“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




ΦΙΛΟΤΙΜΟ: THE GREEK SECRET


Saturday, August 4, 2007

NO ONE HOLDS VETO POWER OVER THE COMMUNITY'S SECULAR AFFAIRS

AN OPEN LETTER TO:
THE PRESIDENT
THE PARISH COUNCIL
THE PROISTAMENO

NO-ONE HOLDS VETO POWER OVER
THE SECULAR AFFAIRS OF OUR COMMUNITY


Neither the Metropolitan nor the Archdiocese hold a veto power over the non-ecclesiastical affairs of this Community. Utah State law is the only applicable authority.

You will recall that the vote was taken on February 11, 2007. The Community voted overwhelmingly (72%) to create the new non profit corporation.

The results were submitted to the Metropolitan for “ratification.”

The Metropolitan, apparently acting on orders from the Archdiocese, decided to nullify the Community’s vote. He and the Archdiocese torpedoed this Community’s efforts for a better tomorrow. Ostensibly the reason for the failure to ratify was that the Community’s vote was either “non-canonical” or “contrary to the UPRs” or some other cockamamie excuse.

To this date no one has ever cited which canon was violated? No one has told us what UPR was violated?

The truth of the matter is that NO VIOLATION of any kind or type occurred. It is only a whim of those who seek to stop the progress of the Community.

I am very proud to be part of the Heritage Campaign Committee. We made a promise to this Community that our Community will undertake to complete the renovation of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. On time, and on budget. A promise made; a promise kept. The committee wanted to make the same promise about building a new Holy Trinity Cathedral Campus. The Cathedral Vision.

Unfortunately the Cathedral Vision will never become a reality. Too bad for our Community. Too bad that the Clergy and others OUTSIDE of own Community have dictated that we cannot proceed with the creation of new Sunday School classrooms, and other physical facilities to promote programs for our Holy Trinity Church Parishioners.

Neither the Metropolitan nor the Archdiocese hold a veto power over the non ecclesiastical affairs of this Community.

I (and others) have repeatedly asked for the Metropolitan’s and the Archdiocesan response to the Community’s submission. My understanding is that there may be as many as four letters that have been directed to this Community “discussing the creation of the new non-profit corporation.”

Why have they not been made public ?

Mr. Varanakis has stonewalled all requests for disclosure. He refused to make the responses public for the benefit of the Community.

Why ?
On whose orders?
Who runs our Community?
What is the role of our Parish Council?
Is the Parish Council here to “serve” the Proistameno?
Do the Diocesan assemblies that pass “non-binding” resolutions govern our affairs ?
Is the Proistamneo managing the flow of information to the Community again?
Is the Parish Council an unwitting party to this conspiracy?
Are there any explicit or implicit threats to any person who has the information ?
Has the information been made known to the entire Parish Council ?
If not, why not?
Is this sordid affair part of the Proistameno’s machinations?

What about the communications by the “Floor-Gamvroulas” committee with the Metropolitan and the Archdiocese? Is this Community being sold down the river? Are we going to be buried again? Is this Community being walked down the primrose path ?

The entire Community has a right to know!
The entire Community has the right to expect information to be made public!
The entire Community demands to know the whole “unvarnished - warts and all” truth; nothing but the truth must be made public!
The entire Community pays the bills.
Full disclosure is part of the Parish Council’s discharge of its fiduciary duty to the people who have elected them to the office.

IT IS TIME TO COME CLEAN WITH THE COMMUNITY

THE COMMUNITY DEMANDS THAT YOU TELL US THE TRUTH

MAKE THE LETTERS PUBLIC

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Nick J. Colessides

P. S. In another article we shall review the applicability of the Sam Ervin adage: “Follow the money.” The truth about opposing “the creation of the non-profit corporation” and the real reason(s) for promoting the “split.”

1 comment:

yannis said...

Nick,
great letter!
After those who caused so many problems in our community ARE GONE,
THEN I ASSURE YOU THAT THE HERITAGE COMMITTE WILL FINISH what they started.