Bishop Porphyrios of Martyropolis released a statement from the Synod of the GOC of the Patristic Calendar under Metropolitan Anghelos of Avlona Tuesday indicating that communion with the Milan Synod was irreparably broken.
Referring to the level of control Bishop Abundius of Lecco holds over the Metropolitan, and indicating clearly that without his removal no communion was possible, the Synod referred to the determination as final.
After last week’s announcement of communion, Bp Abundius placed a statement on the Milan Synod’s website claiming that they were only in communion with the GOC-PC — and only with the Greek Church, not the True Orthodox under Metropolitan Raphael– “until communion with Moscow was achieved”. In informal communications, Bp Abundius distorted the previous week’s events, falsely claiming that “Metropolitan Evloghios had been handed a letter in Greek to sign” (photos clearly show the Metropolitan signing a document in English, in which he is fluent). The action prompted sharp exchanges between the parties; however, Metropolitan Evloghios chose to capitulate to the will of Bp Abundius.
In Milan-related news, Bp Abundius released a statement today indicating that they were cooperating with authorities in the matter of a Romanian New Calendarist priest who had been allowed to serve freely in the Italian Churches. Nicolae Sima, was convicted of prostituting and abusing two boys aged 14 and 17, and Bp Abundius stated that they “distanced themselves from this individual”.
The statement from the GOC-PC reads as follows:
-FOR THE REASON THAT METROPOLITAN EVLOGHIOS CANNOT STATE WITH COURAGE HIS DECISION AND RESPECT HIS OWN SIGNATURE…
-FOR THE REASON THAT THE FALLEN “BISHOP” ABONDIOS INSISTS TO AFFECT AND INFLUENT THE COURSE OF MILAN SYNOD…
-…NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO TO INSULT THE GENUINE ORTHODOXY AND THE GREEK-RUSSIAN TOMOS OF COMMUNION…
-…ALL THE MOST, BECAUSE THIS ACTIONS ARE COMING FROM A “BISHOP” WHO DIS-HONORED HIS BISHOPRIC VALUE…
FOR ALL THESE SEVERE REASONS, WE ARE OBLIGED IN THE NAME OF TRUE ORTHODOXY AND IN THE NAME OF THOSE WHO WE HOLD DEAR, TO DECLARE THE MILAN SYNOD,
NON IN COMMUNION WITH US.
IN ANY FUTURE ATTEMPT OF METROPOLITAN EVLOGHIOS TO RENEW HIS COMMITMENT AND HIS SIGNATURE TO THE HOLY COMMUNION, WE WILL ACCEPT THIS, ONLY UNDER THE STRICT CONDITION THAT “BISHOP” ABONDIOS WILL NOT BE PART OF HIS SYNOD OR OUR COMMUNION.
THIS IS THE FIRM AND FINAL DECISION OF THE HOLY METROPOLITAN SYNOD OF THE PATRISTIC CALENDAR, GENUINE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF GREECE.