The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1922


Here are links to the previous five articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 19171918191919201921 1922 Ecumenical Patriarch Meletios Metaxakis As 1921 turned to 1922, the Church of Greece rejected the election of Meletios Metaxakis as Ecumenical Patriarch, and formally deposed him. Ignoring this, in February,...

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1921


Here are links to the previous four articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 1917191819191920 1921 In February 1921, the Red Army invaded Georgia, capturing Tbilisi and then the rest of the country. The communists declared the “Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic” and began a mass persecution...

The Nine Years That Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church: 1920


Here are links to the previous three articles in this series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-25: 1917 1918 1919 1920 In January 1920, the Ecumenical Patriarchate issued an encyclical “Unto the Churches of Christ everywhere,” calling for the “rapprochement between the various Christian Churches” and the establishment of...

The Pan-Orthodox Council of 1998


Beginning in the post-Communist era in the early 1990s, a faction of schismatics emerged in Bulgaria, breaking away from the canonical Bulgarian Orthodox Church. These schismatics -- known as the "Alternative Synod" -- elected their own Patriarch in 1996, with the backing of the Bulgarian government. Under immense pressure, the...

The Legacy of Father Nicola Yanney


What follows is the text I used for a talk on Fr. Nicola Yanney on October 28, 2018, at a pilgrimage in Kearney, Nebraska, commemorating the 100th anniversary of his repose. Audio and video recordings were made of the talk, and those should be available at some point. I think...

Patriarch Athenagoras Clearly States How Autocephaly Must Be Granted


Editor's note: On Friday, Orthodox History published a 1970 letter by Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in response to the Moscow Patriarchate's decision to grant autocephaly to the "Orthodox Church in America." After posting the letter, we received the following article by “Petrus Antiochenus.”   Today, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is on the...