The “miracles” of Lycabettus ignite holy feuds. As many hierarchs have expressed their discomfort with what is happening in the church of Saint Isidore, Archbishop Ieronymos brings the matter to the Holy Synod, at the next meeting of which he will inform about all the actions that have been taken so far, about the findings of investigations by the Church and the measures that will be taken, in order to deal definitively with the unprecedented situation. Photo NIKOS KOKKALIAS.
Underlying tension within the Hierarchy activates the hypothesis of what is taking place in Church of Saint Isidore in Lycabettus. Faced with this situation, Mr Archbishop Hieronymos brings the matter to Holy Synodat the next meeting of which, at the beginning of October, he will report on all the actions that have been taken so far, on the findings of investigations carried out by the Church and the measures that will be taken in order to definitively deal with the unprecedented situation.
The Archbishop’s decision comes as a response to the intense discomfort that many hierarchs are now expressing over the tolerance and maintenance of the “miracle fraud”, as they describe it, of priest Dimitris Loupasakis, who promises miracles from the Holy Cross that he keeps in the church, resulting in thousands of desperate believers flocking there. The Archbishop’s entourage announces that a solution has been found that will satisfy everyone after efforts that lasted several months. Probably the design involves moving the cross to another environment, to a place where no one will be able to dispute that, if there is a miraculous effect, it will be more useful there than anywhere else.
The decision to bring the issue to the Holy Synod does not seem to reassure hierarchs who have long pointed out that what is taking place daily on the slopes of Lycabettus is nothing more than a shameful exploitation of human suffering and despair. In fact, it is considered a common secret that if the church of Saint Isidores did not belong to the jurisdiction of the Metropolis of Athens, i.e. the jurisdiction of the Archbishop, the reactions of several metropolitans would have been expressed long ago and in high tones for the need to take drastic measures in order to stop this a situation harmful to the Church and the faith. In this context, there is no shortage of voices criticizing the delayed reaction and also the decision to bring the issue to the Holy Synod. As is typically said, this is a matter exclusively for the competent metropolis and not an issue that needs to be addressed by the Holy Synod, while hints are being left about procedures that will once again bring delays without a solution being provided.
Many hierarchs express their discomfort with what is happening in the church of Saint Isidore.
The annoyance of the hierarchs comes mainly from the fact that internally in the Church the case of Saint Isidores has been investigated for a long time and there are no doubts that it is a fraud, with its initiators becoming disheartened as long as they see that no measures are taken to limit their activity. In addition to the theological documentation, which in the relevant reports that have been drawn up are, according to the hierarchs, beyond all doubt, serious allegations are made of a financial scandal.
As is typically mentioned, the church of Saint Isidore is one of the ten chapels that belong to the Clergy Insurance Fund. It is the only one of the ten that consistently shows liabilities in its financial statements. The overcrowding and daily rush of people stand in stark contrast to the official economic figures appearing.
However, the delay in trying to put a stop to what the Church officially considers a deception of the faithful by the priest of Saint Isidore, is largely due to very strong pressures exerted by very powerful factors in the political and economic life of the place.
However, for the Church, “the knot in the comb” has probably arrived, as many hierarchs are faced with the reaction of the faithful of their metropolises, who rush to Saint Isidores, find that it is a well-established industry, whatever their expectations or hopes they refute and protest to the local metropolitans asking to stop the deception.
This is how the noisy reaction of the Metropolitan of Argolis Nektarios was caused, while other hierarchs have expressed their protests internally, to the competent organs of the Church. Furthermore, the Archbishop’s entourage reports that the decision to now bring the matter to the Holy Synod is the result of the public and private “outbursts” of hierarchs, which forced certain procedures to be expedited.