September 2006 = Apostasy of Bishop

  • On September 15 Metropolitan Niphon severed himself from our Sacred Synod by letter and became independent. The Sacred Synod decided at an extraordinary court to strip him of his diocese and every administrative department. The Sacred Synod did not wish for the present to impose the penalties laid down by the Sacred Canons for a renegade bishop but instead imposed a three month suspension so that he might reflect on his action and repent. As was to be expected, Metropolitan Niphon was followed by the defection of Bishop Arethas who belongs to the synodia of Metropolitan Niphon.