On Wednesday morning, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem spoke at Bethel Lutheran Church in Omaha NE on topics ranging from the current conflict in Gaza to working together. Patriarch Theophilos Giannopoulos used an interpreter for much of his talk and the question and answer portion of the programme, held at South 45th Street and Poppleton Avenue. He described for the audience the current situation between Israel and Hamas and other things going on in the region. His host for the day, Pastor Nathan Houfek, said it’s important to hear different perspectives on important issues, noting, “Too much of what we hear is filtered through a media that’s coloured by our political ties”. Local Greek families prepared lunch, which featured food that they felt would make the archbishop feel at home.
28 November 2012
6 News WOWT
Click on the link above; there’s a 50-second video of the Patriarch’s visit.
Again, there was no note on oca.org of Patriarch Theophilos’ visit to the USA. There are three possibilities:
- Syosset is incompetent and clueless (the Tosi hypothesis)
- Syosset doesn’t give a rat’s ass (the Lyonyo hypothesis)
- Syosset is out of the loop (the SVS hypothesis)
Actually, it’s probably a mixture of all three, with it being more skewed to Hutsky-Klutsky rather than conspiratorial. Mollard could’ve met with Theophilos, or, at least, posted a message of good will on oca.org. “We welcome the visit of Patriarch Theophilos of the Holy City of Jerusalem to the USA. We hope that he finds his stay here congenial. We’d like to inform him that he’s always welcome at the Chancery in Syosset, and that he’d meet with a hospitable and Christian reception if he came to visit us. Mnogaya lyeta!” Nope… NOTHING. If that doesn’t tell you that it’s business as usual in Syosset and SVS, well, nothing will. This is abominable…