Moderator's Note: we have been requested to post the following by Mr. Con Skedros, Archon of our Church and Historian of our Community. (from notes in his own hand)
During the 4th Clergy-Laity Conference held in New York City, November 1931:
Meeting with the delegates on November 14, 1931, Archbishop Athenagoras assured the Assembly that he did not seek a parish administration dominated by the clergy.
Even if such authority was unanimously vested on the clergy by the Congress, I would not accept it because I believe such an authority is damaging to the prestige and the ministry of the priest, and such authority is contrary to the history of the Greek Orthodox Church.Cited from The Odyssey of Hellenism in America, by Reverend Father George Papaioanou, (later Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey), p. 272. The late Bishop George obtained his information from the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies, Salonika, Greece, 1985.