Hello all, while we are still getting to know Yiannis Conidaris allow us to introduce you to Mr Nikolaos Fourtounis.

Mr Nikolaos Fourtounis was “ordained” by a Greek Old Calandarist (GOC) faction in September 2013 for their church in Melbourne called St. Gregorios. Today according to the “important announcement” below he is with Prokopios. Why? Well that is not important to us; suffice to say that these types of people have a way of attracting each other. Generally speaking they are as untrustworthy to our faithful as they are of each other and look to schism to satisfy their insatiable greed and disguise their passions. There is no ending in sight for them since truth and the existence of God have been effortlessly blocked from their world view. As long as they get what they want they will always be around; take this away from them and they are gone like a flash. To question, challenge and resist them means that you are no longer one of their victims. Only in this way can all GOCSA constituents and all the Orthodox faithful be liberated from their sway and corruption.


Now to Prokopios’ contradictory announcement. According to Prokopios, Nikolaos’ ordination by Bishop Photios of GOC is valid but the church that he was assigned to by GOC is a “schismatic non canonical church”. Do you mean to say Mr Kanavas that anyone who serves in your “churches” is canonical whereas everything that they did before took place in a “schismatic non canonical church”? Or are you saying that you are part of the GOC synod in Greece and therefore recognize each others ordinations? But how can this be? GOCSA never have and never will have anything to do with the schismatic Greek Old Calandarists. GOCSA and GOC are two mutually independent schismatic groups that are cut off from the world wide communion of the Orthodox Church. The simple truth is that if someone officiates in a non-canonical church (like Nikolaos did in Melbourne) this is because (1) their ordination is non-canonical or (2) they left a canonical church and joined a non-canonical church. Mr Kanavas has had the rare occurrence of being in both predicaments.

We ask Mr Prokopios Kanavas to cease insulting the intelligence of the Greek Orthodox faithful in Adelaide, especially the poor GOCSA faithful who are exposed to his convoluted lies.

Saint Athanasios

Recently on January the 17th it was the feast day of St. Anthony and on January the 18th the feast day of St Athanasios. We noticed that Prokopios and all of the GOCSA churches held under Prokopios’ captivity honored the memories of St Anthony and St. Athanasios with a church service. It is timely then that we remind Prokopios what St. Athanasius said about schism and heresy in his book on the life of St. Anthony.

In things having to do with belief, he [Saint Anthony] was truly wonderful and orthodox. Perceiving their wickedness and apostasy from the outset, he never held communion with the Meletian schismatics. And neither toward the Manicheans nor toward any other heretics did he profess friendship, except to the extent of urging change to right belief, for he held and taught that friendship and association with them led to injury and destruction of the soul.  So in the same way he abhorred the heresy of the Arians, and he ordered everyone neither to go near them nor to share their erroneous beliefs. Once when some of the Ariomaniacs came to him, sounding them out and learning that they were impious, he chased them from the mountain, saying that their doctrines were worse than serpents poison. (Source: Athanasius – The life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus, Paulist Press, 1980, p81-82)

In the Orthodox Church we honor our saints by imitating them. ΤΙΜΗ ΑΓΙΟΥ, ΜΙΜΗΣΗ ΑΓΙΟΥ.


GOCSA's latest recruit - John Konidaris.

GOCSA’s latest recruit – Yiannis Conidaris.

Dear Readers,

We once again bring to your attention the name of another imposter masquerading as an Orthodox priest. His name is Yiannis Conidaris and just like all the other GOCSA employees wearing similar attire, he too is on the payroll to literally deceive our faithful into thinking that he is a legitimate Orthodox priest. Sadly Mr Conidaris conceals the fact that he was deposed by the Church of Greece, specifically through the “Secondary Synodical Court of the Church of Greece for Priests, Deacons and Monks” (decision number: 33/2011).

Some questions to ponder:

  1. Why is it that GOCSA regard the canonical decisions of the Orthodox Church with such contempt?
  2. Why is it that GOCSA act in ways that implicate them as being unaccountable to their constituents (most of whom have received a canonical baptism prior to 1960) and consequently to God?
  3. To date since 2010 approximately 6-10 clergy of similar ilk to Mr Conidaris have been put on the GOCSA payroll but have since been sacked or have resigned. Why such an unnaturally high turnover?

