BREAKING: Bishops again implore Elpidophoros: don't make Belya a bishop, our broken culture needs a unified Church

The bishops are also “painfully aware” that Abp. Elpidophoros also recently attempted to establish a Romanian vicariate, despite the existence of two Romanian jurisdictions in America already. The hierarchs are grateful that this plan didn’t come to fruition.

New York, July 13, 2022

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The ruling hierarchs of the Orthodox jurisdictions of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America are again calling upon the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to reconsider the decision to consecrate a defrocked former priest to the episcopacy.

“Our broken culture needs the Orthodox Faith, not a broken Orthodox Church in this land,” the bishops write, reiterating the warning from their first letter that they will be forced to leave the Assembly if Alexander Belya becomes a bishop and thus a member of the Assembly.

“This moment requires more from us hierarchs than simply a reassertion of our jurisdictional rights, especially when doing so harms our united witness to a land thirsting for the life- giving Faith ‘once and for all delivered to the saints,’” the bishops write in response to Abp. Elpidophoros’ own response to them from June 29.

Like the first, this second appeal to the head of the Greek Archdiocese is signed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America), His Grace Bishop Longin (Serbian Orthodox Church in North, Central and South America), His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas), His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph (Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia), and His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon (Orthodox Church in America).

The letter was delivered to all member bishops of the Assembly.

Given that Abp. Elpidophoros’ reply ignored and attempted to shift focus from the points being made by the concerned hierarchs, this second letter largely reiterates and calls upon the Greek Archbishop to focus more closely on the original points.

The bishops are quite disappointed that the Greek Archbishop has simply ignored the danger his plans pose for Orthodox unity in America, and it is for this reason that they have chosen to address him corporately, on Assembly letterhead.

Concerning GOARCH’s Slavic Vicariate as a body, the bishops identify that it’s “sole intent [is] poaching dissatisfied people of another canonical jurisdiction,” which “is unprecedented and could prove to be destructive and undermine our stated goal of unity.”

The bishops are also “painfully aware” that Abp. Elpidophoros also recently attempted to establish a Romanian vicariate, despite the existence of two Romanian jurisdictions in America already. The hierarchs are grateful that this plan didn’t come to fruition.

Given that Abp. Elpidophoros simply dismissed the hierarchs’ concerns about Belya as hearsay, this second letter goes into more detail. First, the hierarchs note that Belya was received into GOARCH after he had already been suspended by his former jurisdiction, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

While the Russian Church has broken communion with Constantinople over its anti-canonical invasion of Ukrainian Church territory, Constantinople repeatedly emphasizes that this decision was one-sided, and so, “how do you explain receiving a clergyman from a Church with which you are in communion without first resolving with that Church the matter of his canonical discipline?” the hierarchs ask.

Second, Belya has brought a lawsuit against the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which is a direct violation of Scripture and the holy canons. “This fact alone should prevent him from becoming a bishop… We do not understand how you can endorse the episcopal consecration of the very man who is pursuing such an anti-hierarchical action against a fellow Orthodox jurisdiction,” the hierarchs write.

In conclusion, the hierarchs reiterate their position, that they will quit the Assembly if Belya becomes a member, and renew their prayers “for a renewal of the conciliar spirit manifest when they met in Jerusalem and declared, It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us.’”

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As a cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Belya was known to dodge diocesan dues and bring clergy to America without the proper paperwork. His brother has also been implicated in serious crimes, including the trafficking of women.

In the summer of 2019, Belya forged a letter supposedly from His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), then the First Hierarch of ROCOR, to the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate, requesting that Belya be confirmed to become a bishop. However, the ROCOR Synod hadn’t actually nominated Belya, and he was subsequently suspended from priestly duties.

Refusing to abide by his suspension, he instead fled to GOARCH without a canonical release from ROCOR. He was defrocked by ROCOR in February 2020, and thus is canonically only a lay monk.

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Read the full text of the letter below:

Your Eminence, Beloved Brother in Christ,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

We have received your individual letters to us in response to our common request for reconsideration of the planned consecration of Alexander Belya. We delayed answering you because we did not want to detract from the joy felt by all Orthodox Christians in this land at the consecration of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Shrine at the World Trade Center and the celebration of the Greek Archdiocese’s centenary during your recent Clergy-Laity Congress. We pray, despite this difficult situation we face, that those occasions were full of blessings for you and all the hierarchs, clergy, and faithful of your Archdiocese.

