1986 Defrocking of Metropolitan Cyprian for Heresy

From :
The Voice of Orthodoxy
(Foni tis Orthodoxias)
The official periodical of the Synod of GOC of Greece
(At that time under the presidency of
Archbishop Chrysostom Kiousis)
Issue 811
January-February 1987
page 23
The Defrocking of the Metropolitan of Oropos, Cyprian
The Holy Synod on November 4, 1986 (November 18 by the Civil New Calendar)
defrocked the Metropolitan of Oropos Cyprian Koutsoubas and it returned him to the order of
monks, because he fell into the heresy of Ecumenism and cut himself off from our Church. This is
a sad event for the history of our struggle, as it has been proven that the defrocked Metropolitan
Kyprianos Koutsoubas for more than a decade of years managed to deceive the Church of the True
Orthodox Christians of Greece pretending to be a pure Orthodox Christian. He even managed to
climb the ladder of all the levels of the priesthood, becoming a bishop, while his heart was literally
being devoured by the kakodox sermons of new-calendaristic ecumenism. No one denies that the
defrocking of a bishop is certainly something tragic for the Church, however, as we stated also in
the event of the defrocking of the former Archbishop Auxentios, often this act of the mother Church is unavoidable. One such case is that of the here spoken about former Metropolitan and
now Monk Cyprian Koutsoubas and we explain the reasons

  1. When a bishop preaches heresy, and more so with an “naked head”, as Kyrpianos did, the
    Church must take the required measures to protect Her flock from the heresy being
    proclaimed. The most efficient way of reacting to this situation is to cut off the rotting part
    from her body to prevent the spread of the gangrene of heresy to the healthy members
    (parts) of the Church. This is the way the Church has always worked throughout her ages
    long history. In this case, the Monk Cyprian believed wrongly (kakodoxed) to such an
    extreme as to preach that the New Calendarists make up the saving One, Holy, Catholic, and
    Apostolic Church, whereas we, who follow the patristic Orthodox calendar are not….the
    Church. O what a horrifying blasphemy from the lips of one person who appears as an Old
    Calendar bishop!
  2. However, there is another reason why the defrocking of Cyprian was unavoidable for the
    Church. Cyprian cutting himself off from the Church became the cause of a schism and
    founded by his own brainstorming a so-called “Holy Synod of Resistance”. When did the
    Holy Fathers create a similar synod of “resistors” and give themselves over to collecting and
    proselytizing the more simple faithful?
    If the defrocked Metropolitan Cyprian had alone cut himself off from the Church and
    confined himself to his monastery, the Holy Synod would have shown forbearance praying
    for his return, as it does for its other separated from the synod bishops Gabriel of Cyclades
    and Akakaios of Diavleia, whom the synod never wanted to defrock up until this day for this
    very reason. From the moment though that Cyprian conceived the diabolical plan to agitate
    the Church, founding schismatic parishes in various places in order to beguile people and
    even more so to ordain a host of bishops, then things are different. In this case, the Church,
    unfortunately, had no other solution. The Church was forced, due to the extreme actions of
    Metropolitan Cyprian, to go forward with his defrocking.
    The unfortunate thing though, is that the now Monk Cyprian instead of repenting and
    understanding his actions against the Orthodox Church, continues to lure and mislead others into
    heresy and schism. Just as many other heretics that were condemned by the Church did not repent,
    Cyprian has not repented. Therefore the words of the Apostle Paul to Tito, “ Reject a divisive man
    after a first and second admonition, knowing that such a man is corrupt and sinful; he is self-condemned (Titus 3:10-11) are now valid for him. And Cyprian insisting upon the kakodoxy of
    ecumenism “sins as one self-condemned”.
    We are truly sorrowed by the fall of Cyprian. We are more sorrowed by the fact that many innocent
    souls are led astray by his new and heretical preachings and are cut off from the Church. We are
    even more so sorrowed and saddened by the fact that there exist theologians and others who
    theologize, who, instead of advising the fallen Cyprian to return to Orthodoxy, push him on in his
    delusion (prelest) and unrepentant stance.
    We pray that this so unpleasant event, the fall of the Monk Cyprian, be the saving
    motivation for the needed questioning of all the True Orthodox Christians who are of healthy faith
    and must come to know that heresy can touch the very curbs of our Church if we are not careful. So
    a vigilant observation of all heretical movements and views, and a denunciation and obsolescence
    of every heretic is required, as our synod very well performed in the case of Cyprian Koutsoubas,
    whose repentance and return we will never stop awaiting.
    5
    th
    Decision/ 1986
    In Korydallos
    and in the Church of the Holy Great Martyr Marina (Vasilissis Sofias and Kritis Sts.)
    Today the 5/18 of November, 1986, the Holy Synod of the Church of the True Orthodox Christians
    of Greece met in an extraordinary meeting as a synodical court under the presidency of His
    Beautitude Archbishop Chrysostom of Athens and with the presence of the following members of
    the synod their Eminences Metropolitans; Kallinikos of Fthiotis and Thavmakos, Maximos of
    Magnisia, Kallinikos of Achaia and all Peloponnisos, Matthew of Onoi, Kalliopios of Pentapolis,
    Stephen of Chios, Psara and Oinousses, Athanasios of Acharnai and New Ionia, Justin of Evripos
    and Evia and the following who were not able to attend but let the synod know of their agreement
    with the decisions taken, Their Eminences Metropolitans; Gerontios of Piraeus and Salamis, Peter
    of Astoria, Kallinikos of Dodekanisos,and Efthymios of Thessaloniki.
