Assistant Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis described Makarios, the newly elected Archbishop of Australia, as a person of his time, and a distinguished scientist. The Assistant Bishop is currently serving as Patriarchal Vicar in Australia.
In an interview with the SBS Radio Program, Bishop Ezekiel, who is Australia’s most senior Greek Orthodox cleric, considers the breaking of the Archdiocese into Metropolises to be a positive development.
In the interview he pointed out that the new Archbishop of Australia was a very humble person, and at the same time has a profound knowledge. “He is a scientist. He has a Master in Bioethics while he studied Theology.”
He noted that “we are very fortunate that he have been elected as Archbishop of Australia.”
Regarding the issue of the division of the Archdiocese, Bishop Ezekiel stressed that there is no formal announcement. “However, the Ecumenical Patriarch said that the Archdiocese of Australia would break up into Metropolises, But, for the time being, we are expecting to hear which will be the final decision and how it will implemented.”
He considers that this initiative will be a positive development. “I think that it would be positive to break up the Archdiocese into Metropolises, which will have a co-operation. Τhe Metropolitans must be in co-operation with the “first”, whom I would like to call the Archbishop of Australia and to have his seat in Sydney, since it is the first place where a Greek Orthodox cleric was installed in Australia.”
In fact, he did not rule out the possibility of convening a Holy Synod in Australia as well. “There will be three or four Metropolitans under the Archbishop, while he will be the president of this gathering or the Synod – if that is what it is called.”