EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): We just learned the news that Met. Kallistos Ware of Diokleia fell asleep in the Lord… An erudite theologian, he was always informed and passionate about his positions and never afraid of controversy.  Our information says that the Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev (formerly in charge of the Foreign Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate – now leading Hungary’s Orthodox Church who was a student of Met. Kallistos) was next to him until the end and delivered Holy Communion to Kallistos… Which will certainly cause more controversy, as Met. Kallistos was supposedly under the Constantinople Patriarchate… 

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia fell asleep in the Lord (upd)

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia and hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne, has fallen asleep in the Lord today, August 24th (1934-2022) as reported by the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

The Holy Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, “sadly announces the falling asleep of His Excellency Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia on Wednesday 24th August 2022.

A noted scholar, lecturer and author, and devout and faithful clergyman, a beloved spiritual father, His Excellency served Christ and His Church for many years. His words, spoken and written, made Orthodoxy known to the entire world, especially to his native land.

The clergy are asked to offer the appropriate memorial services and the faithful are asked to pray that God will receive his soul in His Kingdom and number him among the just.

When funeral arrangements are finalised, they will be made known to the public.

May his memory be eternal.”

It should be reminded that on August 14 there were reports that Bishop of Diokleia, Kallistos Ware, has reposed in the Lord. Later it was clarified that he is in critical condition.

The Metropolitan of Belgium via a post on his social media accounts said about the late hierarch: “We thank God for who he was and what he meant to the Orthodox Church worldwide and to humanity.

I myself was blessed to meet him from childhood, when my father regularly invited him to give lectures in Ghent (Belgium). I was also blessed to succeed him in the international dialogue between the Orthodox and Anglican Churches.

May his memory be eternal!”.

30 COMMENTS

  1. May his memory be eternal. A true witness to Christ and the Orthodox faith in the spirit of the three great hierarchs, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great. He was both fearless and humble as he sought to learn from all possible sources, including Christian traditions outside of Orthodoxy. He was transparent about the evolution of his thinking on difficult matters in the life of the Church, and was not afraid to talk and write about these matters, yet always maintained his integrity as an Orthodox Christian, despite some of the criticism he received in his later years regarding his openness to the ordination of women and his views on homosexuality. We need more prophetic voices like his in the life of the Church, men and women deeply steeped in the life in Christ and the Orthodox faith, willing and not afraid to engage the culture, and open to the work of the Holy Spirit among us.

    • “Open to the work of the Holy Spirit?”
      Pal, he was just open to Satan influencing him!
      Look: you’re just a deluded heretic that’s all and as for Ware’s intellectual musings?
      That abomination came from his twisted Anglican background.

  2. Kalistos Ware was under Constantinople?
    Then it explains his insane acceptance of
    homosexual marriage!

    Long ago Bishop Kalistos was a good writer and an impressive convert from Anglican Church to Orthodoxy…
    sad, he lost his way

  3. He used to be a decent theologian, but he lost in the end. He absorbed the un-Orthodox spirit of the age and godless academics who continually attack the Orthodox Church. His public approval and support of gay “marriage” was a horrible mistake. Unfortunately, he never repented of that heresy or reversed his support of such abominations.

    Met. Kallistos Ware Comes Out for Homosexual “Marriage”
    https://www.orthodoxytoday.org/blog/2018/06/kallistos-ware-comes-out-for-homosexual-marriage/

    Met. Kallistos Ware on the Ordination of Women and Blessing of Same-Sex Marriages
    https://www.orthodoxytoday.org/blog/2018/06/kallistos-ware-on-the-ordination-of-women-and-blessing-of-same-sex-marriages/

    The Unbearable Essentializing of Being: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s Sorrowful Joy of Sex
    https://www.aoiusa.org/the-unbearable-essentializing-of-being-metropolitan-kallistos-wares-sorrowful-joy-of-sex/

    Orthodox Priests Challenge Met. Kallistos Ware’s Views of Monogamous Homosexual Relationships
    https://www.orthodoxytoday.org/blog/2018/07/orthodox-priests-challenge-met-kallistos-wares-views-of-monogamous-homosexual-relationships/

    Metropolitan Kallistos and The Wheel
    https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/nootherfoundation/metropolitan-kallistos-and-the-wheel/

    Met. Kallistos Clearly Implies that the Church Should Bless Committed Same-Sex Relationships
    https://www.orthodoxytoday.org/blog/2018/06/met-kallistos-clearly-implies-that-the-church-should-bless-committed-same-sex-relationships/

    Anatomy of a Foreword: Metr. Kallistos on Sexual Morality
    https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/orthodoxyandheterodoxy/2018/06/16/anatomy-of-a-foreword-metr-kallistos-on-sexual-morality/

    • I agree, JimmyK. Gracious restraint is called for at this time of mourning. Pray God he receive the soul of a great man into his bosom.