    The meeting was called to judge the accusations, which will be listed later, against;
    Metropolitans Cyprian of Oropos and Fyli and John of Sardinia
    and those bishops ordained by them;
    1.Chrysostom Gonzales (Mexican) 2. Nifon Kigudu (Kenyan) 3. Chrysostom Kouskoutopoulos 4.
    Chrysostom Marlasis
    and three others who are unknown to us;
    One Swede, one Italian, and One Austrian
    who make up the novel “Holy Synod of Resistance”
    and who did not appear before the Court, even though they were lawfully summoned to appear as is
    shown by the receipt of delivery by the bailiff of Athens Evangelos Moumelas.
    Having verified the legal quorum and following the usual prayer, His Beatitude Archbishop
    Chrysostom of Athens and President of the Holy Synod announced the beginning of the session.
    The duty of secretary was placed upon the Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod, His Eminence
    Metropolitan Kallinikos (Later Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens) of Achaia and all Pelopponisos, who read the indictment which reads as
    follows:
    “All of the accused:
    A. Fell from the Orthodox Faith given to us by the Holy and God-bearing Fathers of the Church and
    the decision of the Holy Synods of our Church of the years 1935, 1950, and 1974 and embraced
    Ecumenistic kakodoxies according to which the schismatic New Calendarists make up the
    traditional One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church which is a treasury of saving Grace and an
    Ark of salvation and that our Church of the True Orthodox Christians is not the Church.
    B. Give the Holy Mysteries of our Church without distinction and examination to the innovators
    schismatic and ecumenist New Calendarists.
    C. Cut themselves off from our Church and set up their own altar and the so-called “Holy Synod of
    Resistance” with the members of this synod being the Metropolitans Cyprian of Oropos and John of
    Sardinia and those who were uncanonically ordained by them and who make up the other accused.
    In addition to this Metropolitan Cyprian is especially accused of having deceived his superior
    authority and the pious people of our Church of the GOC of Greece for a whole 15 year period
    during which he appeared as a confessor of the faith of our Church in order to achieve his
    ordination to the episcopacy, and later to reveal his true goals which were the abduction of the
    episcopacy and the founding of a “church” inspired by his own imagination in order promote his
    unorthodox thinkings.
    Metropolitan Kalliopios, the rapporteur of this case read his proposal which is as follows:
    Holy President, Holy Members of the Sacred Synod,
    In performing the decision of the Holy Synod of October 3/16, 1986 in which by letter I was asked
    to make a report on the accused Metropolitan of Oropos and Fyli who cut himself off from the
    Church of G.O.C. and publicly and with a naked head proclaimed already condemned kakodoxies, I
    reverently cite the following:
  3. His Eminence Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fyli up until the year 1968 belonged to
    the schismatic state “church” of the New Calendarist innovators from which he received the
    first two orders of the priesthood..
    In the year 1968 (on the Sunday of Orthodoxy) Cyprian replaced the new calendar that
    he was using up until that time in the worship life of his monastery with the Old Calendar, without
    stopping the commemoration of the name of the New Calendarist bishop of Attica Nikodimos or
    discontinuing communion with the state church of innovators. (see the periodical “St. Cyprian”,
    issue 52, August 1971, page 51). The reasons that prevented the accused Metropolitan Cyprian
    from joining our Church of G.O.C. of Greece are described by Cyprian himself in his book “How I
    Learnt about the Patristic Calendar and how I Returned to it”, in which he states the following
    blasphemous comments;
    “From 1924 to 1968 the Church of Greece is divided. We have the New Calendarists and the Old
    Calendarists. This is a wound for our Church and the joy of the devil and the heretics. The goodhating devil led the martyrs and confessors of the patristic traditions, the Old Calendarists, to
    extremes. I do not hesitate to say that if those blessed ones did not go to extremes, today we would
    already have returned to the patristic calendar and we all would be united and able to fight together
    against heresies, and especially today papism, that attack us continuously. Those who follow the
    Old Calendar began to believe that the Grace of the Holy Spirit deserted the official Church by its
    going to the new calendar. O! delusion (prelest)! They also proclaimed that our holy mysteries
    (woe!) are not valid! When I studied the matter of the church calendar, my heart found rest with the
    patristic calendar. And when God made me worthy of becoming a monk in 1961 in the newly
    founded monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina in Fyli of Attica, even then more so did I desire to
    return to the patristic calendar.That which made me delay and hold off from returning to the
    patristic calendar was the fanaticism and extremism of the Old Calendarists. I wanted to follow (the
    Old Calendar) in 1964-1965, but I didn’t do it because they wanted me to make a confession of faith
    and to renounce the official Church. That convulsed me and I held off. After that again, my desire
    for the Old Calendar was pressuring me to return to it. The visit during that same year of a
    clergyman of the Old Calendar to our monastery who told me that the Mysteries of the official
    Church are without sanctifying grace, disturbed me. I threw him out of our monastery and once
    again I delayed. The same thing happened to me again in 1967. Someone can often see very sad
    things in people of Christ, in the continuators of his saving work. While they (the Old Calendarists)
    received their episcopal ordinations from bishops (of ROCOR) that are in communion with the New
    Calendarists, they convince the simple, but holy and pious people that follow them, that the New
    Calendar leads people to hell. In this way, they make people fanatical and many of them look at
    their brothers as enemies and damned, while they considered themselves as saved. The opposite of
    what someone should believe, in other words; that all the others will be saved and only I will be
    damned.
