Patriarch Bartholomew Undecided on Fate of Archbishop Demetrios (Vid)

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

BOSTON– His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew appears to be undecided once again about the issue of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the possibility of replacinghim with a new Archbishop.The National Herald has learned that the Patriarch made a brief mention of the issue at the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate which convenes this week at the Phanar.

He reportedly said that heis being pressuredconcerning the ecclesiastical problem of America and the removal of Archbishop Demetrios, but the issue will be resolve at its proper time. The Patriarch did not clarify when the proper time will be.

High ranking ecclesiastical officials of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and close associates of the Ecumenical Patriarch told TNH that from what they understand the Patriarch has arrived at his own conclusions for America which he will make known at some time in future, while the element of surprise should not be ruled out.

Meantime many were expecting that Patriarch Bartholomew this time would resolve the serious and overdue issue of Archbishop Demetrios.It is noted here that Patriarch Bartholomew in recent months had twice requested from Archbishop Demetrios to willingly submit his resignation due to both the spiritual and financial bankruptcy the Archdiocese is in, but the Archbishop refused, showing total defiance to his Ecclesiastical Authority.

The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is dealing with the serious issue of granting Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The completion of the Tomos could be as early as Thursday, October 11, but first the issue of canonicity of the Ukrainian hierarchs should be resolved.


  1. This unwillingness, or inability, to change the archbishop at this time stems from both political considerations and self interest. After the Spyridon fiasco and then this mess that is the GOA at this time, the Patriarch knows he needs to be very careful about his choice for the next archbishop. This two edged sword is important because he cannot alienate the faithful in the US. The EP cannot continue to exist without the financial support of the GOA. And, importantly, whom does he have to choose from? Met. Elpidoforos could be worse than Archbishop Spyridon. And even a casual examination of the hierarchs in the US should lead one to believe that none would be trusted by the laity. A fine pickle, indeed.

    1. We don’t need an archbishop, just a senior married priest as an administrator. Imperial celebate despots as a governance model doesn’t work in the good old USA. Leave us alone.

      All that’s left is a bankruptcy. Best that the next guy be a CPA/lawyer.

    2. Impossible. There is no church without a bishop. This dates to the second century. St. Irenaeos of Lyon: “Where the bishop is, there is the church”. Sure it’s the good ol USA but that doesn’t change the ecclesiology of the Orthodox Church. Try to separate the thoughts we have about the bishops here and what they done, or haven’t done, from what we, and the Church, demand of the bishops. There are celebates who would be a breath of fresh air but that’s also why they haven’t become bishops.

    3. Also – It would be nice if the next Archbishop is focused on the message and mission of Jesus Christ and will work tirelessly to grow the church spiritually and inspire and encourage the rest of us Greek Americans to do the same. But that message must come from the top -and trickle down to each Metropolis, each Parish priest, every parish council, every church organization and every faithful believer.

    4. 1908–Bishops were also historically elevated by the consent of the people not fiat of the Greek government, the Leaderless 100, or Faithless and Tumi carry on bags filled with Euros.

      You’re reaching for footnotes. An auxiliary locum tenens could be created by the wave of a wand and the sanction on married episcopacy could be lifted in a week. You’re a status quo thinker when we need true innovation and resourcefulness to survive. St. Irenaeus of Lyon isn’t going to help us now in 2018. The Titanic is sinking and the lifeboats have now taken on water too. Come up with better solutions than “no”.

    1. 2010 stats

      545 parishes
      476878 adherents ( means all baptized or married)
      107289. attendees. ( means those who stuck around after)

      That’s 196 attendees per parish
      There’s your 2010 reality
      2018 reality is 35% worse

  2. The Ecumenical Patriarch has made a mess of the American Church and won’t admit he is now part of the problem, not the solution. No wonder no one trusts him to do anything in Ukraine but make more of a mess.

  3. Time to clean house or let them go bankrupt and the decaying despot maggots who think they are Gods will have to get real jobs

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