Monday, October 11, 2010

Was Metropolitan Paisios' Resignation from St. Irene Monastery Forced?

According to my research:
Following a supplication service Metropolitan Paisios announced to his close associates his resignation as Abbot. October 5, 2010 an official letter of resignation was submitted to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, by Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, who will no longer serve as abbot of the Saint Irene Chrysovalantou Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery in Astoria, NY.
Although the Metropolitan cites health related issues as the impetus for this sudden resignation, there seems to be more to the story. Scandal and controversy are seldom far from this high profile heirarch and his right hand man  Bishop Vikentios.  It cannot be avoided that Metropolitan Paisios and Bishop Vikentios clerical tenure is riddled with unorthodox protocol, having served unrecognized by any canonical Orthodox Church in the world, under the umbrella organization of the traditionalist "Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece". It should also be noted their monestary functioned without any blessing or affiliation throughout much of the 1980's and 1990's. 
It was not until an agreement was forged by Archbishop Spyridon of America, in the late 1990's, that these two clerics were given a pathway to canonical standing with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. That course  included being reordainded and serving as patriachal bishops to oversee the St. Irene Monastery and its dependencies in the United States.
Coincidently this abrupt and recent resignation and request to move out of the United States, comes on the heels of a more recent, but lower profile scandal with now defrocked priest and self proclaimed iconographer George Lemonakis.  As previously reported on this blog and in print, George Lemonakis was serving the dependency of Saint Irene in Florida when he was defrocked by the Church of Crete after defying direction from the Archbishop of Crete to return to the island; choosing rather to establish a breakaway church in close proximity to the dependency where he once served.
The relationship between the two circumstances appears to be supported by claims made to The National Herald in a revealing interview given by Bishop Vikentios of Apameia  on Sep. 9, 2010  which seems to indicate  that the genuine cause for resignation was more closely related to Saint Irene's 'breakway' dependency in Florida.  During this interview Bishop Vikentios also discussed details about  Metropolitan's decisions regarding their Astoria-based Patriarchal Monastery and its dependencies located all across the United States. Reportedly Metropolitan Paisios was very irritated by his Bishop's lack of discretion.  
Rumors continue to circulate as people speculate the real terms for the resignation of Metropolitan Paisios and the concerned with defroked cleric George Lemonakis. Immediately  following the said interview with The National Herald, the Ecumenical Patriarchate summoned both Metropolitan Paisios and Bishop Vikentios to the Phanar to explain the dilema and circumstances.  
His All-Holiness has referred the resignation of Metropolitan Paisios to the Holy Synod in Constantinople, which is slated to discuss the matter on Nov. 2, 2010.   As the Deputy Abbot, Bishop Vikentios of Apameia, will serve as the interim Abbot.

1 comment:

BrokenButNotDead said...

The United States FBI is now going after Met. Paisios. This is what I know about him.

1. Metropolitan Paisios engaged in human trafficking, and had sexual relations with sixty or so minors. Why haven't you insisted that he be brought to justice and accountability?

2. Spyros Malamatenios (one of the minors molested), said that a priest currently serving in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese would bring young men around in their early to mid-twenties to Paisios, who would pay them to engage in sexual activities. Spryros also said that Paisios would also encourage him and other boys to have sex with 11 or 12 year-old girls. Spyros said he became an atheist “because of the things that I have seen with Paisios and other clergy from everywhere, from Athens too. I know too much.”

3. One Greek Orthodox priest who is still employed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, brought boys to Paisios for sexual acts! Can you investigate to find out who this man is?

4. Metropolitan Paisios' engaged in sexual activity with a young nun named Christonymphi Fitzpatrick. She said that her brother (Nectarios) was sexually harassed by Paisios' when he was 15 years old! She has already shared her information with the police.

5. Andreas Georgiou launched a lawsuit against the Monastery and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Other alleged victims are expected to follow.

6. Metropolitan Paisios' engaged in group sex with male and female people.

7. The former Bishop Vikentios of Apameia was under 17 years old when Paisios' made sexual advances toward him.


I recently came across this article from the New York Post.