Browsing: Archbishop Demetrios

Source: CBS News St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the iconography it housed were destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center. After almost two decades, the church is rising again with new iconography from a monastery on Mt. Athos. Correspondent: Scott Pelley This year, Easter dawned in a dark hour. We cannot see the end of the pandemic, but Easter and spring remind us of victory. Our next story is a tale of triumph over adversity. It begins with America’s first crisis of the 21st century. In all that was lost on 9/11, nearly forgotten was the only house of…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL Protocol No. 74/19 May 8, 2019 To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη!   Christ is Risen!             Following the Apostolic injunction of speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), I have today the great honor to communicate with…

Source: The National Herald By Antonis H. Diamataris From one end of America to the other, our community follows, with justifiable anxiety, the issue of the successor of the resigned Archbishop Demetrios. The community has lived the decline in which the successors of Archbishop Iakovos have led to our Church and endured the consequences with remarkable patience. But it has reached its limits. That’s why it wants to prevent another mistaken choice. So, the Greek-American community is turning to the voice that it trusts, to The National Herald. People are telling us: “Do something.” But what can a newspaper do,…

Source: The National Herald By Antonis H. Diamataris At last, Archbishop Demetrios, submitted his resignation. The first time he was asked to resign was almost 20 months ago. Since then, there were at least two more requests by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. But he refused. He did everything he could to dodge it. To gain time. But to what end? No one is pleased with the situation that has been created in our Archdiocese – no one was happy to see the agony experienced by the Archbishop as the situation unfolded, or the pain of his ultimate resignation. There was, unfortunately, no…

Source: The National Herald By Christodoulos Athanasatos NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios, in his sermon at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday of St. Thomas May 5, at the Resurrection parish in Brookville Long Island, used the Biblical verse that “there is a time for everything” making reference to his recent resignation from the Archbishopric Throne of the Archdiocese of America. The Archbishop spoke about his meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and his written resignation from the Archdiocese. He said that “I understand many of you are here today because of the news you learned yesterday. Yesterday, we were…

Source: Peter Anderson, Seattle, WA USA  Pope Francis has just completed his first day in Sofia, Bulgaria.  In reviewing the reports in major Bulgarian newspapers and the comments by top government officials, it appears that the visit so far has been very well received.  The Pope’s humble approach seems to win hearts.  There has been considerable coverage of the visit in the Western media both before the Pope’s arrival in Sofia and afterwards.  One very important aspect of the visit is the Pope’s contact with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.  With respect to that aspect, several items today caught my…

Source: The Pappas Post by Gregory Pappas According to an official announcement on the Facebook page of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Archbishop Demetrios of America has submitted his resignation to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The move comes after years of pressure on the embattled Demetrios to resign, following numerous scandals that have plagued his episcopacy, including a financial scandal involving millions of dollars of misappropriated funds, as well as the Archdiocese’s theological school at the brink of losing its accreditation. Demetrios was elected to head the American church in 1999 after the three-year leadership of Archbishop Spyridon. The official announcement of…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Istanbul, February 19, 2019 — Changes are coming to the American, Australian, and British Churches under the Ecumenical Patriarchate, according to Patriarch Bartholomew’s own words following a recent Divine Liturgy in Istanbul. In a video posted on the Patriarchate’s Facebook page, Pat. Bartholomew speaks about holding elections to replace the primates of the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses in the English-speaking world, reports the National Herald. There have long been reports that Pat. Bartholomew has been trying to oust Archbishop Demetrios of America, though this is the first time the plans have been publicly addressed. It is unclear who will replace…

I have had a number of faithful find fault with my op-ed essays regarding the actions or non-actions of members of the hierarchy and the Archdiocesan Council. When one observes the egregious errors committed by church officials in observing the rules and policies promulgated by themselves, how could any faithful remain quiet? My thoughtful, yet provocative criticisms are meant to be constructive as well as poignant reminders to the church administration to follow their own decrees. By concealing, disregarding and objecting to any criticism to our faith, we are making it more difficult or impossible for any reforms to occur,…

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Following is the  encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for National Leadership 100 Sunday – October 21, 2018: Protocol Number 159/18 October 21, 2018 National Leadership 100 Sunday The Lord said, I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, it is he who bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of…

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