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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Rebellious Grandstander Reardon Deserves Deposition for Dragging Metropolitan Joseph in the Mud

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“ONLY SAYEDNA JOSEPH HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE POLICY”… one of my Toledo contacts told me that. That’s what is and Reardon just pissed on that in public. This Anglo shit deserves deposition… IMMEDIATELY. Such insubordination is breathtaking. ONLY HIERARCHS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH POLICY DECISIONS.

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Here’s the epitome of konvertsy hubris. Reardon shouts that he won’t sign marriage licences. I’ll have more to say later. Look at this from the Chicago Tribune:

The Rev Patrick Henry Reardon is getting out of the civil marriage business. The Orthodox Christian priest on Chicago’s North Side says the US Supreme Court ruling that legalises same-sex matrimony reinforces his recent decision to no longer sign licenses that make marriages valid in the eyes of the state and now the nation. That doesn’t mean Reardon won’t do weddings. On the contrary, he gladly will bless the union of a Christian man and woman and perform the sacrament of marriage. However, those couples must go to a courthouse if they want to be legally bound. He says he can no longer in good conscience serve as an agent of the state. Reardon, the pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago’s Irving Park community, said, “The strange situation in the United States is clergymen not only act in the name of the church, they also act in the name of the state. The clergymen wear two hats. I’m making a political statement in this sense: I’m accusing the state of usurping the role of God. What I’m saying is, ‘I don’t agree with you and I’m going to change the way I do things. I will not act in your name. … I will not render unto Caesar that which belongs to God'”.

The unusual protest inspired other Christian clergy… Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant… to consider following his lead, a shift Reardon hopes will lead the nation to a different model of marriage, one that no longer deputises clergy to sign marriage licenses and, in his opinion, effectively uphold the state’s definition of marriage. In Illinois, couples typically go to the county clerk to apply for a marriage license no more than 60 days before they wed. Whoever officiates at the ceremony signs the license as a witness. The county then records the marriage. The couple also has the option of exchanging vows in front of a judge. That’s the only option now for Reardon’s parishioners if they want to be married in the eyes of the law.

Archbishop Blase Cupich, Chicago’s Roman Catholic leader, said in a recent interview that the idea hasn’t come up among America’s Catholic bishops or Chicago priests, but he pointed out that a “two-tiered type of marriage” already exists in some places, including Europe. Regardless of who signs the license, he added, there’s already a clear distinction between the two in the USA, “Civil marriage doesn’t make people promise and keep the promise of permanence because of the ease of divorce. We ask people to be married until death do you part and we really mean that. … It’s important to recognize we already have a difference between civil marriage and church marriage because of the promises”. Indeed, the government’s view of marriage as a legally binding contract already contradicts the Orthodox Christian understanding of marriage as a sacrament…blessing a union that already existed because God created it. Therein lies the problem, Reardon said, “Government has no authority whatsoever to alter that. Whence a judge, magistrate or a justice of the peace does the ceremony, that’s just a legal act. As a priest I will no longer step in and serve in that function”.

Reardon was born Roman Catholic and converted to the Episcopal faith, embracing Orthodox Christianity in the 1980s when Episcopalians began to change their prayer-book and ordain gay clergy. He chose the Antiochian Orthodox Church because it was particularly open to converts {no, he did not… Reardon lies… he entered via the OCA, and left for Antioch because the OCA (rightfully) wouldn’t ordain him: editor}. In fact, three-fourths of the members of his multiethnic congregation in Irving Park are American-born. That’s not necessarily the case in the roughly two-dozen ethnic Orthodox churches where many parishioners have immigrated to the USA from countries with a particular Orthodox patriarch. However, the theology of marriage is the same in all branches. It’s considered to be much more than a partnership. Rev Johannes Jacobse, president of the American Orthodox Institute {an empty konvertsy Potemkin Village: editor}, said, “We see the sacramental as the completion of the natural,” said Jacobse, also an Antiochian Orthodox priest. “We see marriage as a means of salvation, as a way one achieves salvation. It’s not just a contract or agreement. It certainly is that. But it’s more”.

