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The Bishop Who Consecrated Bishop Matthew of
Bresthena Was An “Old Calendarist Ecumenist”
Metropolitan Germanus of Demetrias, who consecrated Bishop
Matthew of Bresthena in 1935, did not have the Gkoutzidis‐style ecclesiology.
On the contrary, Metropolitan Germanus of Demetrias believed that all of the
Patriarchates and Autocephalous Churches that continued to retain the
Patristic Calendar were still canonical and Orthodox, even if they had not
severed communion with the New Calendarists. Accordingly to this quite
moderate ecclesiology, Metropolitan Germanus of Demetrias published a
Pastoral Encyclical in 1935, in which he writes that the very PURPOSE of the
Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece was to CO‐OPERATE
with the Patriarchates and Autocephalous Churches that kept the Old
Calendar! In the said Encyclical we read:
“…Remaining faithful to the tradition of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, the
ordinances of which our Church respects and unwaveringly retains, we shall
collaborate [Greek: synergazometha] with the Orthodox Churches of Jerusalem,
Antioch, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Athos, Russia, Poland, Serbia and the remaining Orthodox
Churches that keep the Patristic Old Festal Calendar, not acquiescing to remain
under the curses and anathemas of the Holy Fathers and the Orthodox Patriarchs,
who in Ecumenical and Regional Councils, appointed what is befitting…”
The original text in Greek reads:
«...Ἐμμένοντες πιστοὶ εἰς τὰς παραδόσεις τῶν ἑπτὰ Οἰκουμενικῶν
Συνόδων, τῶν ὁποῖων τὰς διατάξεις σέβεται καὶ διακρατεῖ ἀπαρασαλεύτως
ἡ ἡμετέρα Ἐκκλησία [τῶν Γ.Ο.Χ. Ἑλλάδος], θὰ ΣΥΝΕΡΓΑΖΟΜΕΘΑ μετὰ
τῶν ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ Ἐκκλησιῶν Ἱεροσολύμων, Ἀντιοχείας, Ὄρους Σινᾶ, Ἁγ.
Ὅρους, Ρωσσίας, Πολωνίας, Σερβίας καὶ λοιπῶν ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ Ἐκκλησιῶν,
αἴτηνες κρατοῦσι τὸ πάτριον παλαιὸν ἑορτολόγιον, μὴ στέργοντες νὰ
διατελῶμεν ὑπὸ τὰς ἀρὰς καὶ τὰ ἀναθέματα τῶν Ἁγίων Πατέρων καὶ τῶν
Ὀρθοδόξων Πατριαρχῶν, οἴτινες ἐν Οἰκουμενικαῖς καὶ Τοπικαῖς Συνόδοις
ὡρισαν τὰ συμφέροντα...»
Since Metropolitan Germanus of Demetrias believed that the
Patriarchates of Jerusalem, Antioch, Russia, Serbia, etc, were valid Orthodox
Churches, and that the role of the G.O.C. was to collaborate with them, does
this not make him an “Old Calendarist Ecumenist” according to the extremist
Gkoutzidian ecclesiology? If so, then that would make Germanus a graceless
heretic even at this time that he was consecrating Bishop Matthew. So then,
with which grace did he perform the consecration?
Behold the original document in Greek, as it was found in the archive
of Bp. Kirykos Kontogiannis, and criminally hidden for all of these years:
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