“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


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Creative Math 101 - Instructor: Our Parish Council Treasurer

In the September issue of the Messenger our parish council treasurer embarks on still another analysis of the financial condition of our community. Aside from the usual "ahead of last year in stewardship but we're broke" verbiage, this analysis includes the "total cost" to the community of having a third priest assigned. Why after 25 plus years of having three priests serve our community has this suddenly become an issue only our treasurer and this proistameno can answer. Come to think of it, until the announced retirement of Fr. George in October of last year, it was never considered to not have less than three clergy.

Our treasurer lists two figures as "total cost" to the community: $98,525 for zero years experience and $142,555 for 15 years experience. Most disingenuous (excluding the fact that his figures are incorrect) is the including of the 15% Archdiocese commitment in these figures. The Archdiocese commitment is based on the community's TOTAL expenses not just those that suit the treasurer and this proistameno. This method of scare tactic accounting, encouraged by this proistameno, is beneath the intelligence of the members of this community.

Let's do this: Let's have our treasurer list the "total cost" to this community of having this proistameno still here. He can use the same math he used to cypher the above numbers. Talk about scare tactic accounting - that would scare all of us beyond words. Just a thought. Actually, a better thought would be to have the current regime just be honest with us and not blindly spit out the information told to them by this proistameno.

1 comment:

TOCB Moderator said...

Why is only the salary of a potential third priest made public? All financial information distributed lumps the priest salaries together except in this case. I would ask the treasurer to publish the correct salary figures for the other two priests in the next Messenger. He won't because the proistameno wouldn't allow it. If he did, he would be violating the confidentiality agreement he signed. So much for being open and honest to the community.

Yannis Armaou