Clergy on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate support Reardon’s boycott, although based on a slightly different rationale. The Rev Tony Jones, an evangelical author and proponent of same-sex marriage, advocated a separation of religious and civil marriage since 2010. Jones, who teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena CA, said, “This social change happened a lot faster than anybody predicted. When I declared that I’d no longer sign marriage licences and encouraged other clergy to do the same, it was an attempt to actually buy the church some freedom to say we can sacralise a same-sex union and we don’t need the state to legalise it. The other reason I did it was on behalf of people like Fr Reardon. I thought it’d buy conservatives some time and some latitude and they could say the government can do whatever the government wants to do regarding marriage and weddings. But in our church we’re going to have a different standard”. He said most clergy members he surveyed agree in principle that they shouldn’t serve as arms of the government, but signing that certificate has become so much a part of the American marriage ritual that it’s difficult for them to see an alternative.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, said he doesn’t foresee such a boycott in Chicago. He even questioned whether it’s legal, “I can’t imagine any of our priests doing that. It hasn’t happened yet and I don’t anticipate it happening to make a political statement”. Jacobse said Reardon is the first Orthodox priest to take such a strong a political stand. However, the recent Supreme Court ruling sparked a discussion among other brethren, he said, “It was a bold move on Fr Patrick’s part. A lot of priests are wondering and asking the same thing. To remove all conflict between the church and the state is to go the path that Fr Reardon has chosen to go on. I anticipate more priests are going to go that way”. Reardon emphasises that he doesn’t discourage couples from seeking licenses and legitimacy in the eyes of the law. However, having that certificate will no longer be a condition of getting married at All Saints. He said, “If you want the tax advantages of marriage recognised by the state, you’re going to have to do something else about it, like go down to a justice of the peace. If you don’t want that, that’s perfectly OK. I’m not going to require that at this parish”.

2 July 2015

Manya Brachear Pashman

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-orthodox-priest-refuses-marriage-licenses-met-20150702-story.html#page=1

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This is breathtaking in its arrogance, ignorance, and outright contempt of Church Order. If Reardon was to do this, he had the OBLIGATION to produce a signed and sealed ukase from Vladyki Joseph authorising him to do this. HE DID NOT. This shitty OINO (Orthodox In Name Only) just went off on his own nickel, without a blessing or authorisation from his bishop. He merits immediate and irrevocable deposition for this. NO PRIEST DOES SUCH DISOBEDIENT SHIT. Jacobses merits immediate deposition for supporting Reardon. The Orthodox Church is a hierarchical Church. Our bishops, for good or for ill, set the general policy, not semi-converted, prideful, and hubristical priests. As a parish rector, Reardon had an obligation to have set his misgivings down in writing and have sent them to his ruling bishop. He would do or say nothing until he heard from his bishop. If his bishop said, “I think that you should continue to sign marriage licences”, if Reardon didn’t like that, he could take it up to the AOCANA SOBs. The Synod would have the FINAL say on the matter. If Reardon didn’t like the ruling, well, he could resign as rector of the parish.

Reardon did NOT do this in the accepted and normal Orthodox way. It’s time for Metropolitan Joseph to slap down the konvertsy brats. This disobedient bastard deserves IMMEDIATE deposition from the priesthood. No priest goes off on their own in such matters. THIS IS BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY CHURCH (Reardon set up his own narcissistic idiosyncratic opinion against the wisdom of the Church, and did so publicly). God willing, Metropolitan Joseph will discipline this worthless excuse for a priest soon. Otherwise, the Church is in for “interesting times”…

BMD

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Paul Gassios Named New Orthodox Leader in Chicago and the Midwest

00 Gassios OCA bishop Chicago Midwest 01. 30.12.14

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During a three-hour service rich in ceremony and symbolism, the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) consecrated a new bishop of Chicago and the Midwest to replace a predecessor who left in 2013 after accusations of sexual misconduct. The new bishop, Paul Gassios, 61, a Detroit native, will serve his first liturgy Sunday at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, 1121 N Leavitt St., said Fr John Adamcio, dean of the cathedral. On Saturday, OCA leaders from across the nation and Canada participated in the consecration at Holy Trinity, led by Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard, the OCA First Hierarch based in New York. During the service, at a confession of faith, Bishop Paul said, “I promise to preserve the peace of the church, and firmly to hold and to teach with zeal the people entrusted to me”.

