitan Germanus of Thyatera on this persecution. "From the Orthodox some were expelled, some had their arms and legs smashed, others were bayoneted and others were killed at the stake, while the women had their breasts cut off while their children were burnt on skewers.
When the communists took over Czechoslovakia, the Papist Uniates found then the opportunity to attack the Orthodox Christians with awesome savagery. Let us hear the Metropolitan Dorotheos of Prague and all Czechoslovakia, describe the vandalisms by the Uniates in the following areas.
1. Litmanova, in the area Star- Loumbova: The Church was destroyed and a concerted and systematic persecution was unleashed on the Orthodox.
2. Klenova, in the area of Houmene: Durung the Pascha of 1969, the Uniates fired at the Church.
3. Stopkov, in the area of Svintik: The Uniates destroyed the Church. They climbed on the bell steeple and broke off the Orthodox triple Cross. They brought down the priest's house and threw his furniture on the street and destroyed it.
4. Tsekov, in the area of Trembosov: They took over the Church by force during the Divine Liturgy. The priest performing the Liturgy was beaten up so badly that he needed long hospital care. And this was the least. The worst was that the priest did not manage to complete the Divine Liturgy.
5. Malee Zalouzitce, in the area of Mihalovce: In this village there were 42 Orthodox and 28 Uniate families. The Uniates and the Catholics gathered 3000 followers from the county to destroy the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox defended their Church and protect it from desecration, but lots of blood was spilled. Even though a lot of Orthodox blood was spilled and covered the road and the Church compound, it did not stop the Uniate "priests" from stepping in and entering the Church of the Orthodox, to perform their Liturgy.
6. At Kousmitce, in the area of Trembisov: The Church was destroyed, the priest was severely beaten by the fanatical Uniates. They beat him mercilessly and with no pity, and was then sent to the city. At the same time the Uniates were shouting to hang him!
The Metropolitan of Prague vainly protested to the Vatican. The Vatican kept quiet. What could it say since it created the Unia and since it blesses its crimes in the Orthodox countries? And the Hierarch of Czechoslovakia noted: "The fact of the silence of the Vatican speaks for itself".
Here in this country, as the ORTHODOX PRESS wrote in November of 1961, "the biggest slaughter of the Orthodox since the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ was executed for the benefit of Papism.
And who were the butchers?
Who else but the Papist Uniates? They are the specialist butchers of those who do not submit to the Franks but wish to die Orthodox. Thus the Papist Uniates, known as Ustasi, on April of 1941, after the overtaking of Jugoslavia by the Germans and Italians they acted as they wished. However it was the Vatican that ordered them to action. Their leader the infamous Ante Pavelitz, was named with the blessing of the Vatican and of Mussolini. So then, fully ready and allied with the Germans and Italians, they started their macabre task. They entered north-west Jugoslavia and they started the slaughter. Firstly with the priests. All the Orthodox priests of the area were rounded up, were tied with wires to temporary crosses and were then executed mainly by stoning. They then invited the Orthodox people to convert to Catholicism, under the threat of death. Then 800,000, from children of the first grade in elementary school to old people, gave one and only answer: "NO. We wish to die for the Orthodox faith of our ancestors". The Uniates then gave the signal for the general slaughter. 800,000 Orthodox were killed after great tortures. They died but did not succumb. They died but they did not become Catholics. They died but they did not worship the Pope. May the memory of these 800,000 Orthodox martyrs be eternal.
"In Ukraine the Uniates confiscated so many Orthodox Churches, that the Orthodox Church there had so few churches for her needs. The savagery and hatred of the Uniates against the Orthodox was expressed in various ways. We provide here one event. One day the Uniates arrested the Orthodox vicar who was earlier a Uniate and later returned to Orthodoxy. Revenging his return to Orthodoxy, these wolves in sheepskins took the Orthodox cleric and drowned him in the river".
Where is therefore the love of the Pope, of the Vatican, of the Roman Catholic Church when it commits so many crimes with her infamous Unia? What is the meaning of the famous theological dialogue, when the Pope continuous to maintain this detachment of death, the Unia? Let us not be deceived. The Pope wishes to subordinate the Orthodox to his falsehoods or to exterminate them.