Since you have often expressed concern that our Orthodox witness is hampered by acting as a confederation of churches rather than one Body of Christ, we were disappointed that you replied to us not as a unifying Chairman to the Assembly partners but merely as the head of one jurisdiction to the individual presiding hierarchs of other jurisdictions. This disappointment is compounded by Your Eminence’s choice to disregard the impact this proposed episcopal consecration will have on all of us, not just the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Beloved Brother in Christ, our letter acknowledged the right of your Mother Church to elect Alexander Belya but, at the same time, lovingly asked you to reconsider this decision in light of the consequences for Orthodox unity. Curiously, your letters to us merely restated this right (which we have never disputed) while completely ignoring our concerns. In the words of the holy Apostle Paul, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but the other’s wellbeing” (1 Corinthians 10:23-24).

Our letter asked Your Eminence to remember, as Chairman of the Assembly, that your actions impact all our jurisdictions. Surprisingly, your letters in response reprimanded us for our choice of letterhead. Yet it is precisely because we wish to maintain our unity in the Assembly that we are expressing our concerns in this way. As a majority of the

Executive Committee, we are addressing our Chairman in order to prevent harm to the Assembly. This is a matter of vital importance to this body, and it should indeed be addressed in this way – corporately and in an official context – regardless of nitpicks over procedure.

Our previous letter expressed concern that creating even more nationalistic ecclesial bodies would further confuse the faithful and muddy our canonical situation in this land. Your response to us, in turn, made a passing reference to preexisting ethnic jurisdictions that joined the OCA during the chaotic era of the Cold War (not dissimilar to the ethnic Albanian, Carpatho-Russian, and Ukrainian jurisdictions in America that exist within your own Patriarchate). Your justification for creating your own new ethnic vicariates – if the OCA has something similar, why can’t we? – is not pastorally sound logic and ignores the historical context that gave rise to those realities.

Likewise, establishing a vicariate within an existing ethnic jurisdiction with the sole intent of poaching dissatisfied people of another canonical jurisdiction is unprecedented and could prove to be destructive and undermine our stated goal of unity. In this particular case, the so-called Slavic Vicariate is actively soliciting churches and clergymen from other canonical jurisdictions to join it (see their webpage, www.slavonic.org/en/requirements). This is uncanonical and, frankly, offensive to all of us. Needless to say, Your Eminence would not appreciate one of our jurisdictions creating a Greek or Cypriot vicariate in order to take advantage of discord among members of your own community. We are painfully aware of your very recent attempt to procure a blessing from your Patriarchate to create a Moldovan/Romanian vicariate under your Archdiocese, based in Chicago, despite the existence of two Romanian Orthodox jurisdictions in America. We are grateful to the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for its wisdom in declining to bless your proposal.

Our letter asked Your Eminence to reconsider a decision that would further complicate the return of our Russian brothers to the Assembly. Instead of addressing this concern, your letters deflected and changed the subject to whether or not individual jurisdictions have condemned the invasion of Ukraine strongly enough. Let us, however, focus on the matter at hand.

Our letter charitably refrained from detailing our concerns about Alexander Belya. Your replies seem to discard all of our concerns as mere hearsay, so we are compelled to specify the two most glaring examples, putting aside some of the more personal ones. First, you received Belya in October 2019, after he was canonically suspended by his competent church authority on September 3, 2019. Any prior “general” letter of release (which itself is not canonically normative) purportedly signed by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, our brother of blessed memory, would thus mean little to nothing from a canonical perspective, even if it were authentic. The fact of Belya’s suspension is beyond dispute, and (to our knowledge) he has not even appealed the canonical judgment as provided in the canons. You often point out that, while the Russian Church broke communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has not reciprocated this action and thus remains in communion with the Russian Orthodox Church. If this is so, how do you explain receiving a clergyman from a Church with which you are in communion without first resolving with that Church the matter of his canonical discipline? You stated that Metropolitan Hilarion (and ROCOR, more generally) never contacted you, but did you bother to make inquiries with them in light of this strange letter of release and knowing that the former Archimandrite was under suspension and investigation for serious canonical and ethical charges?

