Demetrios’ Delayed Announcement on Valiotis’ “Autocephaly” Speech

Efstathios Valiotis was honored with a honorary doctor of humanities degree. Shown are Deacon Antonios Papathanasiou, Fr. Christopher Metropulos, Efstathios Valiotis, and Archbishop Demetrios.(Photo by TNH/Theodoros Kalmoukos, FILE)

NEW YORK – Four days after Efstathios Valiotis’ speech at the 76th commencement ceremony of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology (HCHC), Archbishop Demetrios of America issued a statement, on May 23, regarding Valiotis’ comments about an autocephalous Church in America.

In the address, Valiotis called for the Church in America “to become autocephalous or for the Ecumenical Patriarchate to move to the United States. We cannot be governed by a small group of people from Turkey without any flock …

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