This is another chapter in the continuing story (see previous here) of the Greek Church's claims on all of Asia. Met. Nektarios of Hong Kong is claiming Southeast Asia as his exclusive territory and now Met. Konstantinos of Singapore has done the same with South Asia. To that end Met. Nektarios has in recent months not only spoken harshly of parishes from other Patriarchates that have been operating in the area for quite a long time, but has begun excommunicating people involved in founding more of these non-Greek parishes.
The existence of parishes from Antioch, Russia, and even the OCA before these hierarchs were even enthroned combined with a Chambésy process that sees things quite differently makes this latest story equal parts lamentable and confusing. Below is Met. Konstantinos' latest letter expressing outrage that Patriarch Irinej of Serbia chose to visit a parish in the "diaspora."
(OMSGSA) - Much to their surprise, the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia were informed via the official website of the Orthodox Church of Serbia about the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch of Serbia Irinej to Indonesia and his participation in an Interfaith Conference, organized by the Government of the aforementioned Asian country.
The surprise turned into great aggravation as the Church of Serbia never informed the local canonical Orthodox Metropolitan about the visit of the Patriarch.
And the aggravation turned into indignation as on the second day of his stay in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Patriarch Irinej visited a place which belongs to the schismatic conventicle of the defrocked clergy Daniel Byantoro and presided over the service of Vespers, which was celebrated by schismatics.
The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia expresses their resentment over the non canonical actions of Patriarch Irinej, who disdained the canonical Orthodox Metropolitan and the canonical Orthodox Clergy who serve in Indonesia. The Orthodox Metropolitanate boldly declares that they expect more earnestness, prudence and fidelity to the Holy Canons from a Primate of an Autochephalus Orthodox Church.