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Title: The Matthewite Encyclical of March 1, 1957, Accepts a Synodical Regularization for the 1948 Consecrations (Which Became a Reality By Cheirothesia in 1971)
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The Matthewite Encyclical of March 1, 1957, Accepts a 
Synodical Regularization for the 1948 Consecrations 
(Which Became a Reality By Cheirothesia in 1971) 
…And the portion of those who disagree, being led astray and leading others to stray, 
causes division by preaching that the Bishops not be recognized because of the taking 
place of the supposedly anticanonical consecration of a Bishop by one Bishop.  
Children beloved in the Lord, this refusal to recognize is an error; it is an excuse for 
division.  It  has  been  witnessed  scientifically  and  historically  that  dogmatically  the 
consecration is valid. Dogmatically, the Bishops are in order. They are Bishops having 
the fullness of Episcopal authority. The matter is solved. For the sake of ecclesiastical 
order  from  the  standpoint  of  administration  in this  matter the  question  is judgeable 
before the appropriate Synod for investigation if the consecration was justified, and if 
it was not, then the application of the appropriate penalties. 
Therefore there might be some justification to contend that there is here a matter yet 
to be judged, which neither invalidates, nor impedes, nor suspends the full exercise of 
the Episcopal authority. All of our Episcopal activities and deeds are absolutely valid 
canonically  and  dogmatically  until  the  calling‐together  of  an  Orthodox  Synod  in 
which  circumstance  we  might  be  condemned  administratively.  Therefore  it  is  an 
excuse which is put forward as an unjustified reason to justify the work of division.  
Even  though  this  canonical  and  not  dogmatic  pretext  is  offered,  it  is  not  generally 
accepted, yet, for the sake of unity, for the sake of the Struggle, for the sake of love, for 
the  sake  of  peace,  we  accept  being  administratively  subject  to  trial,  eager  to  come 
before  a  Canonical  Orthodox  Synod,  whenever  it  might  come  together  to  render  an 
account  and  to  be  judged  for  the  administrative  rationale  of  the  consecration  of  a 
Bishop by one Bishop, which took place in a time of circumstantial need for the sake of 
the faithful…  
Your Fervent intercessors before the Lord, 
The Holy Synod 
+ [Metropolitan] Demetrius of Thessalonica, President 
+ [Bishop] Spyridon of Trimythus 
+ [Bishop] Andrew of Patras 
+ [Bishop] Callistus of Corinth 
+ [Bishop] Bessarion of Tricala and Stagae 
+ [Bishop] John of Thebes and Lebadia 
+ [Bishop] Meletius of Attica and Megaris 
+ [Bishop] Matthew of Bresthena 
+ [Bishop] Anthimus of Piraeus 

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