Bishop Paul fills the void left by Bishop Matthias Moriak, who retired after less than two years in the position at the request of the national church. The OCA placed him on administrative leave in August 2012, at which time he said he was accused of “unwelcome written and spoken comments to a woman that she regarded as an inappropriate crossing of personal boundaries”. Later, he blamed clergy for plotting his ouster in reaction to edicts he issued shortly after his arrival, which included limiting the role of women in worship and barring evening liturgies on Feast Days.

In 1794, Russian missionaries founded the precursor of the OCA in Alaska, but today it’s autonomous from other branches, including the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Adamcio said that the OCA claims about 20,000 to 30,000 members in the USA, including up to 2,500 in northern Illinois {this is an undercount: editor}, noting , “We believe the Orthodox Church to be the oldest manifestation of Christianity”.

On Saturday, about 250 people witnessed the consecration during a service designed to entice the senses, with the smell of incense thick within a sanctuary filled with colourful images of Christ and the saints. Congregants stood beneath a dome and above in a balcony, as the priests conducted ornate rites in vestments and mitres that represent their position within church hierarchy. Wreaths and candles reflected the Christmas holiday, and a chime sounded after every stanza of the proclamation of faith, or Nicene Creed, which begins, “We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible”. Later, explaining that the services are intended to leave an impression, Adamcio said, “The Orthodox Church worships with all of the senses. We feel God is beauty. We try to give God the beauty to transport us to a place closer to God, and farther away from the world”.

Bishop Paul, who served as administrator for the Midwest diocese, was nominated as bishop in October. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1994, and formerly served at churches in Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri before relocating to Chicago.

27 December 2014

Lisa Black

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-orthodox-bishop-consecrated-met-20141227-story.html

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00 Gassios OCA bishop Chicago Midwest 02. 30.12.14

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Today, Fr Paul Gassios, the former archpriest of St George Orthodox Cathedral in Rossford OH, will become bishop of the OCA Diocese of the Midwest in ceremonies that take place in Chicago. As bishop, he’ll oversee a diocese covering 11 states with 81 parishes. For Bishop-elect Paul, 61, the promotion in the church hierarchy follows other titles that have been bestowed on the man. He became an Igumen, or monk, in October, and he was promoted to Archimandrite, the step below bishop, when he became bishop-elect of the Diocese of the Midwest in August.

His demeanour suggests a man who will remain a humble priest. He said, “I think the paradox of the Christian life is that we come to be strong as Christians only through the paradox of acknowledging our weakness. It was hard for me to leave [Rossford], because I really grew to love the people of St George. I really love what the parish had become, [with] many cultural backgrounds united under one faith. We became an Orthodox Church in America, with Bulgarians, Macedonians, Russians, Romanians, and converts from other faiths. I came to love and appreciate the love and diversity of the people there”.

The bishop-elect’s schedule for the weekend includes a Vespers at 18.00 today at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago. On Saturday, the Consecration Divine Liturgy will start at 09.00 at the cathedral, with the Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of all America and Canada (sic), as the primary celebrant. A banquet will follow at Chicago’s Ukrainian Cultural Center. The first liturgy served by the the new Bishop Paul will take place at 09.30 on Sunday.

The Bishop Alexander Golitzin of Toledo was the acting bishop for the Midwest before Father Paul’s consecration. He said, “I was the chief ‘lobbyist’ for Fr Paul to be bishop. I knew he’d been a candidate both for my diocese and for before. I had the opportunity to watch him for two years… as it were, to take his measure… and I was impressed by his fundamental decency and humility and also by a genuine pastoral touch. I knew something of his background. He was a social worker in Detroit before he went to seminary, and he worked especially with broken children. I thought with all the horrors of the past 20 or 30 years regarding clerical abuse, this was a hopeful thing to have for someone in that position. I’m also doubly pleased in that now I’m free” (in being responsible for the diocese).

