“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


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wonder Why...?

...They do not want to have an open General Assembly and free elections and then allow
ALL parishioners to vote?
Why are we told :"Parish council elections in your community can only take place after the
affirmative outcome of the upcoming special general assembly"?
Why do they try to force the vote?

What will happen if the community says NO?

Why do they want to replace this:

1For these purposes this organization shall be a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, and shall
recognize as its Ecclesiastical and Spiritual head, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople;
it shall also recognize spiritually only, the representative of the Patriarchate in America. This
organization, however, specifically reserves unto its members in good standing, as defined
in these BY-LAWS, all of its property and assets, giving no control of said property and assets
to any priest, bishop, archbishop, or any spiritual head of said church, or to any person or persons
whomsoever, except those stated herein.

With this?

                               ARTICLE 16
                               PARISH PROPERTY

Sections 6: Based on the recommendation of the local Metropolitan, that a Parish is in heresy, schism, or defection from the Archdiocese, the Archbishop may declare the Parish in canonical disorder and may assume the administration of the Parish and control of  its  properties until  the  Archbishop, in  consultation with  the  Metropolitan, declares the Parish to  be  in  canonical order. In the event that the Archbishop, in consultation with the Metropolitan, determines that the Parish cannot be restored to canonical order, the title to properties shall vest in the Archdiocese. If under applicable law,  title  may  not  vest  automatically  in  the  Archdiocese,  title  shall  vest  in  an ecclesiastical corporation controlled by the group of parishioners that the Archdiocese determines remains loyal to it.

Section 7: In the event that a Parish is deemed to be in canonical disorder and title
to the Parish properties is vested in the Archdiocese, the Archbishop and the respective
Hierarch  are authorized to sign any deed or other document as may be necessary.

Yannis Armaou


Bill Rekouniotis said...

They got bills to pay.

Barbara Billinis Colessides said...

When did BLACKMAIL become part of the morality and ethics of CHRISTIANS, let alone of Greek Orthodox clergy???