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The Lonely Path of Integrity Paperback – April 1, 2002

by Justine Frangouli-Argyris (Author)


The best-selling book is now available in English. Find out the real truth behind Archbishop Spyridon's removal from power and the machinations surrounding the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

The title is the authorized biography of the former Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, Spyridon.

It is a critical account of the turbulent tenure of a hierarch who rose to the church's highest rank and was subsequently deposed once it became evident that he did not serve the dubious interests of the Mother Church in Constantinople.

Power games, political expediencies, personal ambitions, and, of course, financial interests made up the web of intrigue spun by those who fomented his removal from office.

When he withdrew from the scene in August of 1999, he forever left behind an Archdiocese whose decline he had attempted to reverse...

About the Author

Justine Frangouli-Argyris is the authority on matters pertaining to the Greek Orthodox Church in America. In her role as correspondent for the Athens News Agency and for the daily Athenian newspapers Eleftherotypia and Ethnos, she closely followed the developments during Spyridon's tenure.

She has sifted through thousands of official documents, letters and reports and has had complete access to Spyridon's personal archives, all in the effort to bring to light the unknown details behind the machinations in the Greek Orthodox Church.

Product Details

Publisher:‎ Exandas Pub SA (April 1, 2002)
Language:‎ English
Paperback: 359 pages
ISBN-10: 9602564911
ISBN-13:‎ 978-9602564912
Item Weight:‎ 1.08 pounds
Dimensions:‎ 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
Customer Reviews: 3.8 $

Top Reviews from the United States


The Lonely Path to Integrity

Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2010

This is an awesome book! For anyone who grew up in the Greek Archdiocese you need to buy a copy of this book and read it. For those who went through this era with the Archbishop you owe it to yourselves to at least get his side of the story.

I was on active duty in the Air Force and overseas when the Archbishop held his position so I never went through the turbulence that the book addresses and my relatives relate to me. I have been around and ordained for a while now and knowing that most of the people in the book are still around it gave me a unique perspective on people, places, and things.

Eis polla eti Despota!

Dn. Panagiotis Hanley

Peter Shiftouri

Power and Politics in Greek Orthodoxy

Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2008

The Lonely Path of Integrity should be required reading for anyone interested in a career in church administration or for clerics pursuing high office or with active parishes.

A gifted linguist and defender of Othodoxy in Europe, Spyridon defended the church in Italy, expanded the parishes and was an active church diplomat trying to check Uniatism, the Roman Catholic Church's expansion in Eastern Europe. Ready for a more difficult assignment he was sent to America by the Ecumenical Patriarch who was displeased with America's beloved Iakovos and his stand on an autocephalic church of America.

As an insurance policy Bartholomew promised the American hierarchs elevation to Metropolitans so they would be beholden to him and to check the power of any new Archbishop. Once there Spyridon assailed the Iakovos establishment at Holy Cross, at the level of the Bishops and at the Archdiocean council. In return he was assailed back.

The Ecumenical Patriarch achieved his aim of bringing the church of America post Iakovos in a normalized form but at high expense brilliantly chronicalled in Pawns in a Game of Chess.

The relationship between Spyridon and the Archdiocean Council the brilliant men of money and power became untenable and Spyridon was short circuited. The real question becomes was this the Patriarch's intention to begin with by creating a transitory Archibishop, if it was he is more brilliant for it. The other question is is autocephalism right for America. The final question is what ever became of Christ's commandment to love one another during the 1996-1999 time frame in the church.

An engrossing and absorbing biography which is compulsively readable.


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