April 14, 2011

New Conflict Between Australian Archdiocese & Genuine Orthodox Church

Marianna Kourti
April 9, 2011

A new ecclesiastic quarrel burst out in Australia, where Athens and the Phanar were also involved, between the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and the Genuine Orthodox Church (GOC) of the nation. The new conflict was inflamed by an attack initiated by the Bishop of the GOC of Trimythus Mr. Christodoulos, against the Orthodox Church, which he considers to be “a sinner daughter of a sinner mother”. The Archdiocese of Australia brought Mr. Christodoulos to its Primary Spiritual Court, charging him for several “illegal” actions aiming at the manipulation of the pilgrims. Bishop of Dorileou Mr. Nikandros informed Mr. Christodoulos about the charges, while his “trial” was scheduled for the 6th of April, at the offices of the Holy Authority of Adelaide, Australia. The Bishop of Trimythus denies his presence in the Court and answered by characterizing the Orthodox Church as a “sinner”. He also supported that those who are members of the Orthodox Church should be charged and not him. He is not going to pay any attention to the threats regarding the Spiritual Court.