Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greek Synod receives accusation of heresy against EP

(Orthodox Ethos) - Archimandrite Chrysostom, the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring in Paros, Greece, has submitted to the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece an historic formal accusation of heresy against Patriarch Bartholomew. Abbot Chrysostom has petitioned the Holy Synod to recognize, repudiate and condemn the Patriarch's "eterodidaskalia" (heterodox teachings) as contrary to the right teaching of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ.

"In submitting this letter to you," he wrote to the Holy Synod, "we place before the honorable Body of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece the scandal caused to myself, our brotherhood, clergy, monks and countless laity, by the successive waves of heterodox teachings which have been expressed at various times by His Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, the pinnacle of which being [expressed at] the Holy and Great Council held in Kolympari of Crete."

The formal petition provides 12 examples of heterodox teaching issued by the Patriarch over several decades, as well as 9 relevant canons of the Church, and ends with a list of bishops (13), abbots, hieromonks and clergy (14), and theologians (9) which the Abbot is suggesting be called as supportive witnesses before the Holy Synod when he will be formally called to defend his accusation.

Orthodox Ethos hopes to have the historic appeal translated soon.

Available in Greek here.


  1. Is there a big movement within the Greek clergy to correct the EP or is this just a rogue incident?

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  3. Father, do you have any update on the status of this accusation or links to same?

    1. Not yet. I'm sure we will as both "sides" are doubling down on rhetoric.

  4. I give my whole heartly support to Abbott Chrysostomos in his accusation of Heresy against His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew .
    I have now been a member of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Sweden due to the EP attitude towards those who criticize His way of leading his flock.