The men, who worked together at St George, will be colleagues, but their dioceses have different characters. Bishop Alexander is bishop of the ethnic Bulgarian Diocese of Toledo and became its bishop in 2012. Fr Paul said the Midwest Diocese is a geographic region, whilst Bishop Alexander’s Bulgarian Diocese is ethnic and covers all the USA and Canada. There is also an ethnic diocese for Romanians. Fr Paul said that serving at St George “helped to better prepare me for becoming a bishop. Because I was in an ethnic diocese and not a territorial diocese, it was good for me to learn that” difference in approach.

Bishop Alexander said he didn’t think Fr Paul would need his advice on leading the diocese, saying, “I think he knows well enough to keep his ears open and his mouth shut at least the first year or so”. Fr Paul noted, “Before I can plan anything, I first have to listen and learn. You need to talk two years from now to learn what my plan would be”. At St George, the new priest is Fr Nicholas Hubbard, “Fr Nick,” who has already begun his ministry there. Bishop Alexander said, “[Fr Nick] has energy, imagination. The parish is very good, but it’s small and it needs to grow in order simply to meet the bills. … I think we have an able young man, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he flowers”.

The OCA is one of 13 Eastern Orthodox churches and had about 85,000 adherents in 2011. The Midwest Diocese has parishes in 11 states, of which Ohio has the most, with 21. In addition to St George Cathedral, the diocese includes Holy Assumption Church in Marblehead OH and St Stephen the First Martyr Mission in Lima OH.

Fr Paul was born in Detroit, on 6 April 1953, and was baptised with the name Apostolos, in honour of the holy Apostle Paul, at Detroit’s Ss Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. He graduated from Detroit’s Cooley High School and Wayne State University, where he majored in history and psychology. He received a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State in 1980. In the mid-1980s, Bishop-elect Paul became a member of Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia MI, an OCA parish. He began theological studies in September 1991, at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers NY, from which he received his master of divinity degree in 1994, and was ordained the same year. His assignments before St George Cathedral in Rossford included priest-in-charge of St Thomas the Apostle Church, Kokomo IN, residence at St Gregory Palamas Monastery, Hayesville OH, and rector of Archangel Michael Church, St Louis MO, and at the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Desloge MO. On 20 October, he was tonsured to monastic rank with the name Paul, in honour of St Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople.

26 December 2014

T K Barger

Toledo (OH) Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2014/12/26/Local-priest-becomes-bishop-this-weekend.html

Editor:

A local source sent me this:

Interesting comparisons to Moriak’s consecration in 2011… the banquet after Moriak’s consecration was held at a fancy restaurant taken over for the afternoon, tickets were 75 bucks. Today’s banquet today was at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, close to Holy Trinity Cathedral (run by the Ukie “Catholics”), cost 50 bucks/person, which is about standard for what a Chicago wedding reception costs, on the reasonable end.Moriak was consecrated at Christ the Saviour Church, right next to the Midwest Diocese’s office. Much larger altar area than Holy Trinity Cathedral (which was not built as a cathedral). Pics at the time showed the church was packed and held more people than the Cathedral ever could. Gassios was consecrated at Holy Trinity (which has a dinky altar area). From the looks of it, much fewer people were in attendance than at Moriak’s consecration. From what I’ve heard from Gassios himself (speaking at parishes) and seen of his writing, he’s a modest fellow (he calls himself a “dumpy little Greek”), although quite jolly. He’s not likely to cause many waves.

Let’s be blunt. All the konvertsy nutters showed up for Moriak’s investiture, whilst none of them showed up for Gassios’. It’s quite that simple. Gassios is reaching out to the REAL Orthodox… not to the konvertsy poseurs. I wish him well. The konvertsy love lionising questionable figures… Podmo, Royster, Paffso, Storheim, Moriak… and, for them, Seraphim Rose is close unto GOD. Yes, he’s being investigated by the MP for canonisation, but a Centre contact told me that it’s on the very rear burner, and “He won’t be glorified until the Platina monastery returns to the ROCOR”. Other grounded sources in the ROCOR and OCA repeated this to me, almost verbatim… IF he’s canonised, it won’t be until some considerable time passes, and the present brouhaha between the USA and Russia doesn’t help his chances one bit.

