His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia
Born in Rethymnon, Crete (29-12-1935), he studied at the Theological School of Halki, Constantinople. In late 1957, he was ordained to the Diaconate. Upon graduating and being ordained to the Priesthood in 1958, he received a scholarship from the Ecumenical Patriarchate to complete postgraduate studies in Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion in Bonn, W. Germany (1958-1966). In order to become a Doctor of Divinity from an Orthodox Theological Faculty, rather than from an analogous western Faculty, he submitted in 1965 his doctoral dissertation entitled ‘The Infallibility of the Church in Orthodox Theology’ [in Greek], to the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens.
Upon his return from Germany in 1966, he was appointed Abbot of the historic Patriarchal Monastery of Vlatades, Thessaloniki (14th cent.), within which he was requested by the Holy Synod of Constantinople to help establish, together with other scholars of the local Theological Faculty, what was to be called ‘The Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies’. He soon became the Vice-President of that research centre, a role had for a few months before becoming President. Upon completing his post-doctoral dissertation under the title ‘The Dogmatic Constitution De Ecclesia of the Second Vatican Council’ (Thessaloniki), he became Associate Professor at the University of Thessaloniki in 1969. In the years immediately following, he also lectured at various Faculties and academic institutions, within Greece and Abroad, especially at the University of Regensburg, W. Germany, in 1973. He was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of Constantinople as Titular Metropolitan of Militoupolis and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Mount Athos in 1970 (residing at the Monastery of Vlatades).
Five years later, he was again unanimously elected Archbishop of Australia, arriving in Sydney in April 1975. He has published widely in Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology in international theological journals, and has represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Assemblies of the World Council of Churches and in bilateral Dialogues. From 1975 he had also taught Orthodox theology and spirituality at the University of Sydney. He was unanimously elected in 1980 by all representatives of Orthodox Churches as their Chairman in the official Theological Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, while his Co-Chair, Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, was appointed by the Vatican. After serving faithfully for more than two decades in this highly responsible and difficult position, he tendered his third and final resignation (15th April 2003) – having attempted this twice before without acceptance – when he published an extensive Report, titled “The Misfortune of the Official Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholics” ([in Greek] Epistimoniki Epetirida of the Theological School, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, vol. 13, 2003).
He is also a recognized essayist and poet, having published 37 collections of poetry (all of these in Greek and some translated Bilingual editions). For his outstanding contribution to European culture, and after being nominated by the distinguished Philologist of the University of Vienna, Professor Albin Lesky, he received from the relevant Committee the prestigious international award Gottfried von Herder in Vienna, 1973. Then, in 1980, having been nominated by the renowned writer Pantelis Prevelakis, Archbishop Stylianos received the Award for Poetry from the Academy of Athens. The University of Lublin, Poland, conferred on him an honorary doctorate (1985), while the Sydney College of Divinity awarded him its first ever honorary doctorate (2001). In 2005, he was acknowledged as a Professor by an independent academic panel of the Sydney College of Divinity. Archbishop Stylianos is also Dean and Founder (in 1986) of St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney, where he continually lectures in Systematic Theology.
NEW YEAR 2013
On the occasion of the New Year, I wish to share with you certain simple thoughts, which, I feel, concern every human person regardless of one''s own presuppositions. We go through. a similar procedure and routine every twelve months: we close our accounts in relation to the past year and celebrate in advance the new year.
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2013 – 2015:
- January 2013:: NEW YEAR 2013 (37 KB)
- December 2012:: CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2012 (46 KB)
- September 2012: Dogmas and Symbols (44 KB)
- August 2012: The Great Paracletic Canon (39 KB)
- July 2012:: Those Brave In God (0 KB)
- June 2012: THE UNDIVIDED NATURE OF SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES (69 KB)
- September 2010: THE CROSS—THE ONLY CAUSE FOR BOASTING (55 KB)
- October 2009: THE ULTIMATE DOWNFALL
- September 2009: MR G. BABINIOTIS AND THE 'DIALOGUE' ON GREEK EDUCATION
- August 2009: THE IMMUNITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED MEDIA (B)
- July 2009: THE IMMUNITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED 'INFORMATION' MEDIA (A)
- June 2009: ERICA-IRENE A. DAES (the most heroic struggle in the heart of the United Nations)
- May 2009: A STRANGE 'EXHIBITION' AND 'AMBITION'
- March 2009: THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON
- February 2009: AT LAST!
- January 2009: 'CAROLS' AT THE 'CATHEDRAL'
- November 2008: AN 'UNKNOWN' HEROINE
- October 2008: THE SUBJECT OF 'RELIGION' IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF GREECE
- September 2008: HUMANITARIAN ASSOCIATION OF ATHENS
- August 2008: THE 'UNDERMINING' OF THE SYNODAL INSTITUTION—'MEANS' AND 'MANIPULATIONS' (D)
- July 2008: THE 'UNDERMINING' OF THE SYNODAL INSTITUTION—'MEANS' AND 'MANIPULATIONS' (C)
- June 2008: THE 'UNDERMINING' OF THE SYNODAL INSTITUTION—'MEANS' AND 'MANIPULATIONS' (B)
- May 2008: THE 'UNDERMINING' OF THE SYNODAL INSTITUTION (A)
- April 2008: THE PROPOSED 'COHABITATION LAW' IN GREECE ('Temptations' and 'Experimentations')
- March 2008: THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF 'PREACHING'
- February 2008: THE 10TH CLERGY-LAITY CONGRESS
- December 2007: " 'TIS THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH, THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR "
- November 2007: SOMETIMES "IT IS BETTER TO BE SILENT"
- October 2007: "TORMENTED MOTHERLAND, GREECE"!