    As far as the Μatthewite group, what can I say?! They are known for their spiritual delusion
    (prelest). While they have an uncanonical origin of their ordinations by being ordained by one
    bishop, they are totally unapproachable and remain closed into their prelest and their extremes.
    They do not accept at all the Mysteries of the official Church, they re-chrismate the faithful when
    they return to the Old Calendar from the New and they re-ordain the clergy. O! What a great
    blasphemy against the Holy Spirit! O prelest! O condemnation for those people!
    Their spiritual delusions and extremisms make a greater gulf of separation and do not allow
    anyone to cross the bridge. How much the devil deceives them! All the Orthodox Churches, the
    Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the monasteries of Mount Athos, while being with the traditional Patristic
    calendar, are in communion with the official Church while they (the Old Calendarists) totally deny
    this. Since the other sister Churches did not condemn this act of the official Church of Greece, how
    can we stand up and condemn it? The most prudent and wisest for all those who love the Patristic
    Calendar would be for us to follow it without dividing ourselves from the MOTHER official
    Church of Greece.”
    Finally, on January 3/16 he (Cyprian) stopped commemorating the name of the New
    Calendarist “bishop” of Attica Nikodimos and joined our Church of G.O.C. of Greece embracing
    the widely confessed ecclesiology of our Church as laid out by the Holy Synod of our evermemorable Metropolitan Chrysostom formerly of Florina through the Encyclical #13 of the 26th of
    May of 1950 and which was reconfirmed by the Holy Synod by the Encyclical #1191 of the 5th of
    June of the year 1974, which states that the Mysteries of the the New Calendarists lack sanctifying
    grace and which commands all clergy of the G.O.C. “to confine themselves to to serving only
    members of our Church”.
    Being totally compliant to the already confessed belief concerning the Mysteries of the
    church of the innovators and of not serving the New Calendarists, the accused (Cyprian) speaking at
    the feast day of his own monastery on October 2/15, 1974, while the services were being presided
    over by Metropolitan Gerontios of Piereus and Salamis, declared his dedication to the Encyclical
    number 1191, stating that he would no longer serve innovating New Calendarists with the
    Mysteries!
    Having as certain and bearing this Orthodox ecclesiology of our Church, the accused was
    ordained Metropolitan of Oropos on February 7/20 by Metropolitans Kallistos of Corinth and
    Anthony of Attica and Megaris who were both known for there dedication to the teaching of our
    Church concerning the lack of sanctifying grace of Mysteries of the New Calendarists and
    concerning not serving the Mysteries for them.
    Actually, Metropolitan Kallistos in the beginning of the year 1983 published the booklet
    “Giving an Account” and on May 24, 1983 the booklet “Confession of Faith- Epistle” in both of
    which he proclaims that the church of the papal calendar as having remained without repentance in
    the pan-heresy of ecumenism is cut off from the whole of the Church and is an official heresy and
    her Mysteries are therefore void” (see His Eminence Kallistos “Giving Account (Ἁπολογία)”
    Athens, 1983, page 31).
    In his letter of May 30, 1983, Metropolitan Cyprian writes to Metropolitan Kallistos of
    Corinth saying “By your texts, you profess the new to us teaching of the loss of Divine Grace by all
    the Orthodox Church that accepted the calendar innovation of 1924. Your view is according to us
    unwitnessed, unacceptable, anti-patristic and as such anti-orthodox. The Holy Ecumenical Synods
    first Godly researched and traditionally proved and then decided. You did the opposite. Antitraditionally and without any previous collusion with the other member of our Holy Synod…(see
    Letter of Cyprian “Our positions” in issue 191 of the periodical “Agios Kyprianos” November
    1984, pages 382-383).
    Firstly, in Metropolitan Cyprian’s letter to Metropolitan Kallistos, we must note the
    hypocrisy of Metropolitan Cyprian when he dares to claim that the belief concerning the perdition
    of sanctifying grace of the Mysteries of the New Calendarists, which he (Cyprian) himself was
    saying that he believed and confessed together with the all of the Church of the G.O.C. right up
    until that time, is anti-orthodox!
    Under these circumstances, Metropolitan Kallistos of Corinth sent a declaration to the Holy
    Synod on October 16/29, 1983 in which he objected to those kakodoxies of Metropolitan Cyprian
    as well as to certain actions of Metropolitan Cyprian like that “in Fyli, on the Feast of the Saints
    Cyprian and Justina the leaders there together with all the bishops that were there, fell into their
    own anathema and condemnation by praying and serving, by chanting together with schismatic and
    heretical chanters not quailing the anathema and curses of the Fathers”, and announcing his
    (Metropolitan Kallistos’) secession from our Church.
    Our Holy Synod by its announcement numbered 106 of October 18th of 1983, signed also by
    Metropolitan Cyprian, punished Metropolitan Kallistos for his uncanonical action of separating
    himself from the Church, but proclaimed its faith saying, “the Holy Synod of our Church being
    regulated by the dogma of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church and the undeceived
    teaching of Her God-inspired Fathers keeps unaltered the confession of Faith of our evermemorable Metropolitan Chrysostom formerly of Florina that was made in 1935. And so we
    consider every ecumenist and innovator according to the dogma to be a heretic and outside the
    Church which is the only Ark of salvation of the human race and inside which the Grace of the
    Holy Spirit works in the Mysteries”.
    Even though the above profession of faith was made, on August 27, 1984 Metropolitan
    Cyprian accepted into ecclesiastical communion (praying together) during the Divine Liturgy the
    ecumenist Patriarch of Alexandria Nicholas . This event was marked by the Holy Synod sending
    the following strict document calling Metropolitan Cyprian to explain himself. The document says:
    “The Holy Synod of the the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece of Greece during its meeting of
    the 4th of September of 1984 (Church calendar) having learnt of of your letter #103 and dated
    August 6, 1984 and found that its content is totally contrary to the known teaching of the Orthodox
    Church and that it reflects the pan-heresy of ecumenism and in combination with the event that on
    Sunday, August 27 (Church Calendar) you not only accepted in joint prayer the “patriarch”
    Nicholas of Alexandria but also announced to the congregation with special joy the presence of and
    praying with that known ecumenist in your temple. And lastly, you travelled to the United States of
    America without the knowledge and approval of your superior authority jumping into a foreign
    eparchy which is under the jurisdiction of our Synodical Exarch there, even though this is not
    allowed by the Holy and Sacred Canons. This places your Eminence in the position to answer to
    the Synod which calls you before it at 5 pm, Tuesday September 19 (Church calendar) and at the
    Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration in Glyka Nera, Attica to answer to these above accusations.
    If you fail to appear, the Holy Synod will proceed to try you on the above mentioned charges in
    absentia.”
    Metropolitan Cyprian did not appear on the set date to make his plea, and the Holy Synod
    found the charges against him as substantial and true and so they punished him at its meeting of
    September 9th, 1984 with 40 days of suspension from serving which he did in no way complete.
    After this, Metropolitan Cyprian formed his own “church” with a “Holy Synod of
    Resistance” with members of this synod being he himself and Metropolitan John of Sardinia which
    on April 5, 1985, disavowed the Holy Synod of our Church and cut themselves off with
    justifications based on lies.
    Following this rebellion of Metropolitan Cyprian, the Holy Synod through its decision #28
    of February 10th 1986 placed Metropolitan Cyprian under indefinite suspension sending his case to
    the Synodal Court and thus this report was called for (see periodical “The Voice of the Fathers
    (“Φωνὴ τῶν Πατέρων”) issue 13, May-June 1986 page 4), Metropolitan Cyprian did not respect
    this suspension not only regularly performing services, but also ordaining while under suspension to
    the rank of bishop the formerly married Nifon Kigudu and Chrysostom Gonzales, and later on
    Chrysostom Marlasis and Chrysostom Kouskoutopolos and two unknown to us foreigners- one
    Swede and one Italian.
    We can conclude from the above mentioned circumstances that Metropolitan Cyprian
    Koutsoubas came to the Church of the G.O.C. with a plan to form his own personal “church”
    preaching heretical teaching that is contrary to the Faith passed down to us and kept by our Church
    until now.
    After his accession in 1969 to the ecclesiology of the Church of Genuine Orthodox
    Christians of Greece as expressed by the Holy Synod in its confessions of faith of the years 1935,
    1950, and 1974 which clearly state that the Church of Greece that introduced the papal calendar
    became schismatic according to the decisions of three Panorthodox Synods of the years 1583, 1587
    and 1593 and that her Mysteries lack sanctifying grace as stated by the First Canon of St. Basil the
    Great, Cyprian carefully hide his unorthodox beliefs that he had professed in his book entitled
    “How I Learnt about the Patristic Calendar and how I Returned to it” (“Πὼς ἐγνώρισα το Πάτριον
    Ἐορτολόγιον καὶ ἐπέστρεψα εἰς αὐτο”) (see the above pages 1-3).
    Only ten years later, that is in the year 1979, he convinced the Metropolitans Kallistos of
    Corinth and Anthony of Attica and Megaris who were both strictly dedicated to the Orthodox belief
    of our Church and they ordained him a Metropolitan. Cyprian however, immediately put into use
    his diabolical plan to form his own “church”so that he could freely preach his unorthodox beliefs
    (κακοδοξίας). While a member of our Holy Synod, he formed a corporation with the title “Church
    of Orthodox Christians of Greece” (October 20, 1982) “which is legally represented by its
    temporary 5-member administrative council which was elected by its founders and made up of the
    following monks of the Holy Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina, Fyli, Attica;
  4. Cyprian, according to the world Dimitrios Koutsoubas
  5. Cyprian, according to the world Peter Gioulis
  6. Chrysostom, according to the world Marlasis
  7. Athanasios, according to the world Anthony Georgiotis
    and Apostolos Kagioglou (who is married)
    Interesting to note is the fact that the above-mentioned, all of which were clergy, who
    founded a “church” were either too embarrassed, or scared without any pressure, to sign the
    document using their episcopal or priestly titles and thus denied their priesthood!
    The fact that they formed a “church” proves that already from that time they were preparing
    their separation from our Church of which Cyprian was a synodal member.
    Thus, finding an excuse in the confession of Faith of our Church as expressed by
    Metropolitan Kallistos of Corinth in his works “Giving an Account” and “Confession of FaithEpistle”, Cyprian began to publicly preach with a “naked head” his kakodoxies according to which
    the innovating schismatic New Calendarists were members of the One, Holy, Catholic, and
    Apostolic Church and that their Mysteries were grace-filled. True to these ecumenistical teachings
    and in ignorance of the Holy Synod, Cyprian began to accept in prayer with him new calendar
    clergy and to commune laity which made Metropolitan Kallistos cut himself off from our Holy
    Synod as to not celebrate with Cyprian.
    The Holy Synod made Metropolitan Kallistos accountable for cutting himself off from the
    Synod because he should have first, as was his responsibility, denounced the unorthodox actions of
    Metropolitan Cyprian Koutsoubas to the Holy Synod. It should be noted however, that it is a lie
    propagated by Metropolitan Cyprian that the Holy Synod criticized the Orthodox beliefs of
    Metropolitan Kallistos which were none other than those of our Church.
    It is clear from everything that we have shown above that Metropolitan Cyprian contradicted
    himself as far as what he had previously said concerning the grace of the Mysteries of the New
    Calendarists and he signed the decison of the Holy Synod of the 18th of Octorber 1983 against
    Metropolitan Kallistos separation in which Cyprian confesses the invalidity of the Mysteries of the
    New Calendarists, only to return in a little time to his own expression which is an ecumenistic
    kakodoxia and to claim that the G.O.C. comprises the “resistant” members of the ailing church of
    the ecumenists New Calendarist innovators. No longer being able to control himself in his deathbearing for his soul tumbling, he reached the point of annulling the Holy Synod of our Church and
    removing himself from it. This unfortunate one founded his own “church” with a Holy Synod
    having himself as president and one other member, the already separated from us Metropolitan John
    of Sardinia who was displeased because the Synod did not ordain as his auxiliary bishop Evlogios
    of Milan.. The two of them then proceeded to “ordain” seven bishops. He finally asserted to
    Archimandrite Paul Stratigeas that the canonical Archbishop of Athens was Seraphim Tikas (the
    “archbishop” of the state “church”).
    All of this shows that not only did he fall from our Orthodox Faith and move to the heresy of
    ecumenism which has as its most important patrons the mason “Patriarchs” Meletios Metaxakis and
    Athinagoras Spyrou but also the swindling of our Church of which he hypocritically accepted the
    faith and teaching up until the time he could accomplish what he desired which was his episcopal
    ordination. He also shammed our laity appearing as G.O.C. It was later clear that he had as much to
    do with G.O.C. as those Uniates wolves disguised as sheep have to do with Orthodoxy.
    Metropolitan Cyprian Koutsoubas fell from his Orthodox Faith professing that “those local
    churches that follow the calendar innovation never lost Divine Grace”
    But if Metropolitan Cyprian believed that, why did he leave the innovating church of the New
    Calendarists if it was a treasury of Divine Grace and an Ark of salvation? Saving Divine Grace is
    distributed to the faithful only inside the fold of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
    which is the only Ark of salvation and which exists in no other church. In this case, since
    Metropolitan Cyprian professes the church of the New Calendarists as a treasury of Divine Grace
    then he is stating that this church of the New Calendarists is not an innovation but rather the
    continuation of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic founded by Christ and that our Church of
    the G.O.C. of Greece is a fake and therefore does not save and sanctify its members as beyond any
    doubt it then lacks the saving Divine Grace that cannot be provided by TWO churches but only by
    ONE.
    So the institution of walling himself off from the church of the innovating New Calendarists
    examined under the light of his belief that this church was a treasury of Divine Grace and thus that
    the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church is not a God-pleasing work but rather as he says a
    movement of Satan, shows that Metropolitan Cyprian Koutsoubas thinks and speaks as a spiritually
    misled person. The faithful must cut themselves off and separate themselves from every unlawful
    gathering of the faithful and schismatic and heretical community which comprise fake “churches”
    (such as that of the innovating ecumenist New Calendarists) and unite with the One, Holy,
    Catholic, and Apostolic Church and never do the opposite which is what Metropolitan Cyprian
    Koutsoubas unfortunately professes.
    Metropolitan Cyprian Koutsoubas fell from the Orthodox Faith when he professed “our
    walling ourselves off from the innovators before the time of a synodal examination is the correct
    and patristically traditional resistance against delusion and in no way means that we constitute the
    Church”!
    Metropolitan Cyprian Koutsoubas blasphemes when he alleges that we do not constitute the
    Church. If we do not constitute the Church then what do we comprise?
    However, if Metropolitan Cyprian does not believe that the Genuine Orthodox Christians
    constitute the Church, then why did he come to the G.O.C. which always professed that they
    constitute the Church?
    Why did he pretend to believe what the G.O.C. believed up until the time that he was
    ordained a bishop?
    Why did he accept to be ordained a bishop by bishops who always professed that the G.O.C.
    constitutes the Church?
    If the Church of Christ is made up of schismatic New Calendarists, then why doesn’t he
    recognize his defrocking as a priest by these same ones since he recognizes their Mysteries?
    If the G.O.C. do not constitute the Church, then why did Cyprian desert the church of the
    schismatic New Calendarists which he recognizes and join the fold of a church that he considers
    non-existent?
    If we the G.O.C. do not constitute the Church, how did Cyprian dare with such ease not only
    to be ordained a bishop but also to “found” his own “church” and “holy synod”?
    Metropolitan Cyprian fell from the Orthodox Faith when he professed that “this new
    teaching that the innovators lost Divine Grace is not God-pleasing nor in agreement with the Holy
    Tradition of our Fathers and does not constitute the correct and praise-worthy and thus resultful
    resistance of the Orthodox, but rather a strange innovation in the struggle against the innovators”.
    The teaching concerning the perdition of Divine Grace of the Mysteries of schismatics and
    heretics is neither new preaching nor first-seen because saving Divine Grace exists only in the fold
    of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Orthodox Church of Christ and nowhere else is not of novel
    appearance as it was the patrisitic traditional faith that was always supported continuously down to
    our time by the encyclicals of the holy synods of our Church of the years 1935, 1950 (which was
    under the presidency of His Eminence Chrysostom formerly of Florina) and 1974.
    Unqualified rather and novel are the misfortunate and pouting lips of Metropolitan Cyprian
    Koutsoubas that proclaimed the dogma of the pan-heresy of ecumenism.
    Unfortunately, the kakodoxies of Metropolitan Cyprian are also embraced, as could be
    expected, by those who were illegally ordained by him like Chrysostom Gonzales. Chrysostom
    Gonzales in a letter that he wrote to the formidable ecumenist and Latin-minded “archbishop”
    Iakovos Koukouzis of America states that he (Chrysostom) read with a special interest and joy the
    decision of their Holy Synod to embrace the Old Calendarist communities and bishops of America
    in a dialogue of love”. Chrysostom Gonzales then speaks poorly of the zealot G.O.C. ‘s when he
    writes “some groups of Old Calendarists in the name of zealous devotion to the Faith went beyond
    the bounds of dedication and have landed up seeing their New Calendarist brethren in a spirit
    without love up to the point where they question the Orthodoxy of the New Calendarists” and that
    they are so foolish as to give dogmatic meaning to the 13 days of the Julian Calendar”. He
    continues by proclaiming their new ecclesiology writing, “We have walled ourselves off from that
    which our conscience doesn’t allow us to accept and that which we see as unwise innovation, but
    WE never denied the existence of Grace in our Mother Church. We have priests and bishops for the
    governing of our movement through oeconomia and the need to govern ourselves. We are not
    another Church above and against our Mother Church.” He doesn’t neglect to praise the formidable
    ecumenist and thus writes, “Whatever our differences may be, allow me to express to Your
    Eminence that I am aware of your noteworthy contributions to the Orthodox Church in America, the
    increase of understanding of the contributions of the Greek-Americans to the social sector of
    America and the witness of the Greek people in Western society in general. It is my wish that to
    your many praise-worthy achievements may one day be added the achievement of bringing your
    Orthodox brethren (Old Calendarists) at least together if not to a union, and who wouldn’t want such
    a thing?” And he finishes by saying, “I, as the youngest and least among the the traditional bishops
    in this country ask for your forgiveness for any unintentional insult and I humbly kiss your right
    hand” The least monk, Bishop Chrysostom of Oreoi, Exarch in America of the True (Old Calendar)
    Orthodox Church of Greece (Synod of Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fyli) (Letter of July
    18, 1986 Old Style)
    FOR THESE REASONS I SUGGEST
    That
  8. Metropolitan Cyprian Koutsoubas be proclaimed guilty and punished with the
    penalty of defrocking:
    a. Because he fell from the Orthodox Faith that was given us by the Holy and God-bearing Fathers
    and by the decisions of the Holy Synod of our Church in the years 1935, 1950, and 1974, and he
    embraced ecumenistic kakodoxies stating that the schismatic New Calendarists constitute the
    uninnovated One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church which is the treasury of saving Grace and
    the Ark of salvation and that the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece is not the Church.
    b. Because he gives the Holy Mysteries of our Church to innovative schismatics and ecumenists
    New Calendarists without any discernment in spite of his promises not to.
    c. Because he cut himself off from our Church together with Metropolitan John whom our church
    made bishops and they set up their own altar and a “Holy Synod of Resistance” and even
    proceeding to ordain 7 bishops.
    d. Because for a period of 15 years he beguiled his superior ecclesiastical authority and the faithful
    and devout people of the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece, appearing as a confessor of the Faith of
    our Church in order to succeed at being ordained a bishop and after that to reveal his true goals
    which were the snatching of the rank of bishop and the founding of his own new “church” that
    would spread his kakodoxa beliefs.
  9. Metropolitan John of Sardinia be proclaimed guilty and punished with the penalty of
    defrocking for the same reasons and actions as those of Metropolitan Cyprian.
  10. Those bishops that were ordained by the two above-mentioned Metropolitans
    a. Chrysostom Gonzales b. Nifon Kigudu c. Chrysostom Marlasis d. Chrysostom Kouskoutopoulos
    and two more foreigners; one Italian and one Swede who we do not know, be proclaimed guilty and
    punished with defrocking because they embraced the kakodoxa and ecumenical mindsets of
    Metropolitan Cyprian and cut themselves off from our Church and accepted an uncanonical and
    illegal ordination.
  11. The actions of the above-mentioned Metropolitans Cyprian and John and those
    bishops who were ordained by them are mentioned and condemned by Sacred
    Canons of the Canons of the Church such as Canon 34 of the Quinisext Holy
    Ecumenical Council which states, “In view of the fact that the sacerdotal
    Canon clearly states that as the crime of conspiracy or of faction is utterly
    forbidden even by civil laws, it is much more fitting still that this be
    prohibited from occurring in the Church of God, we too are sedulous to
    insist that if any Clergymen or Monks be found either conspiring together or
    engaging in factional intrigues or hatching plots against Bishops or fellow
    Clergymen, they shall forfeit their own rank altogether.” and the 6th Canon of
    the Synod of Gangra which commands, “If anyone conducts a church of his own
    apart from the Church, and, scorning the Church, wishes to perform the functions
    of the Church, without a presbyter’s helping, with the approval and consent of a
    bishop, let him be anathema.” and the 5th Canon of Antioch which orders that,
    “If any Presbyter, or Deacon, having shown contempt for his own Bishop, has
    excommunicated himself from the church, and has formed a congregation of his
    own, and has set up an altar, and, in spite of the Bishop’s inviting him to return,
    if he should remain disobedient, and should refuse to obey or even to submit to
    him, when he calls him once and twice,i let him be utterly deposed, and be no
    longer accorded any remedy, nor be capable of having his honor restored. But if
    he should stick to his position, making a lot of noise and creating an upheaval in
    the church, let him be brought back by an appeal to the civil authorities as a
    riotous character.” (see also the 10th and 11th Canon of the Synod of Carthage and
    the 13th Canon of the 1st 2nd Synod), the 14th Canon of the First-Second Council
    commanding, “If any Presbyter, or Deacon, having shown contempt for his own
    Bishop, has excommunicated himself from the church, and has formed a
    congregation of his own, and has set up an altar, and, in spite of the Bishop’s
    inviting him to return, if he should remain disobedient, and should refuse to obey
    or even to submit to him, when he calls him once and twice,i let him be utterly
    deposed, and be no longer accorded any remedy, nor be capable of having his
    honor restored. But if he should stick to his position, making a lot of noise and
    creating an upheaval in the church, let him be brought back by an appeal to the
    civil authorities as a riotous character.” The 15th Canon of the same Council
    commands, “The rules laid down with reference to Presbyters and Bishops and
    Metropolitans are still more applicable to Patriarchs. So that in case any
    Presbyter or Bishop or Metropolitan dares to secede or apostatize from the
    communion of his own Patriarch, and fails to mention the latter’s name in
    accordance with custom duly fixed and ordained, in the divine Mystagogy, but,
    before a conciliar verdict has been pronounced and has passed judgment against
    him, creates a schism, the holy Council has decreed that this person shall be held
    an alien to every priestly function if only he be convicted of having committed
    this transgression of the law. Accordingly, these rules have been sealed and
    ordained as respecting those persons who under the pretext of charges against
    their own presidents stand aloof, and create a schism, and disrupt the union of the
    Church. But as for those persons, on the other hand, who, on account of some
    heresy condemned by holy Councils, or Fathers, withdrawing themselves from
    communion with their president, who, that is to say, is preaching the heresy
    publicly, and teaching it barehead in church, such persons not only are not
    subject to any canonical penalty on account of their having walled themselves off
    from any and all communion with the one called a Bishop before any conciliar or
    synodal verdict has been rendered, but, on the contrary, they shall be deemed
    worthy to enjoy the honor which befits them among Orthodox Christians. For
    they have defied, not Bishops, but pseudo-bishops and pseudo-teachers; and they
    have not sundered the union of the Church with any schism, but, on the contrary,
    have been sedulous to rescue the Church from schisms and divisions.”
    In Athens on the 10th of October, 1986 (Old Calendar)
    The Rapporteur
    +Kalliopios of Pentapolis
    Following this, all the documents of the folder of the case were read, among which were the 15th
    issue of the periodical “The Voice of the Fathers” (“Φωνὴ τῶν Πατέρων”), a letter from a
    Hieromonk Siluan from Italy in which it is stated that “Recently the Old Calendarists of Fyli
    ordained to the episcopacy a man who is sought after by the courts and who does not have a good
    past” and the extrajudicial reply of the accused Metropolitan Cyprian that is numbered 1/14-11-
    1986 and has already been published elsewhere.
    The Holy Synod having discussed the matter, rejected the complaint in the extrajudicial
    reply of the accused Metropolitan Cyprian that the Holy Synod unauthorizedly tries his case since
    he had cut himself off from the Synod a year before, because the Synod believes that the canonical
    jurisdiction and authority of the Orthodox Church is never catalyzed by any member who leaves it.
    Especially when we are speaking about clergy, the Church that ordains them retains beyond a
    shadow of a doubt the right to defrock her clergy when such reasons exist.
    The Synod then unanimously decided that the charge that the accused truly fell from the Orthodox
    Faith that we have received from the Holy and God-bearing Fathers as interpreted in the decisions
    of the Holy Synod of our Church in the years 1935, 1950 and 1974 and embraced the ecumenistic
    kakodoxies which state that the schismatic New Calendarists and heretical ecumenists constitute
    the “One, Holy Catholic, and Apostolic Church” which is the treasury of saving Grace and the Ark
    of salvation and that our own Church of the G.O.C. of Greece is not the Church.
    The claim that the accused actually do give the Holy Mysteries of the Church without
    discernment and examination to the innovating schismatics and heretical ecumenists was also
    proven true.
    The charge that the accused Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and John of Sardinia rioting
    against their superior authority, that is the Synod to which they belonged, and while under the
    penalty of suspension from serving did proceed with a coup in which they ordained bishops who
    constitute the rest of those accused with them was proven true.
