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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

26 July 2011. GOAA Camp Allows Ray Velencia to Hear Kid’s Confessions… WHAT GIVES?

On the left: Dimitrios Trakatellis… on the right: Ray Velencia (or, is it, on the left: Mel Pleska, on the right: Jonas Paffhausen?)… any questions?


The following information came from a reliable third-party source. Kristi Koumentakos did NOT contact me in any way, shape, or form. I did NOT contact her (knowing full well about the confidential settlement she made with the OCA… don’t forget what the OCA said, “We admit no guilt”… whenever you hear that, kids, you KNOW that utter BS is on the way).  A honest and reliable third-party source gave me the information, and I’d go to court with that, so, Fathausen… HANDS OFF!

Ray Velencia is on the clergy list for the GOAA CYC camp being held this week in Maryland. He’s being allowed to serve in the GOAA with his pals such as Fr Dean Moralis, how can he do this if he hasn’t been released by the OCA? I received information that the GOAA communicated to Velencia that even if the OCA released him, they wouldn’t take him. It’s “put up or shut up” time for Mel Pleska… at least, say something! Don’t just sit there with your finger shoved up your bum for the whole world to see. You can speak up, sir… indeed, you MUST. Ray Velencia broke the seal of pastoral confidentiality… a legal wrong as well as a spiritual sin. That’s why the OCA had to put it to bed with a “confidential settlement”. Is the GOAA smokin’ crack? I don’t think so… you usually have to get up VERY early to fool Dimitrios Trakatellis. Vladyki Dimitrios can put this right by banning Velencia from the camp. In any case, no Greek would want to have such a sort around their kids… where are the Mandropoulos brothers when you need them? “You want I keel you?” That’s the ticket for Velencia.



Saturday, 31 May 2008

Archbishop Demetrios of the GOA (EP) Concludes His Visit to Moscow

Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis (1928- ), First Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (EP)


On Wednesday, 28 May, Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis of America (EP) and his official delegation concluded their official visit to the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) by visiting two of the most famous monasteries in Moscow. The evening before their departure, the archbishop and his staff were received by Mayor Yuri Luzhkov of Moscow, who has served in the post since his appointment in June 1992. The state reception was at the mayor’s official residence, a 200-year-old building located just a short walk from the Kremlin. Vice Mayor Valery Vinogradov welcomed Archbishop Demetrios and introduced him and his entourage to the mayor. Then, Mayor Luzhkov, accompanied by his staff and journalists, led his guests to the ceremonial hall for the formal welcome, refreshments, and a discussion. It is worth noting that the hall is dominated by a huge icon of St George the all-Victorious (the patron saint of Moscow) and examples of Classical Greek sculpture. In the dialogue that followed, both the mayor and the archbishop commented on the importance of the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a project in which the mayor was deeply involved. Mayor Luzhkov gave Archbishop Demetrios the gift of a commemorative crystal bowl with the likeness of the Cathedral, and the archbishop reciprocated with a gift of a commemorative sliver plate from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (EP).

The following day, before they departed Moscow, the archbishop and his assistants were received at the Danilovsky and Donskoy Monasteries, two of the most important in Moscow. The Danilovsky Monastir, or St Daniel Monastery, is the oldest monastic house in Moscow. The archbishop was met there by its superior, Archimandrite Aleksei, and he was given a tour of the monastery complex (the headquarters of the MP: editor’s note). After the visit, the delegation went to the Donskoy Monastery, which houses the relics of Patriarch St Tikhon of Moscow the New Martyr, who was the Orthodox primate of North America in the early 1900s. The archbishop, and those with him, accompanied by clergy of the MP, was greeted by Bishop Aleksandr of Mitrof (?) and the Abbot of the monastery, and members of the brotherhood. Archbishop Demetrios was given a gift of flowers. The archbishop was escorted into the main church, where a molieben of thanksgiving was served before the relics of St Tikhon of Moscow. Following the service, the archbishop was given a tour of the famous Donskoy Monastery Cemetery, which includes the tombs of 19th century Pontian Greeks. He was also shown the surviving marble high reliefs from the original Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was dynamited by the communists under the orders of Kaganovich in 1931. After the tour of the monastery was over, the archbishop was accompanied to the airport by Bishop Aleksandr and representatives of the MP.

29 May 2008

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Editor’s Note:

I shall content myself with saying that the upcoming Archpastoral Council of the MP, to be held in June, has the keynote theme of “unity”. Hmm…


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