ATHENS – Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, has called an emergency meeting of the Hierarchy of the Church on Monday to discuss relations between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Phanar.
The Hierarchy will be called to ratify a decision made the Holy Synod in March on this issue and then elect new metropolitans for the northern Greek archdioceses in Thessaloniki, Eleftheroupoli, Kozani and Mesogaia.
The meeting is scheduled to last just one day. The decision to call an emergency meeting has been criticised by certain prelates, who say it will lead to “problems and adventures” for the Church of Greece.
In Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew called a special meeting of the hierarchy, just few days after the regular meeting of the synod, and in a statement issued afterwards, warns Christodoulos of quit any communication with him, in the case he won’t respect their agreements.
Metropolitan of Alexandropolis, Anthimos was on the way to the Fanar to seek a compromise.