11 April 2005

Archbishop Iakovos (1911-2005)

One more ecclesiastical leader has been recalled to his reward: Archbishop Iakovos, who served as head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Americas between 1959 and 1996. It is thought that he was deposed by the Ecumenical Patriarch for favouring the consolidation of the various overlapping ethnic jurisdictions in the United States into a single Orthodox body. Perhaps he took too seriously his church's seemingly neglected condemnation of phyletism at an 1872 Synod at Constantinople.

Associated Press

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