Some possible answers:

  1. The Orthodox Church has no ethical standing in GOCSA’s decision making. Truly if they could GOCSA would rather remove themselves from having any association with the Orthodox Church rather than pretend they are part of the Orthodox Church. Of course to do so would mean that GOCSA’s true identity of not being affiliated with the world wide communion of the Orthodox Church will be revealed. (A fact that they expediently conceal from their innocent and vulnerable constituents).
  2. GOCSA get away with what they do because their constituents (including voters) are not informed about the injustices/lies committed against them. More precisely it has not sunk in as yet that GOCSA are uncanonical. Fortunately things are slowly turning around. Still there is much work needed to be done, especially by the GOCSA members. For example GOCSA members have every right to question the GOCSA admin about their non-canonical status as an Orthodox Church and to demand answers as to why they are being told otherwise.
  3. While GOCSA are in schism and outside of the communion of the Orthodox Church they will always have a high turnover of clergy. Unfortunately all they have to do is look up the lists of deposed clergy from across the Orthodox world for new recruits. In the past new recruits have come from as far as Canada. However now that GOCSA are open to receiving deposed Greek Old Calanderist clergy (mostly gentleman who have been defrocked more than once, like Mr Prokopios Kanavas who has notched up his third defrockment) there is an overabundance of stock.

Our heartfelt prayer is for GOCSA to be grafted into the communion of the Orthodox Church. To do so is simply a matter of having canonically valid Orthodox clergymen. It is the current calibre of clergymen in GOCSA that are a hindrance to any form of reconciliation taking place. Together with the GOCSA admin who condone them they personify all that is against unity for the Greek Orthodox faithful in Adelaide. May the Lord hear our prayer and unite us all by His Grace and through His Church.

And so it seems, given all the available documentation concerning Mr Kanavas and Mr Haros, that yet again, the Greek Community in Adelaide is faced with more troubles which weigh on top of those that have already brought enough sadness and tragedy to many families in this city for over 50 years.

How many of our children have been lost to the Orthodox Faith because of the scandalous attitudes shown during this time which were seemingly evolved around Archdiocese versus Community? How many of our young people fell away from the Church. How many children noted that their parents only honoured their ethnic identity in Church and not worship the LORD? How many of our children did not see and feel in their hearts the Self-Emptying Love of Our LORD Jesus Christ and to come to a faith where they loved the LORD with all their heart, mind, strength and to love their neighbour as themselves? How many did not realise that the Orthodox Church was preaching that the LORD loved them and died for them? How many were torn apart by their misgivings about the motivations of people involved in these communities, people who have been driven by either their own hurts or their beliefs and/or even perhaps HATRED OF JESUS HIMSELF AND HIS HOLY CHURCH? How long will it be before we stop lying to ourselves?

This schism is not about property or money…IN FACT IT NEVER WAS…it was about about ONE PERSON, OUR LORD and HIS HOLY CHURCH and appropriate Canonical Order, as in accordance with the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Anyone who has a working knowledge of Orthodox Theology understands that schism is an extremely serious error. Of course there have been very personal human failings of those involved in this dispute over the years, whether from those within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia or in GOCSA itself.

God only knows what has been said and done and what hatred there has been. We are all sinners. We all fail. We all seek forgiveness and to forgive. God only knows the suffering that we have all undergone. However the simple fact remains…GOCSA is and remains uncanonical…the so-called Autocephalic Church is uncanonical….the so-called Former Exarchate is uncanonical…the so-called “bishops” are not bishops.

We stand NOW with Christ in Our Midst. We call upon those in the GOCSA, those acting as “bishops”, “priests” and the laypersons to recall the Love of God and His Forgiveness, Who is as Humble as He is Almighty, and the Holy Theotokos whom we commemorate today and our Fathers and Mothers Amongst the Saints to come to their senses about this situation within GOCSA and come to metanoia/repentance and home to the Mother Church. We pray that the “priests” of GOCSA lead the way and bring their people back into the embrace of the Church. Show courage. The LORD forgives all in His Love when we repent. The Holy Orthodox Church awaits you in the Love of our LORD Jesus Christ. God bless you on this Holy Day. May the Theotokos cast her Protection over our people.

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.


GOCSA is not part of any Canonical Orthodox Church. That of course includes the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia which is an Archdiocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (or Orthodox Church) of Constantinople which is in turn, in complete spiritual and canonical union with all of its sister Churches of the worldwide Orthodox Church including the Autocephalous Orthodox Patriarchates (Churches) of Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Georgia and Bulgaria and the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches of Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Czech & Slovak Republics and Albania.

Each of these Autocephalous Churches may also be responsible for a number of Autonomous Orthodox Churches around the world such as the Church of Finland which is a self-governing Church under the aegis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Japanese Orthodox Church which are self-governing Churches under the aegis of Patriarchate of Russia.

