What is the “Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia”

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the so called “Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia” is a fake Orthodox ecclesiastical organisation operating under the “Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia” (GOCSA).

What is an Autocephalous Orthodox Church?

Communion of the Apostles

Communion of the Apostles

An autocephalous (literally “self headed”) Orthodox Church is an Orthodox Church within the communion of the world wide Orthodox Church whose head bishop directs the affairs of his own diocese without the need to report to any higher ranking bishop outside his diocese. Autocephaly is granted to a particular diocese with the blessing of other dioceses within the world wide communion of the Orthodox Church.

Who granted “Autocephaly” to GOCSA?

No one! GOCSA created its own “autocephaly”. That is it unilaterally removed itself from the world wide communion of the Orthodox Church and called itself the “Autocephalic [sic] Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia”. Ironically in recent times this “autocephalic church” was under the jurisdiction of the fragmented “Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece” in particular the faction of Auxentios. Thus even though Auxentios was GOCSA’s spiritual head they still called themselves the “Autocephalic [sic] Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia”. In June 2011 GOCSA ran away from Auxentios (sacked him) taking with them (stealing) his “clergy”. In response Auxentios defrocked the “clergy” he sent to Australia namely: Christodoulos (GOCSA’s “bishop”), Prokopios, Andrew and Petros. These gentlemen (except for Petros) have now acquired the unique distinction of being defrocked twice (once from the canonical Orthodox Church and secondly from the uncanonical Old Calendarist Church of Greece). A third “defrockment” awaits them from GOCSA’s lay administration.

To this day GOCSA shops around looking for defrocked clergy or any charlatan seeking employment.

How many “churches” does the “Autocephalic  Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia” have?

According to their face book page: the “Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church has many churches in Melbourne , Victoria, Clayton , Saint Albans, Woolongong, Newcastle”.

Translation: GOCSA’s administration of lay people oversees: 4 “churches” in Adelaide, 2 “churches” in Melbourne, 1 in Newcastle and 1 in Wollongong.

What about America, how many “churches” does GOCSA have in the U.S.A?

A grand total of zero. GOCSA has never had a “church” in America. If it could GOCSA would call itself the “Greek Orthodox Church of America, Australia, Earth and the Milky Way Galaxy”. But with no “church” in America this may be a bit premature.

Where to from here?

The Virgin Mary and the Christ child

The Virgin Mary and the Christ child

The “Autocephalic  Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia” is a canonical anomaly for the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia. It has not and will never find a place in the world wide communion of the Orthodox Church. It is a sick establishment that burdens the life and witness of the Greek Orthodox Church. The only solution is for GOCSA to come into the fold of the canonical Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, namely: the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia”. We have seen this successfully take place in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney what is Adelaide waiting for?

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