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Hundreds of faithful Orthodox Christians and clergy throughout the Archdiocese of America are now calling for Archbishop Elpidophoros to immediately resign as Archbishop of America.
This past Sunday the Archdiocese witnessed an act of bravery by Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, who had the courage to be transparent with the faithful about information concerning the condition and past transgressions of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. You can read more about that statement here.
Most of the information shared by His Eminence had previously been provided by the detailed reports of federal investigators who are still investigating the corruption at the GOA.
But there is now a new development.
Earlier today, Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit publicly released a letter addressed to Archbishop Elpidophoros apologizing for attempting to be transparent with the faithful in his God-saved Metropolis.
Think about this.
A Metropolitan of the Church “willingly” and unnecessarily offered a letter of apology because his transparent actions resulted him in speaking openly with the faithful about what was happening in New York. A Metropolitan wanted to be honest and instead is now being forced to offer an apology. How can we not automatically assume that this letter came at the insistence of the Archdiocese? It is classic letter of retraction to force someone back in line with the company message.
And who has the power to force or demand an apology?
This is insane behavior from Archbishop Elpidophoros! This letter alone demonstrates Archbishop Elpidophoros is unworthy of being the Archbishop of America. It is an example of an Archbishop acting like a whining child who is throwing a temper tantrum because someone tattled on inappropriate behavior.