Archbishop Elpidophoros acted outside of Tradition, says Archbishop of Cypriot Church

Nicosia, Cyprus, July 21, 2022

Abp. Elpidophoros and Abp. Chrysostomos during the latter's visit to the U.S. in 2020. Photo: Abp. Elpidophoros and Abp. Chrysostomos during the latter's visit to the U.S. in 2020. Photo:     

The head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America did wrong and acted outside of Christian Tradition by baptizing the children of a gay celebrity couple under much public fanfare, says the head of the Church of Cyprus.

Recall that Abp. Elpidophoros traveled to Greece earlier this month to baptize the adopted children, born from a surrogate mother, of fashion designer Peter Dundas and his “husband” Evangelo Bousis, who comes from a wealthy and influential family in the Greek Archdiocese of America.

Bousis and his relatives hailed the service as the “first openly gay baptism in Greece” and praised the Archbishop for his open and progressive values, while the ceremony proved to be an international scandal.

In an interview with the National Herald on Tuesday, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus said:

I think he went wrong when he did it; he shouldn’t have gone. He may have been his friend, and so on, but he could have done it somewhat quietly, so as not to cause a scene. How are the children to blame? The fact that he baptized them, he did well, but what kind of children will two homosexuals raise and give to society? Tomorrow when they go to school, won’t they be asked who their father is, who their mother is? What will these children answer—that is, they’ll be the ones paying the price. No matter how friendly he was, he could have had a priest go to a chapel and do the Baptism quietly, and no one would have noticed and told them that what they’re doing isn’t right. We love people, we don’t hate them, but this thing is outside the Tradition of Christianity.

Metropolitan Antonios of Glyfada, in whose metropolis the Baptism was held, wrote a letter to the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, explaining that Abp. Elpidophoros had misled him, asking only for a blessing to baptize the children of the Bousis family in his diocese. As Met. Antonios explains, the GOARCH head said nothing about the fact that the “parents” are an internationally known gay couple.

Earlier this week, the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece decided to send a letter of protest to Abp. Elpidophoros and Pat. Bartholomew of Constantinople. The Synod of Constantinople is meeting today, with Abp. Elpidophoros’ participation.

The GOARCH head has also been sternly criticized by Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus and the retired Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta.

Speaking with the National Herald, the Cypriot Archbishop also said he thinks the Russian war in Ukraine is a mistake, “because there will be no winners in this war; everyone will be losers.” He also repeated his criticism of the fact that Patriarch Kirill doesn’t commemorate him in the Divine services owing to his recognition of the Ukrainian schismatics.

Asked what he would like to say to Greeks in America, Abp. Chrysostomos opined:

They’re successful, they’re well established. What I would advise them is to never forget that they’re Greeks and not to consider themselves Americans, because if they think they’ve become Americans they won’t achieve anything. They’re Greeks and they must remain Greeks, and they must support Greece and Cyprus and our race in general, and they have the ability to support it.

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Panagiotis7/24/2022 5:10 am
So what that he made comments proud of his Greek ancestry and for Greek unity. People need to educate themselves about the history of Greek Cyprus and what the Greek people there went through. They suffered immensely under the ottoman Turkish yoke for many years. They had brief independence and then the Turks invaded in 1973 and took over a large percentage of the island, and remain there to this day. Western Powers did nothing to help Cyprus..... Ethnic Orthodox who are the majority in their Nation are also proud of their ethnicity and are also nationalists. Take a look at Serbia, Russia, Greece, etc. and you will find many nationalists among the Priests, Bishops, and laity. Nationalism and the Orthodox Church are intertwined in these countries, and without nationalism there would be no Serbian Orthodox Church, no Russian Orthodox Church, no Greek Orthodox Church, Etc. And without nationalism the Serbian People, the Russian People, the Greek People, Etc would have been decimated or assimilated years ago. It is the no good internationalists who are trying to make nationalism a dirty word! The internationalists created the USSR, and they used communism as a tool to try to destroy the Orthodox People and the Orthodox Faith. Millions of our people were massacred, and they succeeded in destroying our Orthodox Monarchies, but God willing the Monarchies will be restored. They are trying to destroy nationalism in order to pave the way for the arrival of the false Messiah, i.e. the Antichrist, who will be an internationalist. That is why Patriarch Kirill said it is the Orthodox Church that is standing in the way of the Antichrist, and he is a Russian nationalist. It is the no good internationalists that are pushing the no good liberal garbage movements so as to weaken the people, so they will be stupid enough and weak enough to accept the Antichrist or false Messiah. People need to put the pieces of the puzzle together and use the brain that Almighty God gave to them..... just my humble opinion.
Bor7/24/2022 1:51 am
So many mafia bosses in Serbia, Russia and elsewhere who were able to baptize their kids and no one, literally 0(!!), complained. What a hypocrisy. I would prefer to baptize children from gay couples more than from a mafia family. I'm against homosexuality, but the superhyper-overfocus on that sin by orthodox people makes me mad.
Brendan O Duterte MD7/23/2022 4:57 pm
Right teaching, right worship , and Jesus would’ve said: Your Faith has made you whole … GO AND SIN NO MORE.
anonymous7/22/2022 10:17 pm
"he could have done it somewhat quietly, so as not to cause a scene", i.e. his only mistake was getting caught and I see no inherent problem with his actions. What a weak and weasely statement, and as anti-gnostic pointed out also disgustingly (though entirely unsurprisingly) fascist.
Alex7/21/2022 11:02 pm
So Chrysostom is basically saying that what happened is alright if no one knew about it. Well, that is even worse.
sherlock_holmes7/21/2022 7:49 pm
abp. Elpidophoros is either confused, not knowing what is the difference between love and sexual perversion ( virtue and sin ) or gave up on sheep's clothing ( too hot ).Let's hope the other hierarchs can bring him back in the Church...tradition !
Anti-Gnostic7/21/2022 7:40 pm
"They’re Greeks and they must remain Greeks, and they must support Greece and Cyprus and our race in general, and they have the ability to support it." If an Anglo were to display such ethnic chauvinism he would be excommunicated. The non-Greek bishops in America need to just call a Synod and make one of their number a Metropolitan and declare themselves the autocephalous Orthodox Church of North America.
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