The GOC Kallinikos is a group that fell into schism in 1994 when it was led by Archbishop Chrysostomos II Kiousis. His successor at the present time is Archbishop Kallinikos of Achaia.
As the leader of his church, Archbishop Chrysostomos broke the unity of the Synod into two factions, and with half of his bishops supporting him, set up with them a secret parallel Synod and incorporated it under the same name, in order to funnel Church funds into this shadow corporation. In this way, he attempted to appropriate all church and monastery property to himself and to run the Church in a totalitarian way. When the shadow corporation was discovered, the Synod split. Kiousis was the cause of this schism due to his breaking of the cannons.
His faction began to stray permanently from the Faith due to what occurred in 1998, when his “synod” endorsed and consecrated a bishop, Archimandrite Paul of Astoria, N.Y. He believed and implemented the Cyprianite heresy of communing New Calendarists. Metropolitan Paul of Astoria, now the so-called ‘Metropolitan of North and South America’, held and still holds to this day, heretical beliefs and practices the of giving communion to Ecumenists (see World Orthodoxy). Consequently, the Kiousite schism also bears the taint of having endorsed Cyprianism, and falls under the 1983 Anathema which condemns the heresy Ecumenism.
After Kiousis acomplished the ordination of Paul of Astoria, he proceeded to ordain five other young bishops known as the “baby bishops”, because, they were all cononically under age; two of them were his nephews and one of these two was even in his twenties! He did this not only to fill the ranks of the bishops who were lost due to his schism, but also to maintain complete control of the synod by installing those who would always vote to support him.
To the present day, this synod of Archbishop Kallinikos has the reputation of being Cyprianite in their ecclesiology by the administration of the Holy Mysteries to the Ecumenist New Calendrists of both Greece and the United States.
In March of 2014, this schismatic synod of the G.O.C. of Greece under Archbishop Kallinikos and the heretical synod of the Cyprianites, the Synod of Resistors, entered into union with each other. This was accomplished with no repentance from either side. Two illegitimate and schismatic groups united to form one synod led by Kallinikos.
Because of all of the above uncanonical actions, this group finds a place on this site with schismatics and heretics.
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