- September 2007: THE 'CONTRADICTORY' FIRES OF GREECE
- August 2007: SOME THOUGHTS ON THE 15 DAYS IN AUGUST
- July 2007: 'CASINO'—THE MOST FORMIDABLE 'TERRORIST'
- June 2007: THE ABOLISHED 'UNIFORM'
- March 2007: THE DEMISE OF 'THE ONASSIS INTERNATIONAL PRIZES'
- February 2007: EVEN 'MULTICULTURALISM' IS INADEQUATE!
- January 2007: WHEN 'PLUSES' BECOME 'MINUSES' (Professor Joseph Ratzinger, as Pope Benedict XVI)
- December 2006: "What shall we offer to you, O Christ!" (Sticheron Hymn from the Vespers Service of Christmas)
- November 2006: FROM 'NARCISSISM' TO 'DEMON-AFFLICTION' (C)
- October 2006: Mitsotakis and Simitis—Victims of Chrysopigi
- October 2006: FROM 'NARCISSISM' TO 'DEMON-AFFLICTION' (B)
- September 2006: FROM 'NARCISSISM' TO 'DEMON-AFFLICTION' (A)
- August 2006: POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE NATIONAL WHOLE (B)
- July 2006: POLITICAL 'PARTIES' AND THE NATIONAL 'WHOLE' (A)
- June 2006: 'Falsifications' of the Faith
- May 2006: THE SO-CALLED 'CATHARSIS' OF THE CHURCH OF GREECE (C)
- February 2006: THE SO-CALLED 'CATHARSIS' IN THE CHURCH OF GREECE
- January 2006: 'RESTRUCTURING' OF 'SAE'—A MYTH
- December 2005: THE UNDIVIDED 'COMMON-WEALTH' OF THE APOSTLES
- November 2005: 'AUDACITY' AND 'HYPOCRISY'
- October 2005: THE TWO 'H' INITIALS: 'Hubris' (insult) and 'Hypakoe' (obedience)
- September 2005: THE 'PROS' AND 'CONS' OF AN INTERVIEW (B)
- August 2005: THE 'PROS' AND 'CONS' OF AN INTERVIEW (A)
- July 2005: THE THEOLOGICAL DIALOGUE
- June 2005: THE MYSTERY OF THE PERSON
- May 2005: FROM 'VULGARITY' TO COMPLETE 'CORRUPTION'
- April 2005: THE SABOTAGE OF GREEK ABROAD FROM WITHIN GREECE
- March 2005: FACTIONALISM AND FAVOURITISM IN THE CHURCH
- February 2005: THE EXTRAORDINARY NATIONAL CONFERENCE "WOMAN OF THE CHURCH"
- January 2005: DOUBLE HYPOCRISY?
- November 2004: THE 'SCHIZOPHRENIA' OF THE CLERGY
- October 2004: MISFORTUNE'S LESSONS
- September 2004: VANDALISM
- August 2004: CHURCH AND SPORT
- July 2004: SELF-SARCASM AND IRONY
- June 2004: THE SALVIFIC AND BINDING CHARACTER OF ORTHODOX WORSHIP
- May 2004: 'BOUNDARIES' and 'SIGNPOSTS'
- April 2004: THE INVISIBLE 'TERRORISM'
- March 2004: PLEASANT AND UNPLEASANT ASPECTS OF THE GREEK NATIONAL ELECTIONS
- February 2004: THE PUBLIC IMAGE
- January 2004: THE BENEVOLENCE OF TIME
- December 2003: FROM HYPOCRISY TO BLATANT MOCKERY
- November 2003: FANTASY AND REALITY (G)
- October 2003: FANTASY AND REALITY (F)
- September 2003: FANTASY AND REALITY (E)
- August 2003: FANTASY AND REALITY (D)
- July 2003: FANTASY AND REALITY (C)
- June 2003: FANTASY AND REALITY (B)
- May 2003: FANTASY AND REALITY (A)
- March 2003: THE CRY OF A MODERN-DAY LYSISTRATA
- February 2003: RESTRAINING FACTORS AND PROBLEMS
- January 2003: 'DIRECTION' AND 'RESPONSIBILITY'
- November 2002: A TRIPLE SYMBOLISM
- October 2002: THE DECEPTION OF THE GREEK PEOPLE CONTINUES!
- September 2002: SOLIDARITY WITHOUT BORDERS
- August 2002: A Two - Way Pathogeny
VOICE OF ORTHODOXY
THE GREEK 'SENSE OF HONOUR'
In our September article every year, the attention of our readers is normally drawn either to the great Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, or to the similarly great Feast of Indictus, i.e. the commencement of the Church year, established by the Byzantine rubric, and celebrated by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in all its traditional splendour.
