August 28, 2014

Abp. Demetrios: Paschal Message 2011 [VIDEO]

Abp. Demetrios (GOA)

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Website Protocol 46/11 April 24, 2011 Holy Pascha The Feast of Feasts Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4) To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ is Risen!  Χριστός Ἀνέστη! On this great and glorious feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with unspeakable joy, our minds embrace the light of truth, and our souls are transformed by His … [Read more...]

Address by Abp. Demetrios at SVS Orthodoxy & Hellenism Conference

Abp. Demetrios (GOA)

For its Annual Symposium in 2010, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary hosted several highly qualified speakers to explore the ramifications of Hellenism, noting its lasting and profound effects on the cultural, linguistic, and canonical history of the Orthodox Church. The symposium is sure to contribute to the ongoing discussion about Orthodoxy in North America and facilitate greater understanding and cooperation among Orthodox Christians on this continent. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, delivered the keynote address. His address is broken into 5 parts below. Listen here: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Visits Ecumenical Patriarchate and Athens

From the GOA Press Office. Note the last paragraph: Upon his arrival in New York yesterday, Archbishop Demetrios was informed about some false reports in the Media referring to information of a supposed resignation. His Eminence stated categorically that the reports were baseless and patently false. The Archbishop further added that there is no discussion about any resignation whatsoever. He said that he is looking forward in the coming years to the continuation of the sacred and vital mission and work of the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, with the same faith, zeal, methodical planning and love, especially in view of the difficulties confronting our contemporary world. ++++++++++++++ Contact: PRESS OFFICE Stavros Papagermanos NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios of America made a five-day trip to Constantinople and Athens. He arrived in Phanar on Friday, April 23 – the feast of the St. George the Trophybearer – in order for his visit to … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios on the Way Out?

HT: St. Andrew House Orthodox Discussion Forum Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON- At 83 years old and beleaguered by a raft of questions about his ability to keep leading, Archbishop Demetrios may leave his position at the Archbishopric Throne of America, it emerged after intense discussions at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, where he traveled unannounced, as well as among prominent Greek-American leaders who want him retained. The National Herald was unable to reach him at press time. Those familiar with the issue attribute the possible development to his age the constant accumulation of various unresolved problems under his tenure recently. Sources said it was believed at the Patriarchate that these questions have stagnated the ecclesial life of the Archdiocese of America. TNH also has learned that a group of prominent Greek Americans do not agree with the possibility of Archbishop Demetrios leaving his post and threatened to stop all financial and other … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios on his role and relationship with the White House

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Another one? Greco-triumphalism trumps the moral tradition — again

Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias and Abp. Demetrios (GOA). Who is looking over their shoulder?

Alexi Giannoulias is the Democratic candidate for US Senate (Obama's old seat). He crows about his endorsement from Planned Parenthood ("incredibly honored to be the only senate candidate to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood!!" twitter), favors homosexual marriage and wants to repeal DOMA, even marched in Chicago's gay rights parade (dissipation alert) calling it "a thrill of a lifetime." Needless to say, the Greek lobby is ecstatic, "His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America recognized the extraordinary public service of two of the Greek-American community’s brightest young stars at a reception in Washington, D.C. on the occasion of the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama" (from 2008). … [Read more...]

Orphangate resolved?

Well, the New York-Constantinople brouhaha seems resolved -- sort of (see: Abp. Demetrios on the way out?). You still wonder though why a hierarch wrote of Abp. Demetrios in terms we could charitably call disparaging over what should have been an easily resolvable dispute. It's all a misunderstanding Constantinople assures us, even though it took a synodal meeting to reach this conclusion. Metropolitan Theoliptos, the hierarch who wrote the screed, allegedly went rogue. If so, then shouldn't his disparagement of Abp. Demetrios ("conscienceless shepherd") require a public apology? After all, if you besmirch a man in public, you owe him an apology in public. What we see instead is reassurance that the Ecumenical Patriarch supports Abp. Demetrios alongside the statement that the majority of the synod did not want to send out the letter of support. Yet even the EP's support is qualified. He says that American Archons (lay members who support the Ecumencial Patriarchate) made him … [Read more...]

Abp. Demetrios on the way out?

Met. Theoliptos - Ranking hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Metropolitan Theoliptos also wrote “Truly where are we going? Where has our wretched Orthodox Church been led? Where has the Church been led by the conscienceless shepherds? How can we want the faithful to believe us and to follow us when we do not practice what we preach?” Metropolitan Theoliptos, one of the most prominent hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate also said in his letter that “If he (Archbishop Demetrios) is not in apposition to help two orphan boys ten years old, then it is bad that he remains in his position.” +++++++++++++++++++++++ The National Herald reported on January 15, 2010 on the plight of two Congolese boys who were not allowed to join St. Basil's Academy by Abp. Demetrios of the GOA (See: Archbishop Demetrios’ Handling of Request to Help Two Orphans Creates Crisis). The boys, born of a Greek father and Congolese mother, recently lost their father and their mother is dying of cancer. Having no relatives in the Congo, relatives in America approached … [Read more...]