“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


Monday, November 26, 2007

WHO Pays the Wages of Sin?

A few days we cited an article from the Orthodox Reform Web site, informing our readers that Greek Orthodox parishioners in Dallas were being asked to pony up more funds to protect their church properties - the ones over which our Metropolitan has "absolute authority and exclusive control." These funds are now needed to protect church assets in the lawsuits being brought by victims of the parish's defrocked priest, Fr. Katinas.

Apparently more of the same is in the offing. The Orthodox Reform Web site, has an article which again parishioners throughout the nation ought to find disheartening. (The article can be read in its entirety by clicking on this link: http://orthodoxreform.org/cases/stanley-adamakis/archdiocese-to-settle-misconduct-cases/. )

The final paragraph in the article by Theodore Kalmoukos, writing for The National Herald, is particularly noteworthy for those who don't have time to read the article in its entirety:

There is also strong disappointment mounting in many Archdiocese parishes, especially among the laity, due to the huge increase of the annual contribution of the parishes to the Archdiocese. The Metropolitans are exercising pressure on priests in their jurisdictions, urging them to convince the laity to increase their contributions to the Archdiocese, and parish councils are also pressuring the faithful to give more and more money, a good part of which is already being used to help pay for clergy sexual abuse cases.
Read it and weep. How can our hierarchy look us in the face and justify this situation?

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