Names of Successors that Are an Insult to the Greek-American Community

The National Herald

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, greets Archbishop Demetrios, left, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, at the Patriarchate in Istanbul, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (Nikolaos Manginas, Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Service via AP, Pool)

The question of who will succeed Archbishop Demetrios now that he has resigned has attracted, as is logical, interest in Athens. And it is also logical that several names are being circulated by friends and supporters of those who consider themselves worthy of being a possible successor to Demetrios – they are being promoted in the various Greek newspapers, obviously to remind the Ecumenical Patriarch of their existence.

But some of the candidacies emerging from the ‘field’ of Metropolitans in the United States are bizarre. They are founded on the mere fact that they have lived and "acted" for a while in the United States. The people promoting them are on the cusp of insulting our Church and our people.

So pay a little more attention, dear fellow journalists.