“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Friday, August 3, 2007

Confidentiality Agreement and Parish Council Disclosure

TOCB has obtained the two posted documents regarding disclosure and confidentiality and we have posted them for everyone to review. Until now, neither document had been made public to the community. Both documents have been alleged to come from the Archdiocese but in reality only ONE has (click here to view that document at the end of Mr Colessides' blog article, July 31, 2007). And, only one document has been continually pushed in front of each member of the parish council for mandatory signature. It should be noted, this Proistameno has publicly stated that the "Confidentiality Agreement" was sent by the Archdiocese.

We took it upon ourselves to contact the Archdiocese to confirm the veracity of this Proistameno's statement and inquire whether in fact this document was sent to this Proistameno or to any community in the Archdiocese. Not surprisingly, this Proistameno's statement doesn't hold water. One would think that since this person is not adept at dissembling, since his prevarications are so easily uncovered, he might stop engaging in this behavior. It seems he is incapable of making such a change.

What we received was the document that Mr. Colessides has commented on below with the following message: "The parish still has to use the Archdiocese Statement (see below) which is a legal document. A parish can add their own Disclosure statement for their parish if they want ONLY if the Parish Council votes and passes on a second disclosure statement can they "force" a member to sign it." The document this Proistameno keeps insisting on being signed was NOT sent by the Archdiocese, nor was it voted on by this parish council as an additional and MANDATORY document for them to sign. This document is clearly designed as a means by which this Proistameno can assert absolute control and fear over parish council members.

It will be interesting to see what, if any, back peddling tactics this Proistameno will now employ to cover his exposed tracks. As with every other instance, any tactics employed to cover have guaranteed only one thing... the lies keep coming. Even though the lies keep coming, this Proistameno is allowed to get away with them and we stand by and watch. There is no "Confidentiality Agreement" that has been issued from the Archdiocese. Those parish council members who have yet to sign, DON'T, as you are not required to. For those who have signed, it means NOTHING. Instead of trying to hide everything we all might be better served if the focus shifts to demanding that this Proistameno tell the truth. For all our sake just give it a try.

1 comment:

Yannis Armaou said...

Can the proistameno prove to us that this document came from the Archdiocese 3 years ago as he claimed in the parish council meeting?

Will you please be HONEST at least ONCE to this community?

Yannis Armaou