Both these pivotal Feasts of our Orthodox Worship have an apparent Greek flavour. However, this type of 'Greekness' has nothing to do with the narrow mindedness and blindness of 'racial' or 'nationalistic' distinctions, which have unfortunately appeared and become increasingly multiplied among the Orthodox over the past 100 years, despite the fact that the Great Synod of 1872 in Constantinople condemned racism as a fatal heresy.
The type of Greekness, then, that exemplifies both the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and the Byzantine New Year of Indictus, as having the aroma of 'eternity' and 'ecumenicity', is above all a 'question of light': a crystalline dimension of culture, a liberation from every kind of 'slavery'. (read full article)
2013 – 2015:
- September – December 2009:THE GREEK 'SENSE OF HONOUR'
- July – September 2009: THE 'INSTRUCTORS' AND THE 'FATHER'
- April – June 2009: GREEKS WHO DO NOT WANT TO 'MATURE'
- January – March 2009: 'UN-FORESEEN' AND 'PRE-DESTINED'
- August 2008: THE 'SANCTITY' OF DAILY LIFE
- July 2008: DOUBTFUL SYMBOLS (B)
- June 2008: DOUBTFUL SYMBOLS (A)
- May 2008: THE 'KING' AND THE 'BRIDEGROOM'
- March 2008: FREEDOM—THE HIGHEST GOOD
- November 2007: WHAT IS 'COMMON' AND 'DISTINCT' IN THE 'COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT'
- October 2007: THE 'BOLDNESS' OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
- September 2007: THE 'PRIMACY' OF BRAVERY
- August 2007: 'PAPISM'—THE INSURMOUNTABLE OBSTACLE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY (B)
- July 2007: 'PAPISM'—THE INSURMOUNTABLE OBSTACLE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY (A)
- June 2007: THE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE 'SUPPLEMENT' (in matters of the Faith)
- April 2007: GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY AND THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS
- March 2007: MANLY DEEDS OF VALOUR
- January – February 2007: THE DEADLIEST FORM OF 'ACROBATICS'
- November 2006: THE SIMULTANEOUS 'NOBILITY' AND 'BASENESS' OF THE MEANS OF GRACE
- October 2006: CO-WORKERS WITH GOD (D)
- September 2006: CO-WORKERS WITH GOD (C)
- August 2006: CO-WORKERS WITH GOD (B)
- July 2006: CO-WORKERS WITH GOD (A)
- May 2006: THEOLOGY AND POPULAR PIETY
- January 2006: TWO KINDS OF CIRCUMCISION
- November 2005: THE UNDIVIDED 'COMMONWEALTH' OF THE APOSTLES
- October 2005: THE DIVINE LITURGY OF ST IAKOVOS, THE BROTHER OF OUR LORD
- September 2005: KISSING THE HAND
- August 2005: CHRIST AND HERACLITUS
- July 2005: KOLLYVA
- June 2005: "TO HIS OWN TOWN" (Matt. 9:1-8)
- May 2005: THE 'JUDGEMENTS' OF GOD
- September 2004: THE DOMINANCE OF LAZINESS
- March 2004: THE INCREDIBLY PHILANTHROPIC PEDAGOGY OF CHRIST
- October 2003: THE CARES OF THIS LIFE
- May 2003: 'VIRTUE' IN CHRIST—A GIFT AND AN OBLIGATION
- November 2002: THOSE BRAVE IN GOD
- September 2002: THE FORTHRIGHT QUALITY OF THE SAINTS
- January – February 2002: "FOR THOSE WHO BEAR FRUIT AND NURTURE THE SOIL…"
- October 2001: A DOUBLE ORPHANHOOD
- January – February 2001: ANGEL OF SATAN
- March 2000: SLAVES AND THE LIBERATED
- January – February 2000: A TRIPLE STRADDLE
- November 1999: FISHERS OF MEN
- October 1999: 'BEING' AND 'NON-BEING' IN CHRIST
- August 1999: HOW WE EVALUATE THE DEAD—THE PERSON AND THEIR WORK (In memory of the late friend and coworker Spyros Psomas)
- May 1999: THE TWO PRE-EMINENT CONFESSORS
- March 1999: THE SALUTATIONS TO THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
- January – February 1999: THE "PARTIAL" AND THE WHOLE
- November 1998: THE THEOLOGIAN IN MODERN SOCIETY (Phronema and behaviour)
- July 1998: UNPRECEDENTED MUTUALITY
- April 1998: PRAYER AND FASTING
- March 1998: THE VARIATION IN PROFESSIONS
- March 1998: THE GIFT OF LEADERSHIP
- September 1994: PARAMETERS OF THE MIRACLE
- May 1994: THE "LAMB" AND "BRIDEGROOM"
- November 1993: AN UNRIVALLED CRIME
- September 1993: RESPONSIBILITY IN JOURNALISM
- January – February 1992: SATURDAY, THE DAY OF SOULS