Ura! For Gassios… sanity DOES reign. The diocese needs peace and healing… it looks like its going to get that.

BMD

Saturday, 25 October 2014

25 October 2014. Why is Moriak Gallivanting Around His Former Diocese?

00 a whisper in the loggia. 08.12

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I got this from a Well-Placed Source:

Since his retirement and departure from Chicago, Matthias Moriak, the former bishop, has made number of appearances in the Midwest Diocese. In early summer, he presided at a Divine Liturgy in a Chicago Deanery parish, also being present for the wedding of a St Tikhon Seminary graduate. He spent time helping his good friend Fr Andrew Bartek to pack up from one deanery parish and move to another. Most recently, Fr John Adamcio, the Holy Trinity Cathedral dean, announced that Bishop Matthias would be present for the services commemorating the 20th anniversary of the canonisation of St Ioann Kochurov (who served in Chicago). Bartek, also announced in his parish bulletin that Bishop Matthias will preside at Vigil on 1 November at Christ the Saviour parish in Chicago. Matthias will serve Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral the next day and will bless “Sanctuary icons”. Very likely, he will be the guest of honour the banquet that‘ll follow.

On Tuesday, 7 October, a Special Nominating Assembly preceded the Midwest Diocese’s regular assembly. Gassios received 88 of 102 votes cast for nomination to bishop, but there were eight votes for Matthias. There’s little question that these votes were cast by Matthias’ hardcore supporters not yet willing to accept his retirement from the Diocese. Lest we forget, this retirement came about after revelations that Matthias had texted and entertained an impressionable young woman in the Diocese who afterwards made an official complaint about him. Even though retired under less than honourable conditions, Matthias seems to be pleased to respond to invitations to clergy who showed loyalty to him, to attend and preside at a variety of celebrations… to act, as it were, as a “shadow bishop”. Matthias may be pleased by this loyalty and attention, but it seems to others that his visits are imprudent… that he should spend more time adjusting to a prayerful and contemplative life. He should stay closer to home and give his newly elected successor an opportunity to take his place in the Diocese without having to wonder when and where his disgraced predecessor will next turn up.

Shouldn’t Paul Gassios impose order in his diocese? He doesn’t need backdoor attacks on his authority (for that is what it is)! He has to put the konvertsy brats in order, and right quickly. Moriak is acting like Fatso… both are swanning about, getting attaboys from their admirers. It’s time to make both of them act like the monks that they pretend to be. I’d send both of them to the Mountain… right smartly. That’d not only learn them… it’d learn their claques, too. The Church is NOT “Evangelicalism with a Liturgical Itch”… thank God!

It’s not boring covering Orthodoxy in the USA… no, siree…

BMD

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Priest Put on Leave, but Congregations’ Wounds Remain

00 Publican and Pharisee

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Editor:

One of the Cabinet sent this to me. They wrote me:

The columnist, John Kass, is a practicing GOAA member. He’s the son of an immigrant Greek grocer. Mentions Orthodoxy occasionally, including a lovely column at Easter this year. He attends another area parish, not Ss Peter and Paul in Glenview (he lives in another suburb). To see a column on a situation like this is nothing less than amazing to me.

I agree… I have more to say, but read this first. It’s a read n’ heed, kids.

BMD

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Church should be a place of peace and understanding, where you go for answers. However, those are hard to come by as a Greek Orthodox priest in Glenview IL faces a felony charge in the theft of more than 100,000 USD from his former parish in Milwaukee WI. Controversy roiled two Greek Orthodox parishes, in Glenview and Milwaukee. Late Friday, the Glenview priest, Fr James Dokos, was put on unpaid administrative leave from Ss Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview. He won’t be singing the liturgy on Sunday, church officials said.

The whistleblowers who dared complain about the allegedly high-rolling priest have found themselves locked in an ugly battle with Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, the No. 2 ranking official in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago that administers several Midwestern states. They accuse him; he accuses them. Bishop Demetrios told me, “Has the Metropolis been harmed? No, but it’s hurtful. These are reflective of the times we live in, and the brokenness of human nature is being played out in the press”.

