Ecumenical Patriarchate Wants Embattled Archbishop Demetrios Out

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The time of Archbishop Demetrios to the Archbishopric Throne of America seems limited as the Ecumenical Patriarchate wants him to resign voluntarily, exclusive information obtained by The National Herald has found.

It was also reportedly proposed to the Archbishop he be elected Metropolitan Geron of Hrakleia which is considered a prominent Eparchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate that was destroyed during the catastrophe of Asia Minor.

The reasons for this decision to ask the Archbishop to “depart in peace” -expected by many who know the workings at the Archdiocese – are the general withering condition of the Archdiocese – and the dire situation of its finances, which many of its officials characterize as bankruptcy.

Others speak of what they called “financial scandals” at the Archdiocese, with a deficit so far of some $8.5 million.

Archbishop Demetrios announced to the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod who accompanied him to the Ecumenical Patriarchate that Jerry Dimitriou, in charge of the administrative and financial affairs of the Archdiocese for the last 19 years, is going to be dismissed as fallout continues.

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate presided over by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was held Aug. 30, a joint meeting with the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America headed by Archbishop Demetrios regarding the election of the Metropolitan of Chicago and list of candidates for election to the high priesthood.

The National Herald has learned it was decided that the list should be enhanced and updated as the Patriarchate had requested. TNH had written extensively and in detail about the issue in its analyses in previous editions.

The list should be clean and the names of those who are ill and retired be deleted. Names of other celibate priests should be added, it was proposed.

Archbishop Demetrios said that the contribution and examination of the Legal Committee of the Archdiocesan Council is required. The Patriarchate said that the opinion of the Legal Committee should be sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to be studied by the Canonical Committee and also the Committee of the Ecclesiastical Eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne for the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate to grant its final validation.

Concerning the addition to the list of the names of those Metropolitans who served at some point the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and now are serving Metropolises abroad, such as Metropolitans Sotirios of Toronto Athenagoras of Mexico, Nikitas of Dardanelles and Cleopas of Sweden as the Patriarchate had initially requested, Archbishop Demetrios opposed trying to convince the Patriarch a session of a Clergy Laity Congress of the Archdiocese is needed.

The next Clergy Laity Congress is due to be held in July of 2018, but to this point no official announcement has been made about where, nor the agenda. The unofficial word coming from within the Archdiocese is that perhaps Boston will be selected.

The process of the joint meetings at the Phanar was the following: First Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew granted an audience to the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of America and then the Eparchial Synod met with the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate presided over by Patriarch Bartholomew.

Absent from the Eparchial Synod were Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco who had minor foot surgery as TNH had reported and Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta who told the Ecumenical Patriarchate he lost his passport in Greece. Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver sent a letter in which he declared his obedience “to whatever the Ecumenical Patriarchate says.”

Ecclesiastical officials knowledgeable about ecclesiastical issues told TNH that the outcome of the meetings was simply a maneuver of the Phanar to get more time for Archbishop Demetrios and accommodate the Ecumenical Patriarchate with a voluntary resignation with reports within the Patriarchate that Archbishop Demetrios’ era is over.

17 Comments

  1. America can no longer stand your islamosoviet faith. All of you, Greek, Russian, Syrian, or English, OUT! Smyrna 1922, USA 2017.

  2. Readers would like to know what in the world is going on! The Archdiocese “emphatically” declares that everything you have written is a big lie, without any basis! Are we serious about extremely serious issues of our church in the USA, or we use our public forums to start a war about personal grievances between your editors and the Archbishop? Our ancestors would have said, “παίζομεν εν ου παικτοίς!”

    1. Keep hiring non Greek speaking priests, who have change their denomanation several times and want too eleminate the Greek element will finish our Church

      1. Good Lord, Michael, you act as if the GOA is the OCA; a REAL Orthodox man goes to the holy temple to worship Christ, not enforce “Greekness.”

    2. Aleithia!!! ANY newspaper that is propaganda against the Body of Christ should allow itself to pause for a moment and consider how it is being used like a tool by Satan for spreading gossip….take that, Herald!

