Sunday, October 10, 2010
On March 30, 2010, before the letter from the Archdiocese granting a new charter to Prophet Elias, a corporation was established with the state of Utah under the name "Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Holladay, Utah." (click here for a larger view)
If, as the Metropolitan of Denver states, he held on to the letter from the Archdiocese for five months "to be absolutely convinced that the church-going members indeed wanted to see two separate parishes, each with its own parish council, its own income and its own property," how was it that this new corporation was established so long ago? How can the Metropolitan of Denver say that the responsibilities of the interim parish councils will include "establishing new non-profit entities," knowing that a "new" one had already been established?
Article 31 Section 1 of The Uniform Parish Regulations, which are cited and adhered to by the Metropolitan of Denver and the current regime when it suits their needs, and ignored when they do not, states: "A Parish Assembly may be convened for matters other than those involving canonical and dogmatic issues. The Parish Assembly is the general meeting of the Parishioners in good standing of the Parish and the general policymaking and appropriating body of the Parish."
In addition, the Metropolitan of Denver has asserted that the people, through the General Assembly, are to make such decisions. How then did THREE people, two of whom are not even elected, or appointed, members of the Parish Council, have the right to establish a new corporate entity without a General Assembly, special or otherwise, and secure his help in obtaining the Archbishop's granting of a charter? (click on the image for a larger view)
We invite you to draw your own conclusions.