Journalist and Church activist Sergei Chapnin called the events around the change of status of the Church-Museum of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul “mejdunarodnim a huge scandal.”
According to him, what is happening around the Hagia Sophia has a much large scale than the situation with shehurina Sergius.
“From the point of view of Christian community, it is a struggle only for symbolic capital. Hagia Sophia is the main symbol of the Byzantine Empire is the best of the Christian Empire in the history of mankind. Yes, the Empire fell in the middle of the XV century, but still, 900 years Hagia Sophia was the main Cathedral of the Orthodox world, only 500 years old mosque, and the last 85 years in her regular prayer was not made, it was a Museum,” said Chapnin “Rosbalt”.
Publisher surprised that “Christian leaders advocate that the Christian Church remained a Museum.” He noted that “Christians have a rather weak position of Muslims advocate that the temple was prayer and Christians for the fact that no prayer was not.”
the Journalist also expressed the view that the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, “understanding the context very carefully expressed publicly and prefer to act by means of non-public policy” at the time as “the Patriarch, protecting the Museum in Hagia Sophia, cuts straight from the shoulder, speaking as the apologist of Christian civilization.”
Recall that the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered to return the Cathedral to the status of the mosque. The decision will be made within the next two weeks.
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