ENGLISH VERSION: Statement of the Holy Synod of HOCNA on Bishop Demetrius (Kyriakou), formerly of Carlisle
St. Euphrosyne of Egypt
25 September/8 October 2012
In his statement of September 16, 2012, Bishop Demetrius, formerly of Carlisle, tries to convince the clergy and the faithful of HOCNA, that he departed from the Communion with his fellow bishops for matters of faith. In his own words:
"Since my responsibility is to protect and defend the purity of our Confession of Faith, I can no longer remain a hierarch on the Synod of Bishops of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America."
We find it extremely difficult to take Bishop Demetrius' statement seriously, because in his correspondence with our Synod (September 11, 2012), he claimed that the reason for his departure were certain "differences", and not only did he not mention any lack of "purity of Confession of Faith" of HOCNA bishops, but in his second letter to us (September 12, 2012), he was even willing to receive a letter of release from the self-same Synod of HOCNA:
"In the past, Metropolitan Ephraim had offered releases to clergy who didn't even ask for one, namely, Fr George Kochergin and Fr Yakov Tseitlin. When Metropolitan Moses left, the Synod basically just told him that he was free to go his way. If the Synod would like to give me a release I will accept it, with the hopes that we can still keep doors open, since anything is possible, and God works miracles. If not, at least a friendly "good-bye" (on paper) would be nice."
So, when exactly, in that span of few days, did the bishops of HOCNA fall into heresy? Or, was Bishop Demetrius willing to receive a letter of release (or a friendly "good-bye") from heretical bishops? Or perhaps, as we think, Bishop Demetrius, does not believe that the veneration of the Name of God, as confessed by the monastics expelled from Mount Athos in 1913, to be a heresy (as he has stated on several occasions), but sadly, has decided to use it as an excuse to clothe his departure in a mantle of "Confession of Faith", for it is only in this manner that he can justify the unjustifiable - a schism from the Church in which he was brought up, tonsured as a monastic, ordained as a deacon, as a priest and finally as a bishop? We grieve over such a lack of integrity shown by Bishop Demetrius.
+ Bishop Gregory of Brookline
Secretary of the Holy Synod
 In September 2011, Bishop Demetrius was on a pastoral trip to Ukraine, during which he ordained Fr. Martinian of Rivne to the priesthood. Before the ordination, Fr. Martinian, in the presence of witnesses, asked Bishop Demetrius whether he considered the veneration of the Name of God, as confessed by those Athonite monastics, to be a heresy, to which Bishop Demetrius answered that no, he did not consider it to be a heresy. Upon this, Fr. Martinian, overjoyed, said that he would not have consented to be ordained by Bishop Demetrius, had he answered otherwise.