Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Metropolitan Paisios Takes His Leave
Metropolitan Paisios in a last ditch effort to rally support, clear his name, save his reputation (wink) and perhaps garner donations made his farewell speech at the Divine Liturgy at St. Irene Chrysovalantou Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery in Astoria, NY on Sunday Oct. 24, 2010. It was reportedly an emotional display with tear filled eyes and references to his 'Judas' and personal 'crucifixion'. He instructed the faithful to accept to their new spiritual father even if he be the person who betrayed him, that being Bishop Vikendios.
Of course this duo is now over but this split begs the question what is really going on? After all they were inseparable for over 30 years bound through decades of controversy. What could have banished and expelled Paisios from his role as Abbot? These two defied proper protocol and jurisdiction discrepancies without batting an eye. They snickered claims of fiscal impropriety with regard to insurance claims with an are of righteous indignation. So what actually precipitated the rift and bad blood between these to controversial hierarchs whose first 30 years of service was outside any recognized orthodox jurisdiction? Let's also consider the role that George Lemonakis defrocked priest and disgraced iconographer played in this. Once again St. Irene Chrysovalantou Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery is catapulted into controversy.
These inquiries are fair game and worth noting when fingers start wagging and comrades are thrown under the bus. Metropolitan Paisios said during his sermon “everything has a beginning and an end, and so my service which began 40 years ago has come to an end today.” It would have been more appropriate to simply sight the years since is repentance in the 1990's then to consider his 'service' as a heretic.