Therefore, what I’ve found in the faith I was raised in isn’t exactly peace and light. Instead, anger and accusations, ego and greed replaced peace and light. If this goes to trial, there could be painful testimony, perhaps spreading beyond the question of whether one priest pilfered a trust fund. I don’t think this is over. On Friday, James Gottreich of Ss Peter and Paul, who had run-ins with Bishop Demetrios, told me, “I blew a whistle and dared ask questions, and I was removed from the parish council as president. It makes me mad, but now the truth is coming out, thank God”. Gottreich, who has been a parishioner for more than 50 years, is back on the board, but not as president. He helps with the ushers on Sundays. He said, “I don’t feel good about it, but after this time, after all the bad feelings and the pressure from above, the truth is out. It was in the Tribune. Everyone’s talking about it. I feel bad for the church, rotten for our parish, and I feel terrible for all the parishioners who won’t come back”.

Up in Milwaukee, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, another whistleblower, Emmanuel Mamalakis, also assessed the damage, saying, “It’s been absolutely horrible. This is the worst experience I’ve ever had, no holds barred. All we were trying to do is follow our legal obligation”. Mamalakis also had run-ins with the bishop. He said, “Every time we tried to peacefully resolve it, he was the blockade. Proving a point that he was the boss and we will do what he said, rather than resolve it”. Mamalakis said that Bishop Demetrios ordered the Milwaukee church council to apologise to Dokos for accusing him of theft. After the church council refused, he said, they sought out Milwaukee County prosecutors. The bishop said that all he was trying to do was resolve the matter amicably.

At the centre of this is Dokos, a Milwaukee priest transferred to Ss Peter and Paul Church in Glenview in 2012. According to a criminal complaint in Milwaukee County court, Dokos is accused of raiding a trust fund earmarked for the Milwaukee church. He allegedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on jewellery and trips and ran up 20,000 USD in tabs at “upper end” restaurants. Not exactly the homespun garments and clay cup of the carpenter who was crucified and, as we Christians believe, resurrected on the third day. There’s more in the criminal complaint, but it all speaks to the same thing… avarice.

Late Friday, Bishop Demetrios told me that he’d placed Dokos on indefinite unpaid administrative leave and he wouldn’t serve liturgy at the Glenview church on Sunday. Demetrios said, “Unpaid leave. The letter’s going out to the church. He’ll be on leave until the criminal issues are resolved”. It was what Gottreich said he had had asked for years ago when the priest was installed in Glenview. He said, “There was a lot of pain, and it was unnecessary. All we wanted was for Dokos to be put on leave, but Bishop Demetrios said no. When I asked him, he shook his finger at me, angry, as if I was supposed to be obedient. But he brought this priest to our church, took our other priest away, and Dokos had a cloud over his head”.

Whether Dokos will be found innocent or guilty won’t be resolved anytime soon. Neither will the bitterness left in the fight over him. Bishop Demetrios argues he’s been unfairly criticised in this business, saying, “Of course I’ve been harmed, and greatly hurt. Unfortunately, this got ugly. It’s unfortunate that some want to sensationalise this and want the downfall of the church. If Mr Mamalakis feels we attacked him, that’s his impression”.

There’s nothing surprising about a man being accused of sin. We’re all sinners. The sinner could be the one in the golden robe, proud, righteous, and confident in his place among men, loudly singing and praising heaven. Or, it could be that lowly tax collector in the back row, head down, trembling, quietly begging God’s mercy. I always liked the tax collector. He was humble. He was afraid. He understood. Turn to church and you’re supposed to get answers. However, in this sad affair, all I have are questions.

Editor:

Did you see the bishop’s attitude? His arrogance was just too much. All too many of the First Families are like that, though. “How dare you complain, you insolent worm! You’re cut off from communion!” That’s happened far too often. It’s time for us to clean up the byre that’s our Church. We’ve fallen and we WON’T get up…

BMD

22 June 2014

John Kass

Chicago (IL) Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-kass-met-0622-20140622,0,7230701.column

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