Second, Belya has brought a civil lawsuit against the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in direct violations of both Holy Scripture (1 Corinthians 6:1-8) and the Holy Canons (Canon 9 of the Council of Chalcedon and Canon 6 of the First Council of Constantinople). This fact alone should prevent him from becoming a bishop. We cannot recall another instance in which a man has been proposed for consecration to the episcopacy in America and, by extension, membership in our Assembly of Bishops while carrying on such a clear and public violation of the canons. In addition to being blatantly uncanonical, this lawsuit threatens the legal interests of all our jurisdictions and, indeed, all hierarchical churches in the United States. The Roman Catholic Church has even offered their legal services to ROCOR because they realize the devastating consequences of such a lawsuit as this, which is being actively prosecuted by a cleric supposedly under your omophorion. We do not understand how you can endorse the episcopal consecration of the very man who is pursuing such an anti-hierarchical action against a fellow Orthodox jurisdiction, which could be detrimental to all of us – first of all, to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America!

Your Eminence, Beloved Brother in Christ, the issue we have brought to you is a simple one: will we function merely as a confederation of jurisdictions or as the Body of Christ in America? We are called to rise up to the challenges of this historical moment rife with civil discord, rejection of the evangelical commandments, famine, pestilence, and war. Our broken culture needs the Orthodox Faith, not a broken Orthodox Church in this land. This moment requires more from us hierarchs than simply a reassertion of our jurisdictional rights, especially when doing so harms our united witness to a land thirsting for the life-giving Faith “once and for all delivered to the saints.”

Once again, we ask Your Eminence and the Ecumenical Patriarchate to show an example of love and service, for the sake of all the Orthodox Christians of this land, and to uphold the canonical order bequeathed to us by the Holy Fathers, particularly when it comes to such a fearsome responsibility as choosing men for the Sacred Episcopacy. We reiterate our position, which cannot be compromised, that we cannot and will not concelebrate with Alexander Belya or his vicariate, and we cannot continue to participate in the Assembly if this man is elevated to the episcopacy and thereby, according to the Chambésy rules, joins the Assembly as a member. You are, of course, free to consecrate him; we, in turn, are free to avoid any dealings with him.

We offer our fervent prayers to the Holy Apostles for a renewal of the conciliar spirit manifest when they met in Jerusalem and declared, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us.” We ask Your Eminence to join us in this spirit of conciliarity and to work together in a manner that transcends the narrow interests of our separate jurisdictions.

With love and great esteem in Christ our Lord, we remain,

Your brothers and concelebrants,

Metropolitan Joseph, Vice Chairman
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Bishop Longin
Serbian Orthodox Church in North, Central and South America

Metropolitan Nicolae
Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas

Metropolitan Joseph
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia

Metropolitan Tikhon
Orthodox Church in America

CC: His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the USA

  

  

  

    

