New York.- Thee Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is sending an Hexarchy in New York to investigate the crisis in the Monastery of St Irene Chrysovalantou, where the Abbott, Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana resigned after a conflict with his deputy Bishop Vikentios.
According to non confirmed press reports depositions were given to the police and other authorities regarding accusations by people following the monastery. Paisios’ lawyer Brian Skarlatos in a letter send to Bartholomew on November 2, claims that he contacted the Detective’s Squad at the 114th Precinct on the same day “and they were not able to provide any evidence that Paisios Loulourgas was under investigation or wanted for questioning.”
Newest reports published in the electronic edition of the Greek American daily “The National Herald” claim that a former nun with the Monastery made a deposition to the Police the night of November 5th.
Greek News contacted Metropolitan Paisios who is Athens, following an order by the Synod (similar order involves Bishop Vikentios). Paisios denies any wrongdoing, saying he knows nothing more on the nun’s actions.
By order of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Hexarchy has taken over the administration of the Monastery, pending a final decision by the Holy Synod. The Hexarchy was expected to arrive last night.
During the deliberations of the Holy and Sacred Synod, from November 2nd to November 4th, the issue that arose to the Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou in Astoria, New York, was evaluated. After being duly informed by the appropriate Synodical Committee, which received individually the Monastery Abbot, His Excellency Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, and the Deputy Abbot, His Grace Bishop Vikentios of Apameia, the Synod considered the written reports of both aforementioned hierarchs and unanimously decided:
a) That the Metropolitan of Tyana and the Bishop of Apameia abstain from the Monastery, remaining temporarily in Greece.
b) That a Patriarchal Exarchy be sent to Astoria, comprising the following members: His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles, V. Rev. Archimandrite Petros, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou on Mt. Athos, and the V. Rev. Archimandrite Kyrillos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England.
c) That the Holy and Sacred Synod re-visit this matter at its next meeting on December 1, 2010, in order to render its final decisions concerning the Monastery on the basis of the report submitted by the above-mentioned 3-member Exarchy.
At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 4th of November 2010
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod