To His Beatitude Archbishop
Athens and All Greece,
Chairman of the Holy Synod
Your Beatitude, Mr. Chairman,
I have been informed by a
reliable source that during the meeting of the
“Dialogue” Committees of the Orthodox Church and
the Roman Catholics, which is to take place in
Cyprus in the forthcoming month of October, the
matter of primacy and infallibility of the Pope
will be discussed.
As regards the primacy, there are
persistent rumours that are saying the Orthodox
intend to accept the primacy as a “primacy of
honour” of the pope, the way it actually used to
be, before the papists excised themselves from
the Church. Nevertheless, the pope himself will
continue to regard it as a “primacy of power”.
If that is the case, then what will ensue? Is
there perhaps going to be a certain unacceptable
Personally speaking, I am
absolutely unable to accept something like
And what is to be done about that
It is my opinion, therefore, Your
Beatitude, that: a) You must make known to the
venerable Hierarchy the persons that will
comprise the Orthodox Committee for the
“Dialogue”, so that we do not risk sustaining
any new humiliation, like the one that we
sustained a few years ago at Balamand. b) You
must make known if the members of the Committee
have been given the appropriate – Orthodox
guidelines, to which it is imperative that the
members strictly adhere.
This briefing must be urgently
conveyed to the venerable Hierarchy as soon as
possible and in fact, with the commencement of
the Sacred Corps’ work agenda.
Events are taking their course.
The agony of the Clergy and the People is
increasing from day to day. I beseech you
fervently, let us not remain idle. “Time does
not wait”. We have an immense responsibility
before God and our Holy Church.
With the above,
The least among brothers in
† Andrew of Druinoupolis,
Pogoniani and Konitsa