Athinorama - March 2001
The Lonely Path of Integrity
The tenure of Spyridon, former Archbishop of America, short
in length yet stormy in events and developments, has provided the material
for a book which will rub salt into wounds both among members of the Greek-American
community and prominent figures of the Orthodox Church.
The author traces the career of a church leader from his childhood, painting
a portrait of a man who rose to the high rank of Primate of the Greek Orthodox
Church of America after many struggles and a long ministry in the Church,
only to be ousted after three years.
The book resembles a journalistic research more than a biography. It sheds
light on the behind-the-scenes undermining of Spyridon, on his relations with
the Patriarchate, with the Greek State, with the clergy in America, with influential
figures in the Greek-American community and, finally, on the intertwined interests
which led to his ousting, in 1999. It contains a wealth of original documents,
articles and archival material, as well as three photographical sections.
Exandas Publishers, 346 pp.
[Translated from Greek]