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Comments
Erick 7/19/2022 3:25 am
Maybe if we pray more God will take care of this man and others like him far better than anything we could do. I say turn to prayer and beg God to deal with this man.
John7/16/2022 8:25 pm
Panagiotis, I will say this respectfully taking your age into consideration, and not wanting to disrespect my elders: In order for a functioning body to work, there must be at least a few within that body that hold to a "rule of law" so that that rule becomes the guide, standard and judge of the body's behavior and misconduct, but if all the members of that body simply belittle the rule of law, and agree in word and spirit that that rule is outdated and not applicable anymore how will that body preserve itself from corruption and lawlessness since it has no true definition of corruption and lawlessness? Most orthodox bishops in the "Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops", protect one-another and do not subscribe to a patristic understanding of the canons of the church and of the rudder! They have a million and one excuses as to why they do not need to apply this canon or that canon, and why we must use "economia" in every situation on earth, which basically means doing nothing! How and why would they call a council when the council would go against their "brotherly ethos" lol! It's actually very pathetic! They are ALMOST all corrupt! ROCOR is no longer a part of this thing, so what can they do, and there is serious questions about ROCOR of the present day. Keep waiting for corrupt bishops to call a council dealing with corruption and you will be waiting a LOOONG time, my friend. It's like waiting for Biden to deal with voter fraud, or a corrupt police force suddenly saying "we are corrupt and have to fix ourselves" hahaha, good luck there! No my friend, it is time that people like you start to cleanse the Church with the same zeal of the early Christians and the holy fathers of the church such as St. Nicholas who slapped the son of satan, Arius in the face, and then the Holy Fathers begged God to not allow Arius to weasel himself back into the Church by deceiving the emperor, and what happened? God took the heretic's life in a most shameful way, similar to the way Judas died!
John7/16/2022 12:49 am
Dionysios, I have to respectfully tell you that you sound like a "progressive" Protestant from San Francisco. You quote a bible verse, (in Greek for some reason) make an accusation based upon your false interpretation and stand by while the zealous Panagiotis defends you simply because you quoted the bible in his mother tongue! But let's put things into proper perspective. Have you ever read about a man named Phineas, or do you only selectively read the bible to suite your pacifist weak view of Christianity? Let us read what the bible says in the language that this website is using...ENGLISH!: Just then one of the Israelites came and brought to his brethren a Midianite woman, before the eyes of Moses, and in the plain view of all the whole community of the Israelites, while they were weeping at the entrance of the tent of meeting. When Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he got up from the midst of the assembly, took a javelin in his hand, and went after the Israelite man into the tent and thrust both the Israelite man and the woman through to her belly. SO THE PLAGUE WAS STOPPED FROM THE ISRAELITES. And those that died in the plague were 24,000. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my wrath away from the Israelites, when he was zealous with my zeal for my sake among them, that I did not consume the Israelites in my zeal. Therefore, announce: ‘I am going to give to him my covenant of peace; and so it will be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of a permanent priesthood, because he has been zealous for his God, and has made atonement for the Israelites. NUMBERS 25:1-12 Do you see how God removed the plague from His people because one man killed the satanic filth that was committing fornication and adultery? OHHHH no!! Did God do that? Yes, He did! God praised Him, and credits Him for turning away His wrath and makes a covenant with Him of PERMANENT Priesthood! God made Him a priest because He cleansed the camp of Israel of the filth of adultery and fornication. God destroyed Sodom and Gamorrah for the sin of homosexuality. Today Elp is spreading a wicked and evil plague and you want to stand by and watch! Elp is endorsing and supporting the very things that God punished nations for, and you say that to cleanse the Church as Phineas cleansed the camp is pagan? You dare to call the God of the bible pagan? Who are you to say such blasphemy? Stop trying to shape God into your own image, it is God that made us in His image, and we must accept Him as He is. He is a HOLY, loving and JUST God! Do you want to accuse Him of being unjust because He praised and rewarded Phineas for killing an evil child of satan? Now you don't like me calling your bishop a son of satan? Here, read the words of St. John: "Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8. Would you like to hear it from the mouth of the Holy Messiah Himself? Here: "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44! Btw, The Holy Savior said these words to the highest ranking Jewish religious leaders of that day, which would be equivalent to your Archbishop elp the son of satan! Now, would you dare to argue with the Holy Triune God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? The same God of the Apostles and the Holy Church? I think NOT! Please read the Holy Fathers and NOT selective teachings of the modernists and heretics!
Manto Faros7/15/2022 7:23 pm
Mrs Jeannette Kotsonis - I agree and that's why the NWO mason dogs are attaking π.Δημήτριος - Αγίων Ισιδώρων
Panagiotis7/15/2022 4:42 pm
