Athens, August 27, 2021
The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece met yesterday and Wednesday, resolving to open an official investigation against two metropolitans who openly criticized the Synod’s decision to celebrate Pascha several hours early back in April due to the state-imposed curfew.
His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira and His Eminence Metropolitan Kosmas of Aeitolia appeared before the Synod to offer explanations for their words and actions, but the hierarchs of the Synod were dissatisfied with their resoluteness in their stance.
The matter was thus referred to investigators, pursuant to the Synod’s statues “On Ecclesiastical Courts and the Procedure Before Them,” reports Romfea.
At its session in May, the Synod asked its Committee for Doctrinal and Canonical Issues to gather files on the metropolitans and submit suggestions on how to proceed concerning a letter they wrote and other actions by which they “expressed insubordination and disrespect for the unanimous decision of the collegiate governing body of the Church of Greece regarding the extraordinary procedure for the celebration of the holy services due to health restrictions.”
Following the recommendations of the Synodal Committee, Mets. Seraphim and Kosmas were called to speak before the Synod this week, but “after hearing them, it considered the explanations provided insufficient,” and called upon them to renew their episcopal vows and to give their assurance in terms of compliance with Synodal decisions, according to the Holy Synod’s press release.
Given that the hierarchs rejected this proposal, the matter was turned over to Synod-appointed investigators, with the possibility of a Synodal court hearing and canonical sanctions.