Recently, Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, Greece, wrote a powerful article titled “Healthy and Sick Monasticism”. While viewed as a supporter of some Ephraimite ideals, Metropolitan Hierotheos broke ranks with the Ephraimite status quo by excommunicating one of these fundamentalist-type monasteries in Greece: Holy Transfiguration, in Nafpaktos. In addition, the Metropolitan wrote this article and was well translated by Mr. John Sanidopoulos. It is available on his well-known web blog called “Mystagogy”.
Finally, we deeply commend and appreciate the courage of Metropolitan Hierotheos. We are encouraged that he stood up for the wellness of the laity that he is the defender of. Although we disagree with Metropolitan Hierotheos believing in the Aerial Tollhouse fallacy, we admire his conviction in standing up for what is right. We deeply appreciate his proactive leadership, and not simply remaining silent about serious issues. Remaining silent cannot be a status quo methodology for dealing with serious issues. “Defending the faithful” – what a wonderful example for Hierarchs to follow.