To Orthodox Brother Dionysius Redington: God bless you Orthodox Brother. We are Orthodox Christians first and foremost. The Holy Orthodox Church has faced issues in the past, and the Church itself has resolved these issues, and our Orthodox Church is still strong after 2,000 years. We must have faith in our Holy Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Bishops to resolve all of the issues facing our church. Maybe it is time to have an Orthodox Church Council of all the Orthodox Churches so all of the issues can be resolved. Glory be to our God! THOXA SI O THEOS, THOXA SI!... Just my humble opinion.
Dionysius Redington7/15/2022 3:55 am
Although I am as opposed to Abp. Elpidophoros and Patr. Bartholomew as anyone, the tone of some of these comments is essentially pagan. I mean, really, 'remove them by force' in continuity with Greeks' 'warrior past'? Abp. Elpidophoros, for all his faults, is no more a 'Satanic entity' than you who are reading this or I; even if he were, remember Jude 9: ὁ δὲ Mιχαὴλ ὁ ἀρχάγγελος, ὅτε τῶ διαβόλῳ διακρινόμενος διελέγετο περὶ τοῦ Mωϊσέως σώματος, οὐκ ἐτόλμησεν κρίσιν ἐπενεγκεῖν βλασφημίας, ἀλλὰ εἶπεν, ἐπιτιμήσαι σοι Kύριος. --Dionysius Redington
John 7/14/2022 11:13 pm
The bishops are all “friends” with one another and it’s as if their council of “standing orthodox bishops” was just created to maintain control and inner loyalty. It sometimes feels as though they have all agreed never to listen to “fanatic zealous laity” and never condemn one another. These bishops are all compromised. It also happens on the priestly level. They ARE PROTECTING one another. One priest will use his position to abuse laity, spiritually, emotionally and mentally and the other priests will protect him!! It is happening in the church, and it’s very very sad. It’s been going on since about 2008/9. This man will never be held accountable by his colleagues, since they have all agreed to protect one another. This will stop only when the laity take control and remove this wicked, evil son of heresy and satan BY FORCE!!! BY FORCE!! And by any means necessary. It’s time that the Greek men tune in to their warrior PAST and deal with this man accordingly. This will send a message to the rest of the bishops across all “jurisdictions”, and to the satanic, masonic masters that filth like elp serve.
Basil7/14/2022 5:29 pm
Sister Paisia - careful there. Unless there's evidence out there that Elpi indeed practices sodomy, you shouldn't go around making statements like that. I've seen these rumors in other places before and wouldn't be surprised if they were true, but we can't go around make unfounded statements.
Sister Paisia 7/14/2022 12:34 pm
Thank God for intelligent loyal people like poster THEODOROS! He himself has more right to do job of an Orthodox Archbishop than the practicing homosexual, heretic, disaster Elpidoforos! . Just pathetic - we American Greek Orthodox need to separate from Constantinople asap to save our church. Bartholomew clearly was senile to choose Elpi.
Zoey7/14/2022 12:20 pm
WE GREEK ORTHODOX HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE SATANIC ENTITY THAN AB ELPIDOPHOROS! SHAME on Bartholomew sending this demonic immature disrespectful failure !
Jeannette Kotsonis7/14/2022 4:41 am
Arch. Elpidoforus bows to a higher authority in Istanbul, and he in turn bows to the higher authority handling his purse strings in NYC. Yet God is in control, so while there are forces ripping apart the Church, there is a greater Power that is reviving the Church world wide. Something that we are seeing with the tens of thousands of miracles at Saint Isadore on Lykavettus in Athens.
Iacob7/14/2022 3:25 am
Anaxios!
anonymous7/14/2022 2:23 am
It's always something with El-pedo-phoros. If he's not marching around with terrorists, child molesters and child murderers, then he's going behind metropolitans backs to celebrate child abusers' access to children, consecrating defrocked priests, and telling bishops that their "use of the Assembly’s stationery [to object to such a consecration] could be considered inappropriate and in contradiction with the mission of the Assembly" ... How much longer must we put up with this? This apostate has already dwarfed the heresies of Theodotus, Apollinaris, Arius and Nestorius put together. It is insufficient to excommunicate him, anathematize him!
Rdr Daniel7/13/2022 10:40 pm
I am glad the bishops are taking a stand on this but at the same time they have the audacity to write that all Orthodox Christians feel joy at the consecration of the shrine of abomination when they truly feel great sorrow.
Antiochene Son7/13/2022 10:26 pm
It seems they are going to hold fast to this red line, thank God. It would be good for the other jurisdictions to unite without him. Perhaps Elpidophoros will in fact be the agent that brings unity to the American Chuch?
Menas7/13/2022 8:55 pm
So what he just did in Athens wasn’t enough to remove him from the Assembly?
Theodoros7/13/2022 7:41 pm
I am beginning to believe that Archbishop Elpidophoros creates problems intentionally to split the Church. He is arrogant and indifferent to the church’s mission. He is a bad guy who needs to be laicized. In the aftermath of the uproar over the gay baptism he has failed to respond to the allegations of Metropolitan Antonios of Glyfada that the request to conduct the baptisms was misleading. Anger, outrage, and division and the Archbishop goes on his way to start a new crisis. He is a profoundly dangerous man who will cause greater division in the future. He is for now a Greek problem. The Greek Churches have responsibility to stop him. The other Orthodox Churches in America should do the inevitable and break all spiritual ties with him. He is not going to listen to them and will not reverse his decision on this defrocked cleric he accepted.
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