CLOSE
Loading...
17° Nicosia,
27 May, 2019
 
Home  /  Comment  /  Opinion

An enlightened decision

The search for the next archbishop of America

Alexis Papachelas

Alexis Papachelas

The time has come for Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, the spiritual leader of the world’s Greek Orthodox Christians, to pick the next archbishop of America. The change is long overdue and the delay has taken a hefty toll on the Greek diaspora in the United States.

On top of being effectively left without a leader, the members of the community were also subjected to an extended period of deterioration, navel-gazing and discord. Senior members of the community are disappointed and have withdrawn from civic matters. Financial support for purposes related to the Greek community has dwindled to zero. There are calls for transparency and for taking sincere stock on what has occurred in recent years.

In any case, it is the patriarch who will have the final say on the day after, with full awareness of the situation and of the repercussions on the influence of the Phanar. Those who found comfort in inertia and those who are wary of real change are championing middle-of-the-road solutions. They are pushing for “transitional” solutions that will only secure the perpetuation of the sick status quo and the protection of clergy who are not exactly known for their integrity. They have good reason to advance such solutions.

Should the diaspora fail to turn the page, the Hellenism of America will be lost, Athens will lose a significant power multiplier and the Phanar will be weakened. Athens officials are aware of the problem and they ought to deal with it, although it does not appear that important in light of other current developments.

The patriarch is known to be a somewhat obstinate man. This is perhaps why he wanted to change the helm at the Archdiocese of America on his own terms and pace. One can only hope that this same obstinacy will help him make an enlightened decision that will safeguard an institution that he has been serving his entire life.

Opinion: Latest Articles

Eleni Xenou sifts through the mud of dirty politics to see a cleaner picture ahead of European elections

Did someone say Europe?

Cheap shots in Cypriot politics rule the day as party leaders choose bickering over substance
Eleni Xenou
 |  OPINION
Andreas Paraschos connects the dots as multiple cases fail to deliver justice, one after the other

The yellow lake

Lady justice fails to prevail as politicians hop from one case to the next
Andreas Paraschos
 |  OPINION
Marina Economides is fed up with petty politics that do irreparable damage, Kızılyurek’s candidacy a case in point

Toxic environment

Short term memory loss strikes around election season, but at what cost?
Marina Economides
 |  OPINION
Eleni Xenou looks closely at the racist question and discovers hidden undertones

So are we racists?

Walls go up as the dreadful question about racism fails to hit a nerve
Eleni Xenou
 |  OPINION
Cry havoc!

Cry havoc!

The decision by the President to call the Turkish incursion into the Cyprus EEZ an invasion has raised eyebrows both at ...
Yiannis Kafkarides
 |  OPINION
Kathimerini Cyprus writes a letter of apology in the wake of the horrific serial killer murders

Sorry

An apology in the wake of the horrific serial killer murders
 |  OPINION
A tear for Notre Dame

A tear for Notre Dame

Andreas Paraschos writes about the wilderness of a society that does not seek accountability
Andreas Paraschos
 |  OPINION
Son-in-law diplomacy

Son-in-law diplomacy

White House meeting between Erdogan’s son-in-law and Trump’s son-in-law raises eyebrows in Greece
Alexis Papachelas
 |  OPINION
Government reaction to the Guterres report has been baffling to observers of the Cyprus issue

Political Will

The UN report on Cyprus spells out that there is no political will for a solution
Yiannis Kafkarides
 |  OPINION
Caution and prudence

Caution and prudence

The next government will be called upon to make historic decisions. Until we get there, a good deal of prudence is advisable ...
Alexis Papachelas
 |  OPINION
Pompeo, Anastasiades, Netanyahu, Tsipras shake hands in Jerusalem, 21/03/2019

Westward Bound

Pompeo’s comments in Jerusalem tell the story of western political culture
Yiannis Kafkarides
 |  OPINION
X