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Source: The National Herald Originally published on November 10, 2006. BOSTON – Thirty-six years ago, in a “confidential memorandum” to the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (dated July 5 1970), then Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America requested that decisions be made on a number of issues, including the Masons, homosexuality, marriage for bishops and abortion. “Most of our Christians here are masons,” Iakovos told Athenagoras and the Synod. The Patriarchate did not reply to Iakovos, or if it did, the reply has not been revealed as of…

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate Metropolitan Elpidorphoros Lambriniadis, Archbishop-Elect of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, claims that the Ecumenical Patriarch is “First Without Equals”. Usually not stated so clearly, the following paper by Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, Metropolitan of Bursa, and Archbishop-Elect of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, states the position that the Ecumenical Patriarch is really not “first among equals” but “first without equals.” That is not a position the other hierarchs worldwide are willing to accept. The impasse resulting from the two clashing positions is surely a cause of “the anomalies in the organization and life of the Orthodox Church”…

by Nick Stamatakis A chaos much bigger than the one created by the Patriarch’s decisions on Ukraine is bound to be created by the so-called “election” of Elpidoforos of Bursa at the helm of our Greek Orthodox Church in America.  Elpidoforos definitely deserves the title of “Cardinal”.  First, he recently authored a diatribe titled “Primus Sine Paribus” (“First Without Equals”), submitted to the University of Thessaloniki, in which he throws out more than 17 centuries of democratic/synodical Orthodox traditions and explains why the Patriarch cannot be “equal” to the other church leaders; he also spent at least the last 10 years…

Source: The Pappas Post written by Gregory Pappas Like many in our community, I have been following the demise of the institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with great pain, not to mention the dismal state of affairs with St. Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero and the decaying condition of the Seminary in Brookline. These logistic and administrative failures clearly are the fault of Archbishop Demetrios. In Greek we say that “the fish smells from the head” and if the types of things that happened in our Church had happened in corporate America, Demetrios would have been fired…

[Editor’s Comment: The Ecumenical Patriarchate telegraphed its attitude towards the Church in America ten years ago: Why is the Archdiocesan Council caught by surprise?] Challenges of Orthodoxy in America and the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate By Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr. Elpidophoros Lambriniadis Chief Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod (Chapel of the Holy Cross, March 16, 2009) Reverend Protopresbyter Nicholas Triantafyllou, President, Reverend Protopresbyter Thomas Fitzgerald, Dean of the School of Theology, Reverend and Esteemed Members of the Faculty and staff, Dear Students, It is an exceptional honor and a great joy for me to be here today, among…

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by PETER SMITH Despite calls to slow down the process or at least name a bishop from the United States, the top synod of the Greek Orthodox church has named a Greek abbot to lead that church in America. Appointed Saturday was Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Halki, a Greek island. He is also a professor at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Greek Orthodox’ Holy and Sacred Synod Saturday. He succeeds the retiring…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate The Order of Saint Andrew is pleased to forward the announcement from the Ecumenical Patriarchate on May 11, 2019 on the unanimous election of His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa as Archbishop of America.  The announcement is as follows: ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE “Today, Saturday May 11 2019, the Holy and Sacred Synod, continuing its work, proceeded to fill the vacated seat of the Archdiocese of America following the voluntary resignation of its shepherd, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America. “Therefore, following the suggestion, permission and exhortation of His-All Holiness, the holy synodical members dully casting their…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff The announcement issued yesterday by the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding America and Australia contains three interesting points: First, they accepted the resignation of Archbishop Demetrios, but it will “become effective Saturday, when a new Archbishop will be elected.” What does that mean? Second, it also states: “The Synod also expressed its gratitude for his many years of ministry.” But if that is so, holy hierarchs, why did you not let him remain in office? And, third, regarding the election of a new Archbishop of Australia, I also read in the communiqué: “Having heard the…

Source: The National Herald By ANA CONSTANTINOPLE – Archimandrite Makarios Griniezakis of Christoupolis was on Thursday unanimously elected as the new Archbishop of Australia, by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Griniezakis pursued graduate studies in the field of Christian Ethics at Boston University, School of Theology, where he earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree (STM). He also earned a Master of Arts (MA) in History of Science from Harvard University, School of Arts and Sciences, and a Master of Bioethics from Monash University, School of Arts and Sciences. He has additionally attended courses in philosophy at the…

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