BOSTON — Hellenic College – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox of Theology George Cantonis in an exclusive telephone interview with The National Herald refuted the info that was circulated from the School of Theology and also form clergy from Texas where the Archbishop is visiting that the recalled his resignation.
Cantonis told TNH that “my resignation letter hasn’t been recalled.” Asked if he is thinking of recalling it, he said “my resignation letter is contingent upon any discussion that I may have with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros upon the relative issues. To this point and time there hasn’t been no conversation.”
The entire interview has as follows:
TNH: How are you, Mr. Cantonis? Where have you been?
CANTONIS: I decided that it was a very stressful ten days that I had and I chose to take a long weekend to get away.
TNH: The National Herald has learned that you have recalled your resignation. Can you please inform the Church and the Greek American Community what is going on?
CANTONIS: My resignation letter hasn’t been recalled.
TNH: Are you thinking of recalling it?
CANTONIS: My resignation letter is contingent upon any discussion that I may have with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros upon the relative issues. To this point and time there hasn’t been no conversation. However I look forward to speaking to His Eminence.
TNH: When did you talk to the Archbishop last?
CANTONIS: The last personal conversation I had with His Eminence was on Thursday of last week (May 21) and of course he was on the Conference call to the Archdiocesan Council on Tuesday May 25.
TNH: Did you inform the Archbishop in advance that you were thinking of submitting your resignation?
CANTONIS: The meeting I had with him on Thursday, May 21, at the Archdiocese I informed him of that and I submitted my written resignation on Tuesday May 25.
TNH: Did I understand well that you had gone to the Archdiocese on Thursday May 21 to talk to him and tell him that you were thinking to submit your resignation?
CANTONIS: I didn’t go with that intention and I need to make that clear, but as the conversation unfolded, I didn’t feel that I had an option.
TNH: Would you tell us the reasons of your resignation?
CANTONIS: I think that you summarized them fairly well in your original article that had to do with governance issues and my concern about governance as related to the responsibilities of the Board, the responsibilities of the president and as related to the requirements of the accreditation, and at this point I don’t want to go any further.
TNH: I understand that next week you have a meeting with the Academic Authorities.
CANTONIS: On the 7 of June, I have a meeting with NECHE that was planed weeks ago. It is the normal follow up to the meeting that occurred that released us from probation. It is a normal procedural meeting.
TNH: Would you tell the authorities that hoy have submitted your resignation?
CANTONIS: I would have to be transparent with my situation which is why I hope to have a resolution by then.