Each Church is administered by a Synod under the presidency of its Patriarch or Metropolitan or Archbishop and consists of Archdioceses and Dioceses. Each (arch)diocese has of course a responsible (arch)Bishop, who is in turn completely accountable to his Synod for his Diocese.

If anyone, absolutely anyone or any entity (e.g. GOCSA) is in schism with any one of these Orthodox Churches then they are automatically in complete schism with the entire Orthodox Church that is every Church mentioned above which are the Canonical Orthodox Churches which are in complete communion with each other. All of these Churches are united and fulfilled completely in the Holy Spirit, as the Church of Christ, the Bride of Christ. These Orthodox Churches are of the same Faith, Tradition and Canons, each recognising the Ecumenical Patriarch as the “first amongst equals” that is the Presiding Bishop of the entire Orthodox Church.

Any entity whatsoever, and by whatever name it chooses to call itself, including the use of the name “Orthodox”, which is not in communion with any of the worldwide Orthodox Churches, is therefore not part of it, and its so-called “sacraments” or “mysteries” are of no consequence or invalid. This includes GOCSA. GOCSA is not in communion with any Canonical Orthodox Church of Christ. There are many entities that use the word “Orthodox” and “Sacred Synod” and “Archbishop” and numerous canonical sounding names designed to fool and to divert attention away from their falsehood, that is that they are NOT PART OF THE CANONICAL ORTHODOX CHURCH. ALL SO-CALLED “SACRAMENTS” MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IF YOU ARE NOT IN COMMUNION WITH THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE AND ITS SISTERS CHURCHES. PERIOD.

The Communion of these Canonical Churches is in the Holy Spirit which preserves the Bride of Christ, that is the Holy Orthodox Church. Every tide of persecution waged against Christ and His Church and the Saints of Christ, whether through the Early Roman Persecutions, or Fall of Constantinople, or the Communist Rule in the Soviet Union could never destroy the Church. The Church can never be extinguished, precisely because of the Holy Spirit. Anyone, but anyone who goes into schism with the Church commits a extremely serious spiritual error because it denies the work of the Holy Spirit. All of this of course does not mean that everyone in the Orthodox Church is perfect. History knows of course of how certain individuals and groups who were within the Church, including malignant Bishops and Lay Persons have caused much controversy and hurt, but even then, the Holy Spirit protected the Church. The Orthodox Church of Christ, is where we come laden with our sins and hurts to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, whether Bishop, Priest, Deacon, Monk, Lay person and to receive Christ, forgiveness, Life itself. The Orthodox Church is what it is and cannot compromise even one iota of what it is because it is in the Holy Spirit. This is the Doctrine of the Church that is central to Orthodox Christian Theology. This is why schism is so serious.

This is not about being Greek or Russian or whatever. Our ethnicity is immaterial to our salvation. It is about JESUS CHRIST, it is about LOVE.

We are truly sorry for the historical events that lead to GOCSA’s schism. May the LORD of LOVE guide those who wish to seek Jesus. May the LORD bless those in GOCSA who seek Him completely and truly.


Prodigal Son

Dear readers this Sunday our Orthodox Church celebrates the “Sunday of Orthodoxy”.  Here the triumph of the Orthodox faith is witnessed through upholding the veneration of icons within its life and worship. Those rejecting this teaching for falsehood (heresy) were anathematised (excommunicated, i.e. to wilfully cut oneself off from the communion of the Church). Historically on this Sunday the names of the heresiarchs (i.e. leaders of false teachings) were also recited so as to protect the faithful from their influence but also as an act of mercy towards the heresiarchs who upon being reminded of their status in the life of the Church were being encouraged and prayed for to repent and return to Her fold. With the same spirit of mercy and prayer for their reconciliation to the communion of the Orthodox Church please find below three of the most recent expressions of heresy within the life of the local Greek Orthodox Church in Adelaide. Their names are Athanasios Rigalos, Evangelos Despotithis and George Zisiathis. In accordance to the Liturgy of St. Basil which we celebrate during the Sundays of Lent we pray for “an end to the divisions of the Churches”. This is our heartfelt prayer, our comfort, our hope and the communion of love that we are all called to embrace. “Lord our God, give us Your peace, Your love.” Kali Sarakosti! Have a blessed Lent!

