PHOTO: The building of the Executive Directors of Mt.Athos, where AB Elpidophoros is expected to be welcomed by the four leaders.  He stayed in his car, clearly “displeased” until everyone had kissed the Holy Icon of the Virgin Mary nearby, and then he decided to leave “empty-handed”…

EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis).  For days, AB Elpidophoros made his “parrots” in the media intervene and create a “fake narrative” that he was welcome in Athos. Right after he left Athos for Thessaloniki, the Executive Directors of Athos (Holy Epistasia) came out with a new announcement reiterating what they had said in their letter to Pat. Bartholomew: “…a unanimous decision of the Holy Community of the Representatives of the twenty Holy Monasteries, such that there would not be the customary reception of the Archbishop (of America) by the Holy Epistasia…” In other words, “ELPIDOPHOROS, YOU WERE NOT WELCOME IN ATHOS!!

No further comments from us.  Below is the announcement…



The Holy Epistasia expresses its regret for the inaccuracies and untruths of various publications on various websites.

Also, the Holy Epistasia clarifies that there was a unanimous decision of the Holy Community of the Representatives of the twenty Holy Monasteries, such that there would not be the customary reception of the Archbishop (of America) by the Holy Epistasia.

In the continuation of its announcement, the Holy Epistasia emphasizes: “This unanimous decision of the Holy Community was taken because of the published material after the end of the mystery of the baptism of the infants in the Holy Church of Panagia Faneromeni in Vouliagmeni (about which baptism no qualms were expressed your style). Due to the participation of the Reverend Archbishop of America in the post-mystery photographs, and in fact in official ecclesiastical garb, a wrong impression was created regarding the acceptance by the Church of the sacrament of same-sex marriage, a message contrary to doctrines and teaching of the Orthodox Church”.

Read the relevant announcement below:


Ανακοίνωση εξέδωσε σήμερα, Τρίτη 23 Ιανουαρίου 2024 η Ιερά Επιστασία του Αγίου Όρους σχετικά με την επίσκεψη του Αρχιεπισκόπου Αμερική κ. Ελπιδοφόρου στο Άγιον Όρος.

Η Ιερά Επιστασία στην ανακοίνωσή της εκφράζει την λύπη της για τις ανακρίβειες και αναλήθειες ποικίλων δημοσιευμάτων σε διάφορες ιστοσελίδες.

Επίσης η Ιερά Επιστασία διευκρινίζει ότι υπήρξε ομόφωνη απόφαση της Ιεράς Κοινότητας των Αντιπροσώπων των είκοσι Ιερών Μονών, όπως να μην υπάρξει η κατά το έθος υποδοχή του Αρχιεπισκόπου από την Ιερά Επιστασία.

Στην συνέχεια της ανακοίνωσής της η Ιερά Επιστασία τονίζει: «Η ομόφωνος αύτη απόφασις της Ιεράς Κοινότητος ελήφθη εξ αιτίας του δημοσιευθέντος υλικού μετά το πέρας του μυστηρίου του βαπτίσματος των νηπίων εις τον Ιερόν Ναόν της Παναγίας Φανερωμένης εις Βουλιαγμένην (περί του οποίου βαπτισμού ουδείς ενδοιασμός εξεφράσθη υφ’ υμών). Δια της συμμετοχής του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αμερικής εις τας μετά το μυστήριον φωτογραφίσεις, και μάλιστα εν επισήμω εκκλησιαστική περιβολή, εδημιουργήθη λανθασμένη εντύπωσις σχετικώς με την αποδοχήν υπό της Εκκλησίας του μυστηρίου του γάμου εξ’ ατόμων του ιδίου φύλου, μήνυμα αντίθετον προς τα δόγματα και την διδασκαλίαν της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας».

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  1. If only we could get rid of this disaster of a man here in America and finally get a holy Archbishop.

    I have officially decided to bow out of GOARCH for the time being, like hundreds (maybe thousands) of others who have recently left. When and if they decide to get a holy Archbishop I will return, but, until then it’s clear the way the GOA is heading and there is no real groundswell to stop it, especially from the Metropolitans. I’ve been waiting for years and scandal after scandal after scandal, he’s still here.

    I’ll be leaving for the Antiochians or OCA, who may not be perfect but they are a hell of a lot better than GOARCH.

    I don’t at all deride anyone who wants to stay in the GOA, but my spiritual needs are best fir for a different jurisdiction. I pray to God I’m given a good reason to return to GOARCH one day.

    • Hey Petros
      I felt like leaving GOA many times and going to OCA. But I figured the best way is to fight to change things from within. I have been writing to more than 125 of my co parishioners, exposing the un-Christian doings of the hierarchs. I am always respectful and always quote Christ’s teachings. I have been exposing the secrecy of the salaries paid to clergy, which are a mockery to what Christ commands. Those salaries, benefits and gratuities amount to an average of close to $200,000 per priest that has a long tenure. Which is over 5 times the average lay people’s salary.

  2. Petros we left the GOA over a year ago for the OCA. It was a heartbreaking decision. Our immigrant grandparents were among the initial founders of our GOA parish. They were poor people but gave more than they could spare to build that parish. Our parents and we were baptized there. We went to Sunday School and Greek School. So it was not an easy decision.

    But my stomach was sickened every time I heard Bartholomew and Elpi commemorated. That is when I realized it was not a healthy space.

    We have been welcomed with open arms into our local OCA parish. Honestly, I don’t think we would go back under any circumstances. The rot runs too deep in the GOA. We will pray for you that you find the right home for you and your family, and humbly ask you to pray for us! God bless!!

  3. Nick we are very lucky to have you!! The Orthodox Times is just a fluff site designed to promote Elpi despite all the facts.

    It is significant that you allow comments even from those who disagree with you. Even on those rare occasions when you and I disagree with each other we still treat each other with brotherly respect.

    Their so-called news site denigrates any who disagrees with the company line and does not allow for comment or any different viewpoint. In my mind this says it all. Thank you sir!

  4. It’s hilarious how GOARCH is posting YouTube videos of Elpi’s unwelcome visit to Mount Athos…
    Lipstick On A Pig!

    It’s all staged theatrics
    damage control


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