July 20, 2022
EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): This is an anonymous letter by our Clergy, a letter that TNH refused to publish (justifying their journalistically atrocious action with a commentary “Truths but Anonymous” by the “theologian” Kalmoukos). As if TNH and the “theologian” do not know what it would mean for any priest to publish complaints of any sort against the hierarchy: next opportunity, he would be transferred to a parish on the other side of the country, and he would have to drag his presbytera and children with him… In any case, the priests explain the anonymity in the post scriptum… But the most important part of the letter is its call to action at the end of it: 1) Question the party line. 2) Protest appearances by Archbishop Elpidophoros and his representatives. 3) Support Each Other. 4) Pray.
Let’s listen to our priests – they are telling the truth…
Rocks, Thorns, and Birds
By Clergy in the GOA (1)
The Parable of the Sower was front and center during this year’s Clergy-Laity. Seemingly everyone from elder Metropolitans to secretaries received the same icon. What does it say about the competence and creativity of the current staff running the Archdiocese that almost no thought was put into purchasing meaningful gifts for the “honorees”? In the Parable of the Sower, we learn to take care for how we cultivate the earth of our hearts, and to do so, our Lord offers some cautionary examples. The seed falls on rocky ground that is too shallow to take root. Some seed falls among thorns that choke out the good efforts. Other seed is devoured by demonic birds. Ironically, these mass-produced gifts doled out by the Archbishop, with the same ease that he doles out pectoral crosses and “this or that” of the Patriarchal Throne, are a self-condemnation.
Truly – what administrative unit of the Church in what jurisdiction has shown itself to be more shallow, thorny, or full of vultures in the past three years than the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America?
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