During the Advent Lenten period of 2012, Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto spoke against certain fundamentalist monasteries and immature spiritual confessors. God bless him for being brave. He is not anti-Monastic, but anti sick-monasticism. (Like Metropolitan Hierotheos who excommunicated one such Monastery in Nafpaktos, Greece). The person that posted this is pro the fundamentalist Elder Ephraim, as you will obviously see in his fundamentalist diatribe. It is encouraging to see a Hierarch come forward to protect the faithful.
We listened to the entire video. He is not slandering Athonite Monasteries. He is, however, obviously concerned about some of them. Metropolitan Hierotheos in Nafpaktos excommunicated one Monastery there in order to protect the fold. He and Metropolitan Sotirios are concerned about the wellness of the people. What about obedience to the Bishop? Or is it conditional obedience?
“If you ignore it – it will go away – An essay on an apparent modus operandi of the GOA Holy Synod”
Read this essay which utilizes the important Patriarch Athenagoras Institute report “The Orthodox Church Today” by Alexei D. Krindatch of the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute (September 2007 through May 2008),
In light of recent events, is ignoring business as usual?
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KVOA, a well noted local news station in Tucson, Arizona, will air a powerful report on February 10th, 2013 at 10pm Arizona time. This can be viewed online.
Kristi Tedesco is an award winning journalist who did another such investigative report several years ago. This follow up will be a powerful story following the recent death of a young former monk at the Monastery gates.
This is a “Kristi’s Kids Investigation” that must be seen by all interested in this story.
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A law firm has been retained to represent Diane and Ashley Nevins, parents of the former monk who committed suicide at the monastery gates of Saint Anthony’s in Florence, Arizona. San Francisco attorney Mr. Stephen M. Murphy has be retained for a wrongful death suit.
“The death of the Nevins’ only son can be directly attributed to the more than six years of horrific physical and psychological abuse he endured at St. Anthony’s. The methodology used by the monastery’s leadership, Archimandrites Ephraim and Paisios, fits every criterion used by the mental health community to identify a group which engages in the destructive practice of thought reform. … Scott sustained severe emotional trauma as a direct result of the Archimandrites Ephraim and Piasios’s (sic) coercive tactics and practices, and the harm continued to affect Scott Nevins after he fled from St. Anthony’s Monastery in February of 2011. Scott Nevins’ death could have been prevented had either Metropolitan Gerasimos or Archbishop Demetrios responded to the Nevins’ pleas to remove Scott from the monastery and provide him with the help necessary to recover from the destructive practices he encountered at St. Anthony’s.”
The purpose of the impending lawsuit by the Nevins family is stated to be in order to protect other families and individuals. The document states “every aspect of this lawsuit will be made public” in harmony with the Nevins’ wishes.
The attachments also include queries as to why the Greek Orthodox Church has allowed Saint Anthony’s to promote unaccepted teachings and practices, unchallenged. In addition, the attachments also include documentation suggesting that the practices of Elder Ephraim and Saint Anthony’s Monastery meet all eight criteria of being a “cult”.
The recipients are: the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, and Saint Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona. They have seven days to respond to this demand letter, otherwise a lawsuit will be filed.