1.    Mr Athanasios Rigalos

Mr Athanasios Rigalos (whom we discussed in our previous blog entry and in greater detail here) was defrocked from the priesthood by the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece (“Church of Greece”) because by his own admission he conceded to acknowledge that he was a practicing homosexual. Subsequently he was dismissed as a public servant from the Hellenic Republic whereby his accreditation as a priest was revoked from the then “Ministry for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs” (since June 2012 called “Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports”).  This meant that he was no longer receiving a wage from the Hellenic Republic as one of its public servants (priest) and the immediate cessation of all other entitlements that he previously had as a public servant. Of course Mr Rigalos on the grounds of innocence could have appropriated the judicial system of Greece and appealed this decision as others have successfully done so and overturned their verdicts. Instead he chose to align himself with one of the numerous and increasing Greek Old Calendarist factions of Greece, who dismissed him instantly when they were made aware of the reasons for his defrockment. It so happens that after the passing of 22 years from the time of Mr Rigalos’ defrockment he now works for the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia.

Mr Rigalos

2.    Mr Evangelos Despotithis   

Mr Evangelos Despotithis was a former parish priest on the Greek tourist island of Santorini. On the 12th of October 2010 he was defrocked from the Church of Greece and restored to the laity. Just like Mr Rigalos, Mr Despotithis also refrained from appropriating the judicial system of Greece to maintain his innocence.

Please read here Mr Despotithis’ defrockment notice which among other things includes the following as the reasons that led to his defrockment:

  • Attempted suicide
  • Abandoning his post as a priest
  • Abandoning his clerical garb
  • Abandoning his wife and young child

These four reasons are summarised below and are extrapolated in the defrockment notice which comes from the Greek Orthodox Church of Greece and is ratified by the State of Greece.

On the 8th of August, 2009 he took a kitchen knife and brandished it in self-harming ways with a view of taking out his life. After his first to our knowledge failed attempt at suicide he then went on to consume three boxes of Ponstan (mefanamic acid) capsules. Here too Mr Despotithis fortunately fell short of taking out his life. Upon reprimand, Mr Despotithis admitted to the Police authorities of Santorini that he did engage in the above self-harming actions. He further confessed before the Police authorities that he acted in such self-destructive ways as a result of being abandoned by a female companion that he was having an affair with. The appropriate medical and judicial departments of Greece have documented accounts of Mr Despotithis’ mental health condition and volatile disposition and subsequently have placed him on record.

After such traumatic episodes Mr Despotithis abandoned his wife and their adopted young child and went to Athens to find work outside of the priesthood. In this way he also abandoned his post as a parish priest in Santorini as also his clerical garb.

How is it that a gentlemen of the likes of Mr Despotithis whose chequered history is officially documented was invited to Adelaide to work for the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia? Certainly one finds the above alarming to say the least. The defrockment notice that is included in this post is accredited with police and medical testimonies and thus can be verified upon request. We leave it for one’s own discernment to examine how someone who acts in self-harming and life threatening ways and furthermore abandons his wife and young child can teach let alone proclaim the word of God. While we of course pray for his mental & spiritual healing that he may recover from the depths to which he has fallen, surely it would constitute an act of negligence of the most severe kind to expose Mr Despotithis to the pious faithful who make up our church congregations, both for the sake of the faithful and for the sake of the man himself?


Cover note for Mr Despotithis’ defrockment notice from the Church of Greece. Click to read the full document in PDF format.

3.    Mr George Zisiathis

It is imperative that one vigilantly looks into the character of Mr George Zisaithis. Six months ago Mr Zisiathis appeared in Adelaide and specifically among others to priests of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Often he showed them photos of his former successful business (making grills and barbeques) which has since seen better days if not fallen into liquidation. All of a sudden Mr Zisiathis ceased all contact with these acquaintances and began wearing the priestly attire and associating with the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia. It is evident that he is grooming himself to work as a “priest” of GOCSA.

imagesCAX0Q57NIn the tiny newspaper “Greek Tribune” (February 2013, p 3) and tabloid trash of all newspapers, some anonymous writer tries to deny GOCSA’s fake priest, Athanasios Rigalos’, unfortunate fall into the sin of homosexuality. The faceless writer cowardly does this without any official documents and without any attempt (or ability) to respond to any of Sydney or Melbourne’s Greek newspapers. Both the popular and nationally read Neos Kosmos of Melbourne and the Greek Herald of Sydney, have taken all the necessary legal avenues to access official civil and ecclesiastical documentation that testify with conclusive evidence to Mr Rigalos’ expulsion from the priesthood (see previous post).

The new recruit:
Mr Rigalos

The anonymous article from Renmark’s “Greek Tribune” in a vain attempt to compensate for lack of readership is now being hand-delivered into the innocent homes of Adelaide’s Greek elderly. And all this because once again the GOCSA administration want to save face for the disastrous mistake they made in hiring Mr Rigalos.

Adelaide’s Schismatic Priests. All fake all defrocked.

An example of the tabloid trash poisoning our community which purposely goes out to sabotage any attempts at healing the schism in Adelaide.

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