August 2, 2013
In the light of recent events, including the years of siege, as well the increasing the presence of Greek police, and the attacks on the Karyes Office of Esphigmenou (which including a serious injury given by Greek government officials to an older Esphigmenou monk, and the accusations that an Esphigmenou monk attempted to stop this behaviour), one would hope things could calm down. However, it seems this is not the case. Even monks from other monasteries on the Holy Mount (monks from monasteries that are actually commemorating Constantinople) are actually taking some form of pity and compassion on the persecuted brotherhood of Esphigmenou.
But, the Greek government will not stand for this. No, sir, if you are a monk of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and you show the least amount of mercy and compassion as an Orthodox Christian should, you will be arrested. While we are not grateful for the actions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek government in the murders, and assaults on the brotherhood of Esphigmenou, we are grateful that some information is coming out from Friends of Esphigmenou. Below is one such account of the recent arrest of a monk from Philotheou monastery, posted on the Friends of Esphigmenou website.
The Phanar has all the time in the world to meet with Atheist Marxist leaders, to present gifts of Qu’rans to heads of major global corporation, to host events with prominent abortion/population control exponents, to himself give his glad assent to promotion of the pro-abortion position, go to ecumenical prayer services with the Pope and while having the Pope visit in an official capacity at divine services, commanded that the Pope be commemorated in the Services as a Bishop of the Church (as well as the Ecumenical Patriarchate making it standard practice to have the Pope’s name on the Diptychs as if he were an Orthodox bishop!), and to do just about everything he shouldn’t be doing.
For Immediate Release: August 2, 2013
ELDERLY MONK ARRESTED FOR BRINGING FOOD TO ESPHIGMENOU MONKS
MT. ATHOS, GREECE — Yesterday police arrested 68 year old Father Demetrios of Philotheou monastery after he and his 86 year old Elder Father Chrysostomos brought food to the besieged monks of Esphigmenou monastery in Karyes, Mt. Athos.
Members of the imposter brotherhood who had earlier this week perpetrated a violent assault on the Esphigmenou monastery building in Karyes with a bulldozer, notified the police and falsely accused the elderly monks of bringing illicit building materials to the besieged monks of Esphigmenou.
Police arrested 68 year old Father Demetrios and brought him to the police station where they detained him for several hours, reviewing all of his personal information to see if they could find a reason to deport him from Mt. Athos. They even went so far as to question whether he owed money to the Greek tax authorities! The 86 year old Elder Father Chrysostom only escaped arrest because he happened to be inside the small store in Karyes shopping for a few essential items when the police arrived to arrest the food-delivering perpetrators.
Father Demetrios told the police he was delivering food to the besieged monks, and that he would do the same for the police if they were in need. After several hours, he was released.
More than 80 armed Greek police surrounded the monastery building this week filled with peaceful monks who only want to be left alone to pray. The monks continue to pray for peace and ask for the prayers of the faithful and appeal to the Mother of God for protection.
According to heart surgeon Dr. Athanasios Papageorgiou, at least 25 monks at Esphigmenou have already died at the hands of the government while the police continue to enforce a blockade to prevent the delivery of food, medical supplies and even visits from medical doctors to see ailing and elderly monks. This doctor and a dentist have been prevented from seeing the monks and attending to their medical needs. This week one monk was almost killed when the steel blade of the bulldozer used in the violent assault pierced the building and came within 15 centimeters of impaling him.
The monks have requested dialog with Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul, Turkey, in the hopes of resolving this religious dispute, but have been rebuffed, and have instead been met with violent attacks by the brotherhood supported by Patriarch Bartholomew.