Objections to the appointment of the Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all of Greece as Locum Tenens of the Holy Metropolis of Glyfada after the death of Metropolitan Paul, are formulated by Metropolitan Symeon of Nea Smyrni.
Specifically, in a letter to the members of the Standing Holy Synod, who is due to meet tomorrow and for two days, Metropolitan Symeon expresses his concern about the appointment of the Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens as Locum Tenens of the Metropolis of Glyfada.
In his letter he points out, “I do not know who has appointed His Beatitude as Locume Tenens .”
He also points out that according to Article 23.1 of the Charter of the Church of Greece, in the case that a See of a Metropolis becomes Vacant, the president of the Standing Holy Synod names “Locum Tenens” one of the neighboring Metropolitans, until a new Metropolitan is elected for the See.
“But let me inform you that the Holy Archdiocese of Athens is not bordering the Metropolis of Glyfada,” Metropolitan Symeon said in his letter.