The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) remains an uncanonical entity. The entity with which it has apparently united itself and is self-styled with words such as “Holy” and “Sacred Synod of Greece” IS NOT THE HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH OF GREECE.

The entity known as the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia (AGOCAA) is not and has never been canonical. Nothing, absolutely nothing has changed. For all the grandeur and beauty of an “ordination”, the “bishops”, vestments, “titles” and emotions felt, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Anyone, absolutely anyone, can buy any vestment and any Church ornament and any service book. It does not make them a “priest” “bishop” or “canonical”.

Canonicity is of the One Holy and Catholic and Apostolic Church professing the Orthodox Faith. Recognition by a government as a religious entity, DOES NOT MAKE GOCSA CANONICAL OR INDEED ORTHODOX, no matter how one self-styles their entity. Canonicity AGAIN is of and ONLY OF the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church professing the Orthodox Faith. It is for this Faith and for this Church that the Holy Martyrs died from the birth of the Church.  It is for this Church and this Faith that untold of thousands died in Greece, the Balkans and in the Soviet Union.

To remain in schism is an extremely serious spiritual error that IN FACT casts disrespect for the witness of the Saints. It is for this Church and this Faith, that St Nectarios of Pentapolis who had been so terribly wronged and hurt by individuals including a Patriarch himself DID NOT LEAVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE CANONICAL CHURCH. St Nectarios trusted in the Holy Trinity, Who glorified Him as Saint. St Nectarios never thought of leaving the Church, never thought of starting his own entity, never thought of anything except the LOVING GRACE OF GOD and GODS WILL. This is why he is so loved by us, because he kept faith and struggled and brought the individuals in a Church to repentance.

There are many Saints who stood against all who would harm the Church including St Luke the Surgeon who died in 1962, St Mark of Ephesus, the Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils who in the Holy Spirit gave us the Canons, by which GOCSA and AGOCAA and whoever else is in schism are made uncanonical. Members of the Orthodox Church of course are not perfect, no one is…HOWEVER we, as utterly fallen as we are, beset by sin, sadness and personal tragedy, longing for God, accepting His Loving Grace through the Mysteries because of His Love, because He first Loved us, stand well and with fear of His Love, in His Mercy, in Faith, Hope and Love.

MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS AND OUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS AMONGST THE SAINTS SAVE US AND PROTECT US AGAINST ALL EVIL. GOD BLESS YOU.

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