“The depose of Metropolitan of Oropos Kyprianos (Cyprian) Koutsoumbas”

Below are some excerpts of the 10 page court case, from the official document of the GOC Church of Greece, Voice of Orthodoxy; pertaining to the depose of Metropolitan Kyprianos of Oropos and Fili and all the rest of his bishops!

“The Holy Synod of GOC on the 5th/18th of November 1986 Deposed the Metropolitan of Oropos Kyprianos Koutsoumbas and demoted him to the rank of the monastics, because he fallen to the heresy of Ecumenism and torn off himself from our Church. This fact constitutes an especially sorrowful happening in the history of our struggle, because as it was proven the deposed Metropolitan Kyprianos Koutsoumbas for over fifteen years succeeded in deceiving the GOC Church of Greece pretending the sincere Orthodox Christian, he even succeeded in rising up to the steps of all the degrees of the priesthood in becoming a bishop, however his heart was totally being torn to pieces from the cacodox sermons of the new calanderist Ecumenism.”

On July 1986 Kypriano’s Bishop Chrysostomos Gonzales of Etna California wrote an open letter to the new calendar Archbishop Iakovos (Koukouzis) where he states to him that their synod has cut themselves off from the rest of the Old Calendar Church because they believe that the new calendar church is the mother church. He states: “we never denied the existence of the Grace in our Mother Church” meaning Iakovo’s church. And than he continues “we are not another Church over and above the Mother Church” also further down he congratulates Iakovos for “his many accomplishments” and wishes to him that among “the many accomplishments to also one day be able to bring your Orthodox brethren (Old Calanderists) together with you”

He finishes his open letter saying:

“I the youngest and least among the traditionalist bishops in this country, ask your forgiveness for any involuntary offense and humbly kiss your right hand. The very least Monk, Bishop Chrysostomos of Oreon Exarch for America of the True Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece, Synod of Metropolitan Kyprianos of Oropos and Fili.” July 18th 1986 (old style)


“At Korydallos, at the Holy Temple of the Great Martyr Marina, at the Streets of Queen Sofia and Crete, today the 5th/18th November 1986, the Holy Synod of the GOC Church of Greece convened in an assembly in a Synodical Court to judge the case against Metropolitans of Oropos and Fili k. Kyprianos Koutsoumbas, John of Sardinia, and those ordained by them, to wit: a) Chrysostomom Gonzales (Mexican) b) Niphon Gigoundou (Kenyan), c) Chrysostom Kouskoutsopoulos, d) Chrysostom Marlasis and three more, that is: one Swedish, one Italian and one Austrian of whom their identities are unknown to us, all of whom compose the innovative “Holy Synod of Resistance”


The Archbishop of Athens CHRYSOSTOMOS
The Metropoliatans of: Pireus and Salamina GERONTIOS,
Fthiotidos and Thaphmakou KALLINIKOS,
Attikis and Megaridos ANTONIOS, Dimitriados and Magnisias MAXIMOS,
Ahaias and Peloponnesos KALLINIKOS, Oinois MATTHEOS, Pentapoleos KALLIOPIOS,
Dodecanisou KALLINIKOS, Thessalonikis EYTHIMIOS,
Chiou and Psaron and Oinouson STEPHANOS, Acharnon ATHANASIOS,
Evripou and Evoias IOUSTINOS

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