Archbishop Demetrios Shows Defiance toward Patriarch Bartholomew

Archbishop Demetrios with Patriarch Bartholomew in a previous meeting at the Theological School of Halki. (Photo by GOA/Dimitrios Panagos)

NEW YORK – An unprecedented crisis has burst between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America because of a total defiance of Archbishop Demetrios toward Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Specifically, Archbishop Demetrios refused to resign after Patriarch Bartholomew invited him to do so officially at the meeting of the Patriarchate’s Holy Synod on May 30. He said that he wants to stay to fix the problems of the Archdiocese.

No one can predict the developments from this point on. It …

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  1. The ones who caused the problems can never be the ones to fix them. The fact the Archbishop refuses to resign along with certain metropolitans shows just how deep the swamp really is. I personally like the Archbishop but feel he would make a better educator and college professor than an administrator. I don’t think anyone can argue or disagree with that and if you do you are blind to what is happening in our Archdiocese.

    1. Everything you say is very true! I am troubled however because most of the Metropolitans potentially in line to succeed him are infinitely worse. And Evangelos has already worked his head deep into the EP’s rear end from all that brown nosing.

      1. Evangelos is easily the least qualified of the metropolitans to become archbishop. And, truth be told, none of the others have the stature, foresight and vision, not to mention piety, that is needed today, perhaps more than ever before.

    2. Jeffdiner;
      You make a valid point that those who created the problem can not fix it, however, that adage is better applied to the Patriacahte, which started this mess with the forced resignation of the late Archbishop Iakovos. After gutting any laity authority from the Archdiocese Charter, they elevated the US Bishops to Metroplotains, reporting to the Patriarch, and left the Archbishop of America with little authority, and a structure doomed to fail.

  2. Sadly, hindsight, as it is said, is “20-20”.
    We are in a quagmire. There is also an expression: “as the Archdiocese goes, so goes HC/HC”
    We see this with record low numbers in attendance and at least two of the more qualified professors resigning. Also, as stated by Fr. Metropolus, the president of HC/HC, there is no money to pay the now very past due bills.
    Answers, I don’t have. Pray that our Loving God will continue to humble us and guide us. The Church is not a business, but it must be administered to competently. Most of our clergy are priests, not businessmen. They have no administrative skills or background.
    Sad.

    1. The deans of the respective schools resigned their positions but will remain at the school as teachers. HCHC has been touted as the flagship institution of the Archdiocese since, well, forever. But it is an orphan flagship. After 80 years its endowment is perhaps $25 million. And, it is continuously borrowed against to make ends meet.The school has never been adequately supported financially either by the Archdiocese or by the Greek American community, which is especially sad, shameful and embarrassing, because of the socioeconomically successful position to which Greek Americans have risen. The endowment should be in the range of $250-500 million and perhaps even more.

      1. Very true the endowment should be bigger. But having watched our money misused and stolen and largely going to fund a luxurious lifestyle for our princeling bishops, many of us have shut our wallets until we see transparency and accountability. Sadly, I don’t expect to see that day in my lifetime

    2. Many of us have administrative skills, I am a former Marine Officer that saw action in Viet Nam. Your typical of most people in the Church. The Church is a business, just see the code for a non-profit corporation. Joseph Mirowski

  3. the economic future of the Archdiocese is dire , at best…the monetary tap has been shit due to the financial improprieties engaged in by those in power at the Archdiocese including the misappropriation of St Nicholas funds, the priest pension fund and teh seminary….the fun times are over unless and until the glutinous ,egotistical driven, power hungry Metropolitans are replaced by pious and humble men of God…..only then, perhaps, our dear Lord will see to it that teh Archdiocese returns to the glory deserving of HIS name……

  4. the economic future of the Archdiocese is dire , at best…the monetary tap has been shut due to the financial improprieties engaged in by those in power at the Archdiocese including the misappropriation of St Nicholas funds, the priest pension fund and teh seminary….the fun times are over unless and until the glutinous ,egotistical driven, power hungry Metropolitans are replaced by pious and humble men of God…..only then, perhaps, our dear Lord will see to it that teh Archdiocese returns to the glory deserving of HIS name……

  5. This is an insolvent, leaderless, corrupt, enterprise that stands for nothing except hyper ethnic Greek Leftist reasons. The head of the church is held in a gilded cage in an Islamic Republic that manipulates him, his deputies, and what’s left of the church like monies at a street side show.

    There is no solution.

    The only course of action is for the strongest of parishes in each region to break off, disavow any loyalty to this corrupt enterprise, and survive and reformulate within 20 plus years.

    This the Dark Age and the patriarchate and archdiocese are The Black Plague

  6. This is an insolvent, leaderless, corrupt, enterprise that stands for nothing except hyper ethnic Greek Leftist reasons. The head of the church is held in a gilded cage in an Islamic Republic that manipulates him, his deputies, and what’s left of the church like monkies at a street side show.

    There is no solution.

    The only course of action is for the strongest of parishes in each region to break off, disavow any loyalty to this corrupt enterprise, and survive and reformulate within 20 plus years.

    This the Dark Age and the patriarchate and archdiocese are The Black Plague

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