“Occupier… Occupier… Such obsession against the country, hysterical and chaotic swearing towards Russia, is aimed directly at the destruction of Orthodoxy. Our country is the share of the Virgin Mary, Russia is called the House of the Virgin and we can not be in a bad relationship with each other,” – said Archbishop Spiridon in 2019.
“Whoever curses and reviles Russia, also curses and reviles Belarus, curses and reviles the Orthodox world, how can I call him an Orthodox?” – These words also belong to Spiridon Abuladze.
The Bishop of the Skhalta diocese is the “champion” among the pro-Russian metropolitans in the Synod. He is the leader in anti-Western, homophobic, hate speech. The Archbishop does not shy off from thanking Stalin from the pulpit and even justifying the words of Vladimir Putin.
In 2019, the president of the occupier country said that Abkhazia and Samachablo had never been part of Georgia. Spiridon Abuladze found the explanation of these words as follows:
“Of course, this is wrong. God forgive whoever said that, but why does he say that? Because of our sins. The two systems have clashed. One is the Western, the other is the Eastern Russian system. “One system legalizes divorce, misfortune, same-sex marriage. The other system opposes it.”
The Archbishop of Skhalta calls NATO and Europe Hell and considers immorality and perversity coming from the West to be more of a threat than military occupation itself. Spiridon Abuladze openly expresses one of the key messages of the Russian information war that Turkey is also an occupier.
“We are deeply hoping in different countries, but let’s look, are they our friends? “In the east, terrible claims were put forward against Davit Gareji, and that’s not all, the relevant countries are publishing maps and bringing the Georgian border to Mtskheta,” the cleric said in 2012.
Propagandistic sermons are openly spread on the Internet and sometimes, videos reach tens of thousands of views. Nevertheless, the Patriarchate does not condemn the pro-Russian statements of the Synod member. During the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine in 2015, the Archbishop of Skhalta said that we should pray for the unification of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. The spokesman of the Patriarchate, Michael Botkoveli explained this position to all people with freedom of speech:
“His holiness can express any opinion he desires, all people are allowed to freely express their thoughts. Anyone can have a different opinion about any political process. Why did Bishop Spiridon cause confusion among journalists?” Some people think that Europe or America should unite the world, right?”
The Archbishop of Skhalta has no theological education. He is a cybernetics specialist by profession. He began his religious life in 1990 as a deacon and was ordained a priest the same year. In 1991, the Patriarch appointed him as a rector of Khulo and Bodbe Theological Seminaries. In 1994, he trusted another theological school in Zestaponi.
Spiridon Abuladze was ordained a monk on December 22, 2006. On the second day, he became archimandrite, and on the third day, he became a bishop. He was soon sent to the Diocese of Skhalta. In 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Archbishop.
According to the Public Registry, the Archbishop of Skhalta does not own any personal property. He transferred his 4,400 sq.m. of real to the Patriarchate in 2012.Bishop Spiridon of Skhalta manages 4 Non-commercial organizations:
1. NNLE Diocese Development Fund “Protection” of Skhalta;
2. NNLE Tbel Abuseridze University of the Patriarchate of Georgia;
3. NNLE Javakheti st. Ninotsminda St. Nino’s boarding school for the orphan, homeless and other children in need of Ninotsminda town, Javakheti, Patriarchate of Georgia;
4. NNLE St. Andrew the First-Called Theological Training Center of the Patriarchate of Georgia.