New York, April 6, 2021
The Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America met online yesterday under the chairmanship of Archbishop Elpidophoros. Among the various items dealt with, the bishops decided to begin drafting a new charter to govern the Archdiocese.
The Archdiocese is within the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In October, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate “placed into abeyance the force of the Charter of the Holy Archdiocese of America, with the objective of constituting a joint Committee of representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Archdiocese for the composition of a new Charter.”
This decision proved controversial in the Archdiocese, and many believe the new charter will demote the metropolitans of the Archdiocese to vicar bishops, placing Abp. Elpiodophoros in direct control of the entire Archdiocese. The Archbishop and the Synod praised Constantinople, however, for the opportunity to draft a new charter.
Six months after the charter was suspended, the Archdiocese is ready to begin drawing up its new guiding document, aiming to draft a charter that “meets the visions and expectations of the clergy and laity in view of the 100th anniversary since its founding next year,” reports Romfea.
The new charter will be drafted by a wider committee representing all organizations and bodies of the Church and Greek diaspora, with four representatives from each diocese.
The faithful can offer their input via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The composition of the committee will be announced after the Patriarchate tells the Archdiocese how many members it can have.
The Synod was also officially informed that Hellenic College Holy Cross in Boston is no longer on academic probation. And in response to the request of the National Sisterhood of Presvyteras (priests’ wives), the hierarchs resolved that the Sunday closest to the feast of Sts. Martha and Mary be celebrated as a national day of recognition for Presvyteras.