EDITOR’S NOTE.  We will wait for the dust to settle before we analyze the election of this 30-year-old Archmandrite as the new Metropolitan of Mexico. His age and the fact that he was serving under the AB of Greece and had to be quickly transferred to the Patriarchate to be elected as the Metropolitan of Mexico raised many eyebrows.  

BELOW IS THE NEWS IN ENGLISH AND GREEK

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The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Archimandrite Iakovos Andriopoulos a short while ago by popular vote as the new Metropolitan of Mexico.

Father Iakovos, from February 2023 until today, held the position of General Hierarchal Commissioner of the Archdiocese of Athens.

It should be noted that the Metropolitan of Mexico, Mr. Athenagoras, was appointed as the new Metropolitan of Viziy.

Biography of the New Metropolitan of Mexico

The new Metropolitan of Mexico Mr. Iakovos Andriopoulos was born in Pennsylvania, USA, while he completed his circular studies at Hohenstaufen Gymnasium and Kaiserslautern, Germany.

He graduated from Holy Cross School of Theology in Boston and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Exeter with a focus on “Ethno-tribalism” and “The Face of the Refugee”.

He speaks English and Greek as his mother tongues and additionally speaks Italian, Spanish, and German, having completed his military service in Greece. He was successfully secretary of external affairs and social programs of the Holy Metropolis of Nea Ionia and Philadelphia, Nea Chalcedon.

He was a representative of the Church of Greece, as well as a member of the Delegation to the World Council of Churches, while from 2020, he successfully served as Director of Development at the Ecclesiastical Central Finance Service.

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Νέος Μητροπολίτης Μεξικού ο Αρχιμανδρίτης Ιάκωβος Ανδριόπουλος (BINTEO)

Τον Αρχιμανδρίτη Ιάκωβο Ανδριόπουλο εξέλεξε παμψηφεί πριν από λίγο ως νέο Μητροπολίτη Μεξικού η Ιερά Σύνοδος του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου.

Ο π. Ιάκωβος, από τον Φεβρουάριο του 2023 μέχρι και σήμερα κατείχε την θέση του Γενικού Αρχιερατικού Επιτρόπου της Αρχιεπισκοπής Αθηνών.

Να σημειωθεί, ότι ο Μητροπολίτης Μεξικού κ. Αθηναγόρας, ορίστηκε ως ο νέος Μητροπολίτης Βιζύης.

Βιογραφικό νέου Μητροπολίτη Μεξικού

Ο νέος Μητροπολίτης Μεξικού κ. Ιάκωβος Ανδριόπουλος γεννήθηκε στην Πενσυλβάνια των Η.Π.Α, ενώ ολοκλήρωσε τις εγκύκλιες σπουδές του στο Hohenstaufen Gymnasium και στο Kaiserslautern της Γερμανίας.

Αποφοίτησε από την Θεολογική σχολή του Τιμίου Σταυρού της Βοστώνης και ολοκλήρωσε τις μεταπτυχιακές του σπουδές στο πανεπιστήμιο της Exeter με αντικείμενο τον «Εθνοφυλετισμό» και «Το Πρόσωπο του Πρόσφυγα».

Μιλάει την αγγλική και ελληνική γλώσσα ως μητρικές γλώσσες, και επιπλέον μιλάει ιταλικά, ισπανικά και γερμανικά, ενώ έχει ολοκληρώσει την στρατιωτική του θητεία στην Ελλάδα. Διετέλεσε με επιτυχία γραμματέας εξωτερικών υποθέσεων και κοινωνικών προγραμμάτων της Ιεράς Μητρόπολης Νέας Ιωνίας και Φιλαδέλφειας, Νέας Χαλκηδόνας.

Διετέλεσε εκπρόσωπος της Εκκλησίας της Ελλάδος, όπως και μέλος της Αντιπροσωπείας στο Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο των Εκκλησιών, ενώ από το έτος 2020 τέλεσε χρέη Διευθυντού Ανάπτυξης στην Εκκλησιαστική Κεντρική Υπηρεσία Οικονομικών με επιτυχία.

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. If you study the triangle Bartholomew – Ieronymos – Metropolitan of Nea Ionia a bit closely, it may become much clearer now why this announcement suddenly follows Elpidophoros’ visit with Ieronymos…

    In my speculative opinion, it is not by chance that Iakovos (a US citizen with tenure & experience in the administrative offices of the Church of Greece) is returning to this side of the Atlantic…

    Ladies and gentlemen, use your imagination about who is currently “on deck” for replacing the aging (or otherwise incompetent) GOARCH hierarchy with “young, energetic, loyal soldiers of Constantinople”…Did they just add Iakovos “onto the eligible candidate list”?

    • If we go with just the resume, and compare to the “job description”, one might say that it’s not “impressive”, but rather impressive “window-dressing”…this is the resume of an administrative technocrat. Has never been fully responsible for a parish, has never spiritually led a brotherhood in a monastery (like the title “archimandrite” exclusively meant once upon a time)…a Metropolitan needs the experience to lead a flock to Christ, and guide shepherds based on prior pastoral experience (that this individual clearly doesn’t have on paper)

      But then again, if the Church is treated as a “business” and not a “spiritual hospital”, then this “administrative” resume works quite well for sure…

      And for those who like to pay attention to detail…the Canons provide for minimum age limits for Deacon / Presbyter / Bishop, and it appears these Canons have been violated at least twice already with this specific individual…once when he was ordained a presbyter, and now again as an “underaged” bishop…

      This is a “fast-track” promotion for a reason, folks…we’ll probably find out the exact reasons in the coming 12 to 24 months, but speculation will be rampant in the meantime…

  2. He only attending HCHC for an undergraduate degree! Do a quick search under Ilias Andriopoulos and you discover he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2015 from HCHC. There is no record of him earning a Master’s degree from HCHC! It is sickening how the official announcement acts like he got a Master of Divinity degree from HCHC. He wasn’t even a seminarian! He got ordained in Greece following earning his Bachelor’s degree, while his classmates had to attend another 3 years of education to just be considered for ordination. He isn’t even eligible to be incardinated as a priest in the GOA!!! Can another find out where he earned a master’s degree in theology? Not a chance, cause it never happened!

    • Maybe he had other, concealed, talents appreciated much both by AB Ieronymos and the Patriarch… Lack of theological education means nothing much… Just take a look at Elpidophoros…

  3. Graduate of Holy Cross?… Naaah suboar Education as for his so called Resume they are just empty titles which don’t show any tangible achievements… Which shows that most likely he is buttered up by a network and not by his own merit… But as the Greeks say… “ΑΡΧΗ ΑΝΔΡΑ ΔΕΙΚΝΥΣΙ”… With the miserable failure of another “padded resume” Clergyman i.e Schismatophoros… We have learned the hard way not to get too optimistic about our current Clergy and Hierarchs the majority of which prove below the titles and the schema they carry… We will for sure pray for him and hope Orthodoxy will flourish in Mexico especially as the Schismatic and heretic Vatican which dominates Mexico is rightfully in its downfall… Time for our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church to fill in the spiritual vaccuum in Mexico and help mend and uplift its social ills ridden Mexican society.

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