    Lastly, it has been proven particularly concerning Metropolitan Cyprian that he, for a whole
    15 year period, had deceived his higher authority which is the Holy Synod to which he belonged
    and which raised him to the rank of bishop as well as the faithful and devout people of the Church
    of the G.O.C. of Greece, apparently confessing the Faith of our Church in order to succeed at being
    ordained a bishop and after that to reveal his true goals which were the snatching of the rank of
    bishop and the founding of a “church” of his own thinking for the propagation of his kakodoxa
    thinking. This mindset of Cyprian is dramatically illustrated in his above-mentioned extrajudicial
    reply numbered 1/14-11-1986 in which he does not only not dare to confess the Orthodox Faith, but
    also continues to characterize the Orthodox confession of Faith of our Church that she alone is the
    One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the only treasury of saving Grace as kakodoxia.
    The Holy Synod unanimously judged the all the above-mentioned persons according to the
    indictment, mainly based on the Sacred Canons of the Church
    a. Canon 34 of the Quinisext Holy Ecumenical Council which states, “In view of the fact that the
    sacerdotal Canon clearly states that as the crime of conspiracy or of faction is utterly
    forbidden even by civil laws, it is much more fitting still that this be prohibited from occurring
    in the Church of God, we too are sedulous to insist that if any Clergymen or Monks be found
    either conspiring together or engaging in factional intrigues or hatching plots against Bishops
    or fellow Clergymen, they shall forfeit their own rank altogether.” b. the 6th Canon of the Synod
    of Gangra which commands, “If anyone conducts a church of his own apart from the Church, and,
    scorning the Church, wishes to perform the functions of the Church, without a presbyter’s helping,
    with the approval and consent of a bishop, let him be anathema.” c. the 5th Canon of Antioch
    which orders that, “If any Presbyter, or Deacon, having shown contempt for his own Bishop, has
    excommunicated himself from the church, and has formed a congregation of his own, and has set up
    an altar, and, in spite of the Bishop’s inviting him to return, if he should remain disobedient, and
    should refuse to obey or even to submit to him, when he calls him once and twice,i let him be
    utterly deposed, and be no longer accorded any remedy, nor be capable of having his honor
    restored. But if he should stick to his position, making a lot of noise and creating an upheaval in the
    church, let him be brought back by an appeal to the civil authorities as a riotous character.” (see also
    the 10th and 11th Canon of the Synod of Carthage and the 13th Canon of the 1st 2nd Synod) d. the 14th
    Canon of the First-Second Council commanding, “If any Presbyter, or Deacon, having shown
    contempt for his own Bishop, has excommunicated himself from the church, and has formed a
    congregation of his own, and has set up an altar, and, in spite of the Bishop’s inviting him to return,
    if he should remain disobedient, and should refuse to obey or even to submit to him, when he calls
    him once and twice,i let him be utterly deposed, and be no longer accorded any remedy, nor be
    capable of having his honor restored. But if he should stick to his position, making a lot of noise
    and creating an upheaval in the church, let him be brought back by an appeal to the civil authorities
    as a riotous character.” e. The 15th Canon of the same Council commands, “The rules laid down
    with reference to Presbyters and Bishops and Metropolitans are still more applicable to Patriarchs.
    So that in case any Presbyter or Bishop or Metropolitan dares to secede or apostatize from the
    communion of his own Patriarch, and fails to mention the latter’s name in accordance with custom
    duly fixed and ordained, in the divine Mystagogy, but, before a conciliar verdict has been
    pronounced and has passed judgment against him, creates a schism, the holy Council has decreed
    that this person shall be held an alien to every priestly function if only he be convicted of having
    committed this transgression of the law. Accordingly, these rules have been sealed and ordained as
    respecting those persons who under the pretext of charges against their own presidents stand aloof,
    and create a schism, and disrupt the union of the Church. But as for those persons, on the other
    hand, who, on account of some heresy condemned by holy Councils, or Fathers, withdrawing
    themselves from communion with their president, who, that is to say, is preaching the heresy
    publicly, and teaching it barehead in church, such persons not only are not subject to any canonical
    penalty on account of their having walled themselves off from any and all communion with the one
    called a Bishop before any conciliar or synodal verdict has been rendered, but, on the contrary, they
    shall be deemed worthy to enjoy the honor which befits them among Orthodox Christians. For they
    have defied, not Bishops, but pseudo-bishops and pseudo-teachers; and they have not sundered the
    union of the Church with any schism, but, on the contrary, have been sedulous to rescue the Church
    from schisms and divisions.” etc.
    and placed upon them the penalty of defrocking from the episcopal rank and every priestly rank and
    returned them to the order of monks.
    This decision was made known to Metropolitan Anthony of Attica and Megaris who was not
    present at the synodal meeting and he expressed his total agreement with it and that he also signs
    this statement.
    The Holy Synod
    +Archbishop Chrysostom of Athens
    Gerontios of Peireus and Salamis
    Kallinikos of Fthiotis and Thavmakos
    Anthony of Attica and Megaris
    Maximos of Dimitrias and Magnisia
    Kallinikos of Achaia and all Peloponnisos
    Matthew of Onoi
    Kalliopios of Pentapolis
    Kallinikos of Dodekanisos
    Efthymios of Thessaloniki
    Stephen of Chios, Psara and Oinousses
    Athanasios of Acharnai and New Ionia
    Justin of Evripos and Evia

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