Here’s the man himself talking about his reasons for resigning.
Was it actually just one man sticking to his principles, or is it a case of there being more to it? When he talks about “extraordinary, grown-up and respectful conversations”, is he being totally transparent or choosing his words carefully?
Aber mit der Heimat
geht man immer herum,
durch die Welt,
dort und dort
No one could describe
the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,
He consented to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and image.
Kontakion of the Triumph of Orthodoxy