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Metropolitan Kirykos (as the layman, “Mr. Menas
Kontogiannis”) Was the First to Misinterpret the
Cheirothesia to be a Real Consecration, by Calling it
“Uncanonical” and “Blasphemous,” and by Believing it to
Have Tampered With the Apostolic Succession
Translation from the Greek:
In Athens on 9th October, 1977 (old calendar)
REPORT – COMPLAINT
1. Eleutherius Gkoutzidis, Theologian – 42 Paioniou St, Omonia
2. Menas Kontogiannis, Theologian – 37 Pantazis St, Kato Ilioupolis
1. Former Arch‐chancellor Fr. Eugene Tombros
2. Metropolitan (former) of Corinth Sir. Callistus Makris
3. Metropolitan of Citium Sir. Epiphanius, and
4. Whoever else is also responsible
To the Holy Synod of the G.O.C., 22 Konstantinoupoleos St, Athens
The below‐signed Eleutherius Gkoutzidis and Menas Kontogiannis, taking
into account the events within the body of the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece
during the past decade, and especially:
1. Pertaining to the administration of the Church by the former Arch‐
chancellor Archpriest Fr. Eugene Tombros, which was clearly an
example of “Caesaropapism”;
2. The dispatching of an Exarchate to America in 1971, under the auspices
of the abovementioned Archpriest, consisting of the hierarchs, Sir
Callistus and Sir Epiphanius, who, without any communication with
the Holy Synod in Greece, resulted in:
a. the establishment of spiritual communion with the Russian
Synod Abroad without any guarantee on the part of that Synod
regarding the Orthodox Confession, and without the
maintenance of the necessary elementary preconditions for the
b. the crime committed by the request for canonical regularization
of our Apostolic Succession; and,
c. the acceptance of the uncanonical and blasphemous cheirothesia
3. The event that the abovementioned Exarchate lied to the Church, that
is to the Body of the Hierarchy and the faithful people, and to our
humbleness, declaring when they returned that there was a Confession
on the part of the Russian Synod, etc.
4. The events and the documents which in the past two years have begun
to appear, and recently the declarations of the fallen Bishop (former) of
Corinth, Sir Callistus Makris.
Towards all of You the above, and as humble Christians, and as
theologians – because through the above, for which we complain, the
Church was affected, and the greatest crisis was created in the struggle of
Orthodoxy, which the late Sir Matthew had entrusted to you – we request
that in context of Canonical Law and the spirit of saving Economy of our
Mother Church, the issue be judged by the Synodical Court, for the
settlement of persons and things in the Church, and the cessation of the
shock of the faithful.
In all this we remain
Humble children of the Mother Church.
Eleutherius Gkoutzidis, theologian
Menas Kontogiannis [future Bp. Kirykos], theologian
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