The Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church, at a meeting on February 11, 2021, decided to transfer the issue of the ordination of the GOC Deacon Irakli (Jinjolava) in the jurisdiction of the Church of Constantinople to its Synodal Commission. This is reported in Telegram, where the text of the decisions of the meeting of the Synod of the GOC was cited.
Deacon Irakli Jinjolava was ordained by the head of the Church of Constantinople on June 13, 2020 with the new name Ilia in honor of the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II. Later he became the leader of the Georgian community in Istanbul. As it turned out, this action was carried out without the consent of the Head of the GOC.
“The Synod heard a report by Metropolitan Gerasim of Zugdid and Tsaish (Sharashenidze) about the priest of the Great Britain and Irish Eparchy of the GOC, Archpriest Ilya Chigladze, who made repeated scandalous statements. Previously, reprimands were passed against the archpriest. It was decided to refer the issue to the Synodal Commission, which will listen to his ruling bishop Zenon (Dzharajuli). Also, the commission was referred to the question of the non-canonical consecration of the deacon of the Georgian Church Irakli (Jinjolava) in the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 2020, which was carried out without the consent of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia”, the Telegram channel informed.