Metropolitan Emmanuel of France is Not a Candidate for Archbishop of America

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

BOSTON – Metropolitan Emmanuel of France is no longer among the candidates to become Archbishop of America according to the most recent information received by The National Herald from two sources who wish to maintain their anonymity.

Until recently, Metropolitan Emmanuel was on the list of candidates for the Throne of the Archdiocese of America, along with Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Prousa.

However, Metropolitan Emmanuel himself reportedly has informed Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew that he is not interested in the Archbishopric position in America.

It should be reminded that on February 16, 2019, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, at the end of the Vesper Service at St. George’s Patriarchal Cathedral at the start of the Triodion, announced that after Easter, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate will proceed to elect the new Primates for the archdioceses of America, Great Britain, and Australia. The next meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is scheduled to convene from Thursday, May 9 to May 11.

It should be noted here that it is possible Patriarch Bartholomew might change his decision, as he has often done recently.


  1. Elfidorcus should be patriarch, Savas Zembilas (Indiana born Colby College punk rocker,
    Oxford doctorate), for American Archbishop. Bart must resign before Jimmy.

    1. That slate would be two steps backward into complete oblivion and set the stage for a takeover of America by the Russians and the Athonite monasteries. Let’s face it, Emanuel doesn’t want to walk into a s*** storm known as the GOA. There is no bench other than going to the married clergy. The hierarchs are a Big Fat Zero. All of them.

  2. None of the GOA hierarchs combine the best qualities of being a pastor and an administrator. That is only half the problem. The other half is that the patriarch doesn’t have anyone who is a pastor and an administrator to replace the archbishop. Elpidoforos will be another disaster, like Spyridon. And, folks, hope and pray that the Megapolitan of NJ has fallen out of grace sufficiently with the patriarch that he is no longer held in enough favor to be considered for the top spot. As we say in Greek, me hirotera

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