It should not be a church dividing issue.
Very good point, which brings us to the question: why did the New Calendarists insist on unilateral reform in spite of the schism it was causing within its own ranks? Clearly having an accurate calendar was more important to the New Calendarists than the unity of the Church.
I agree. In the biographical book on St. Nectarios that I had previously cited, Sotos Chondropoulos, the author, mentioned that AB Meletios and his friends in the Greek hierarchy wanted to bring the Orthodox Church into the 20th century and did not want it to appear so backwards especially to those in the West. Thus, he not only encouraged priests to shave their beards, and wear Roman Catholic clerical garbs, but also highly praised the Gregorian Calendar
. St. Nectarios, who was serving as Dean, met opposition from his fellow faculty members and from the hierarchy when he encouraged his seminarians to grow beards and wear the priestly frock or raissa.
In other words, just like many Americanized Greeks who wanted to adopt American ways over Greek traditions, AB Meletios was embarassed for the backwardness of the Greeks, and wanted to bring them into the 20th century, even if that meant embracing anathemas by doing away with the Old Calendar.
Interestingly, St. Nicholas Planas lived in Athens and was able to meet with St. Nectarios there. Both men valued the Old Calendar as that was the only calendar used until 1924.
Once again, I will provide the reference to save your fingers.Saint Nectarios: the Saint of our Century
, by Sotos Chondropolos, translated by Peter and Aliki Los, Athens, 1997.