“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, October 18, 2007


The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods.
- Hannah Arendt

Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.
- F.M. Conford
Well, well, well! So our current hierarch shows his true colors and indicates where he has been heading all along. It is no secret that Metropolitan Isaiah has had nothing but contempt for the arrangement we have had, with prior, more reasonable, more compassionate hierarchical approval, for so long in this city: an arrangement that was designed deliberately by our parents and grandparents to promote harmony and unity.

Our former hierarchs did not scream "Protestantism" every time they heard something they did not agree with; what the current regime throughout this country now espouses and seeks to implement by marginalizing the laity to so great a degree is actually more a Roman Catholic model, and we've all seen how well that has worked.

Further, since the current hierarch could not influence a majority opinion through his puppet, our esteemed Proistamenos, (now apparently the esteemed Proistamenos solely of Prophet Elias), or through a spineless Parish Council, to accomplish this split, he is now doing so by fiat.

Yesterday it was two Philoptochos chapters!

Today it is two Proistamenoi!

Tomorrow it will be two Parish Councils!

What we have here are the final phases of a τετελεσμένο γεγονός – a fait accompli – a done deal.

This community must not tolerate such an outrage.

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