Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
In an interview by Apostolos Zoupaniotis, published earlier today at Greek News, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, made the following comment:
I am not for the so-called “Benedict Option,” a retreat from the world to some form of Christian “Hasidism” that seeks separation based on external forms. We may not be of this world, but we have surely been placed in this world to be agents of change, and indeed transfiguration. And that is just one reason we teach the social ethos of our Church.
We made essentially the same point in our Benedict’s Option of September 1, 2017, Orthodoxy in Dialogue’s second week of publication.
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