  3. The next “voluntary resignation” ought to be METRO METHODIOS of BOSTON for single handedly destroying the Greater Arlington, MA. GREEK ORTHODOX community…a cherished priest, a true “servant of God” for more than 30+, Rev Fr. Nicholas Michael Kastanas, fired for NO CAUSE….such κακία δεν έχω δει στην ζωή μου! Ντροπή, Ντροπή, Ντροπή!
    Hopeful the Patriachate REVERSES Methodios’ UNCHRISTIAN decision! #BRING BACK FR NICK#…AMEN!!!

  4. there remains an objective manner in which to test the veracity of at least a portion fo the article……Has his Eminence dismissed, or is about to dismiss, Jerry Dimitriou……It appears that this portion of the article can easily be proven true or false….If this portion of the article proves true, there remains a better than worst chance that hte remainder of the article proves true…..if however, it doesn’t, well…..?

  5. I have nothing to hide!!! My priest, Father Nicholas Kastanas is beloved by many, including those parishioners from the Greater Boston area with churches closer to their homes who chose to attend the church of Father Nicholas, Saint Athanasius The Great, Arlington, Massachusetts.

    Our beloved Father “Nick” was dismissed from his pulpit by Metropolitan Methodius, assisted by a few malcontents from the Parish Council, one of whom present at a council meeting a few months before the dismissal, disrespectfully told Father Nick who was attempting to speak, to “Sit down!” Faithful Saint Athanasius parishioners, to this day, have received no reason for this action. Communication from parishioners to Parish Council, Metropolitan Methodius, Chancellor Father Theodore Barbas, Bishop Demetrios and Patriarch Bartholomew, to my knowledge, remain unanswered.

    What is it going to take to fill our church once again (source informed this writer, 19 persons in attendance Sunday, today)? What about Greek and Catechetical schools? These two are presently non-functional. And, like me, many Saint Athanasius parishioners refuse to attend any church in the diocese of Metropolitan Methodius.

    To say Metropolitan Methodius, certain Saint Athanasius Parish Council members and Father Barbas have created a mess would be an understatement!

  6. Since the forced resignation of Archbishop Iakovos we have gone in a steady spiralling down fall. It’s time for a young, energetic Iakovos. And I resent the comment made by the Archbishop that Jerry Dimitriou after a stellar 19 years will be dismissed…..W H Y?????? This happens many times and it’s always to the worthy, the unworthy stay around to see another day. Over disheartening!!!!!!

    1. Sad, but true. When good, honest, dedicated people such as Mr. Dimitriou are be condemned for the actions of others. 19 years of loyal service to the church and he becomes the scapegoat. If he was a priest, he would have been elevated and praised for his service. What is our church leaders doing? Do they think dismissing the worthy and keeping the unfit is what we need?

  7. @Joan
    I agree totally with your reply. The Greek Orthodox church of America has hit the skids ,especially, in the last six year span. Scandal after scandal and the mean-spiritedness of some of those in leadership positions has compromised the integrity of our faith and the patience of the Orthodox faithful.
    Thankfully, it has not diminished the spirit! And that’s because the Holy Spirit can never be diminished – ever!!! It’s life changing, redemptive and healing power along with the love of Christ is alive in all of us.
    I pray that our future leader(s) understand what a privilege it is to serve Jesus Christ and His holy church and not treat us as sheep. We the laity, are the heart and soul of the church. We are charged with a special ministry to teach – we are not stupid and blind as some would suggest.
    Also, I hope our future leader(s) will be a little more understanding. Not all of us lived perfect lives before we were called to ministry. Perhaps a little economia. The canons were written with a myopic and heretical view of human nature. That is not the world we live in. It is not Christ like.

  8. I totally agree the next resignation should be Metropolitan Methodius- why? why? we need answers why this happen to a great priest and community like Arlington 800 members have no place to go! Fr. Nick worked so hard through the years to bring and keep members and our leader is throwing us out in the street!!!! sad!!!!! how can people trust have faith in our leaders, how can we ever trust them again?

  9. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has just made the announcement that this report on Archbishop Demetrios is FALSE. Try contacting the author of this article and you get a page of adverts….well — I knew this paper was bad when I lived in Boston near Holy Cross College/Seminary in Brookline, but now an apology is needed to all your readers for your media thuggery and your propaganda, Herald!

  10. I hope this is a false rumor about archbishop Demetrius. I feel he is so wonderful, he encourages our youth which is vital for orthodoxy in America.
    Respectfully, Katherine Marthiakes-Kipp

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