      The unfortunate divergences of his later life notwithstanding, the metropolitan can be credited with introducing thousands of English-speaking converts to the Faith. Surely we who have read his The Orthodox Church should be thankful that Met. Kallistos helped to guide us along our journey.

  4. May God have mercy on those who spew accusations and pass judgment on a man of God whose writings and witness helped many find their way into the Orthodox Church. Wow, this man has just fallen asleep in the Lord! Where is the love and mercy of Jesus Christ? Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.

    • Why are you judging? The “thousands of converts” are waking up to the GOA hierarchs “do as I say but not as I do” malarkey. What’s your plan to end the GOA corruption?

      • Exactly! “Papman” whining here is maybe gay Pappas Post activist who’s reporting is always gay slanted.

        Men who practice Sodomy can never grasp Theosis or connect to their Nous…

    • Papman — Lord have mercy on Your ilk
      who degrade their holy temples …
      the BODY IS HOLY TEMPLE
      & GAYS DEFILE & DEBASE it.

      AIDS & Monkeypox is no accident
      it falls mostly on homosexuals

  5. I have said before that marriage in Christianity is NOT about making children (like it was in the Old Testament) but about the spouses helping each other reach Sainthood. I seriously doubt that Metropolitan Kallistos would say it’s ok to bless homosexual couplings… since homosexuality is a sin and cannot be blessed or sanctioned. Any extramarital sexual encounter is a grave sin, there are no two ways about it. Additionally any sexuality activity that’s not done within the context of marriage and is not intended for procreation is equivalent to masturbation and masturbation is punishable ala Old Testament by getting struck by lightning like Avnan did. Things are clearcut. There are no impasses or ambiguities… Ambiguities exist only in the pseudochristian impostors

  6. A gifted mind wavered into heresy. Tragic.
    Just shows he never understood the depths of Orthodoxy & the Fordhamites used him as their poster child for queer unions.
    Anathema.

  7. In truth Metropolitan Kalistos added insult to injury upon our Orthodox faith which is
    under attack.
    [quote holy Bible]*

    “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,
    and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
    If any man defile the temple of God, Him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are”.

    • Great you say???
      Intellect is a two edge sword & intellect alone without ascetic purity will never open door to perceptions of Godhead which the saints had in spades.

      You can be sure no crowd of pilgrims from
      across the globe traveled to seek out Kalistos Ware’s blessing as they did for the late Elder Paisios & other monastics & NO sightings of Kalistos Ware floating above a church waving to the people after his death will be reported!

  8. I am saddened to learn that Metropolitan Kalistos had apparently fallen into apostasy in the last years of his life. What influenced him to do so? It may simply be a manifestation of how corrupt and morally debauched the world has become. And the contamination has reached into the recesses of the GOA.

  9. Sorry to hear of his passing… he influenced many, and my hope is that most were influenced by his goodness and expertise in apologetics. I had the privilege to hear him speak at several functions. He was erudite certainly about Orthodox monasticism and some might say even the finer details of Church history, both of the East and West, but not to any great extent. Somehow he struck me as being self absorbed with his mastery with words – you know the British colonial mentality seeping out behind the cassock. Bishop Ware may have been “under Constantinople” but he said this about that troubled and trouble seeking man who presides over the Greeks and thinks he has power over Mt Athos: “Unfortunately there is direct evidence to suggest that the present Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has obstructed the entry of non-Greeks (to Holy Mt Athos)”. Another reason Bart needs to go.

  10. May God rest his soul eternal….a sweet man who loved Orthodoxy. Let God, the Father judge him. We must pray for him. 🙏🏻

  11. Part of the situation is that Metropolitan Kallistos was part of secularised academe. The idea of open discussion on any subject is a real pitfall, since it can be manipulated by enemies of the Church. Let us pray for Kallistos, the man who has his sins, as we all do. May God remember him in his Kingdom.

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