Friday, November 2, 2012

Abp. Demetrios meets with Met. Hilarion

( - On 1 November 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion, the DECR chairman, currently on a working visit to the USA with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, visited the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and met with its head, Archbishop Demetrios of America.

Taking part in the meeting were Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk and Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Bishop Antonios of Phasiane.

Metropolitan Hilarion expressed his sympathy to Archbishop Demetrios over the hurricane that affected many people, including Orthodox Christians living near the shore.

Discussed was the current situation of Orthodoxy in America and of the Orthodox Church in America in particular. As well as relations between the Orthodox Church and those representatives of the Anglican Community who strive to preserve their faithfulness to Christian moral teaching.


  1. It is unfortunate that in their U.S. meeting on November 1, 2012, Archbishop Demetrios of America and Metropolitan Hilarion of Russia did not discuss the critical need for uniting all of the piecemeal ethnic Orthodox jurisdictions in America into one united Orthodox Church.

    This stumbling block to progress of Orthodoxy in the United States must be addressed and rectified -- and the sooner the better for America's Orthodox Christians.

  2. George, wouldn't that be implied in the fact that they discussed "the current situation of Orthodoxy in America," given that both these men being Orthodox Bishops surely understand that this "current" situation is not exactly what is canonically prescribed? On the other hand, I should think fundamental to any effective thrust for Orthodox administrative unity in the U.S. would be each jurisdiction getting its moral house in order and returning to traditional Orthodox practice (and particularly in terms of the spirituality and morality of its Bishops!). I'm reading *Beauty from Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community* the true story of Bp. Meletios, Metropolitan of Prevezza in Greece, whose arrival and ministry in this region in 1980 began a healing after decades of Church corruption had spiritually wasted the community. Let us pray God might raise up such Bishops for us here in the States in all jurisdictions (and, indeed, throughout the world!). I believe that administrative unity would then speedily follow.