ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
 

Election of the bishops

Exemplifying the loss of the orthodox healing tradition is the way we elect our bishops in contemporary Orthodoxy.

Our Church has insistently kept this blessed tradition to elect bishops from the monasteries. Why?

Because the monasteries are the university medical schools that produce true physicians for the human soul, real bishops and real spiritual fathers and confessors!

We have destroyed this blessed habit today, and we elect bishops out of those who have got a degree from a theology school, actually from those who, in a big degree, have studied heresy, the absolute darkness.

In the old days, indeed, the bishops were chosen from the monasteries. Why so? Because they were the ones who knew very well how to apply the healing method of the Church. And the Church preferred especially them, because She was very confident about their successful therapeutic activity, when they were placed inside a city, a metropolis, and the parishes. She was sure they would be successful in healing the people by being a true physician of their souls.

This is how a real bishop should be. He is the head-physician, who leads the other physicians, meaning the spiritual leaders (Pnevmatikoi, in Greek), the priests within his Episcopal district. At the same time, he is also responsible for the whole Church. However, if a bishop himself has no idea about the therapy, the medical treatment and prescription (e.g. if he has not experienced his personal purification, illumination and théosis), how will he ever be able to offer any cure to his flock? What is he going to heal anyway? He ends up being only a manager, an administration officer, and, so, his flock is usually left off uncured. Consequently, this bishop thinks the Church is a public charity (foundation) or a common wealth organization, serving some of the needs of the state.

f. Savvas Agioreitis


To be continued…