Re. Reply No. 8, Thanks for this information, Fr. George, it's very good to know, his health permitting, that he could possibly publish the works you noted.
His Eminence also has knowledge of Orthodox liturgical languages, he typically would include a little Church Slavonic in celebrating the Divine Services. (I'm recalling as I write this, the last Blessing of the Five Loaves Service (Artoclasia) he conducted at my parish, he intoned the petitions successively in Greek, English, Church Slavonic, and Romanian--I recall chanting the response, "Lord have mercy," (3) in a celebrative tone in Slavonic and my priest raised his eye brows at me because His Eminence was chanting in Romanian).
Re. Reply No. 6, Scarmandius, I don't feel it's appropriate to speculate about his successor at this time, within this "oc.net" topic, though we could do so sometime in the future, before the Eparchial Synod meets. But in a general reply to your inquiries, the GOAA nomination process for the ruling metropolitans, per the Constitutional Charter, is generated from among a list of eligible clergy, which is updated at each meeting of the Eparchial Synod, and forwarded to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for approval. The Archdiocesan Council will submit its nominations from the eligible list, to the Synod, but their opinion is consultative. In the past 40 years since I've been an observer, none of the diocesan (or metropolis) hierarchs have come directly from abroad, except for primates, Archbishop Spyridon, and that was an exceptional case, in that he was American born and spent some of his formative years growing up in the U.S., and Archbishop Demetrios who had priestly experience in America and for over a decade had taught at Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA., (along with a few stints at Harvard). I can't recall seeing the eligible list published lately, but my recollection is that there were no clergy on the list who didn't have tenure in the American Archdiocese and the Charter specifies that eligible candidates for metropolitan must have at least 5 consecutive years experience in the Holy Archdiocese of America. The last two metropolitans elected had been deacons to Archbishop Iakovos, of Blessed Memory, one who was American born, the other had been born in Greece; the ecclesial experience of both was American.