Metropolitan Emmanuel of France on Ukraine’s Autocephaly

His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France leading hierarchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Holy Metropolis of France. (Photo: Holy Metropolis of France)

PARIS, FRANCE – His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France in an interview with The National Herald discusses the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s decision to grant Autocephalous status to the Church of Ukraine.

Metropolitan Emmanuel is among the Patriarchate’s leading hierarchs and one of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew’s closest colleagues.

He provides up-to-date information on the situation and refutes the Moscow Patriarchate’s objections to the Phanar’s intervention in this matter, and has visited all of the Orthodox Churches around the world to apprise them …

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    1. Marine, we can take our independence, just like 1776.

      “….from time to time, the Tree of Liberty must be watered by the blood of patriots”—-Thomas Jefferson

      The Church of Greece declared their own independence, and so can we.

      Emmanuel is about like Spyridon. Born here but a Levantine through and through with a sketchy career path that leaves zero evidence that he’s prepared for the Varsity, if there is one !

      1. Initially, Greek Orthodox churches in the US were under the Church of Greece. Eleftherios Venizelos was a secularist so it’s questionable whether he even cared about that. But Meletios Metaxakis was his cousin and wanted jurisdiction over the church here. And he got it. A long battle eventually saw Alexander become the first Archbishop of the GOA in 1923, the same time the calendar was changed, which both Metaxakis and Venizelos saw as a good thing, each for their own reasons.

      2. Well, Ripargidi, as usual, is full of OCA agitprop, just like when he put Ligonier back a generation. No, the CHurches were all over. Look back in Proquest and you will see, come were with hte RUssians, others with Greece, others totally independent. Greeks don’t listen to nobutty, so they do their own thing. Which also happens to be the American Way.

  1. For informative purposes only, please take note. Unlike His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, who was born in the U.S., His Eminence, Metropolitan Emmanuel, was born in Crete, Greece.

    1. Thanks for clarifying precisely why we don’t want another foreign born unemployed hierarch whose allegiances to our American life are questionable. You keep His Amazingness. Make sure he wakes up by 1030 (AM, that is) with a Kaffedaki and a Marlboro Menthol.

      1. Spiro you are spot on. We have had too many princess hierarchs foisted on is in the US. Time for an authentic autocephalous American Orthodox Church!

      2. He’s not unemployed. He been the Metropolitan of France for some years now. He also has a degree from Holy Cross and I understand he has good English. All that being said does not necessarily make him the best ro right choice. However, whom among the US hierarchs would you want as Archbishop?

      3. repanidi1908,
        Being Metropolitan of France means being essentially un/ under employed. No heavy lifting required. Who do I want as US leader? A senior married qualified priest will do just fine, perhaps one with a law degree or CPA license. A degree from Holy Cross and no other educational or professional credentials means nothing. You keep him over there for us, not here.

  2. I suppose Zolas was referring to my post. What you read is an accurate historical account. Agitprop for the OCA? You must be kidding. Actually, canonically speaking, the Moscow Patriarchate was here first in Alaska and the west coast so they should be in charge. And, initially, many Greek churches were visited by Russian bishops because they were here and only the occasional bishop visiting from Greece would make the rounds of the Greek churches.

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