According to a statement released today, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has placed Father Eleftherios Tatsis (Papa Lefteris) on suspension.
The Statement read.
Our Holy Archdiocese recently informed its faithful about the attitude and behaviour of Fr Eleftherios Tatsis, detailing the events that took place in the last few months and some indicative public stances that document his sad deviation from Church canons and an Orthodox ethos and mindset.
Fr Eleftherios’ subsequent actions, some of which he has made public, show a recurrence and leave no room for either His Eminence Archbishop Makarios or the Church to further exercise ecclesiastical economy and to be tolerant. For this reason, Fr Eleftherios Tatsis was suspended today, the 5th of October this year, and dismissed from his duties.
We inform the faithful of the Church that from this point forth, every service and every sacrament that possibly may be performed by the said clergyman does not have validity and is not recognised either by the Holy Archdiocese of Australia or by the rest of the Orthodox Church in any part of the world.
Father Eleftherios, commonly known as Papa Lefteris, resigned after his last service at Panagia Kamariani on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Hundreds of people from across Melbourne made their way to the Red Hill Church, prepared to farewell and thank the priest, as rumours of his imminent resignation had been circulating over the past week.