August 22, 2014

Archbishop Demetrios Visits Ecumenical Patriarchate and Athens

From the GOA Press Office. Note the last paragraph: Upon his arrival in New York yesterday, Archbishop Demetrios was informed about some false reports in the Media referring to information of a supposed resignation. His Eminence stated categorically that the reports were baseless and patently false. The Archbishop further added that there is no discussion about any resignation whatsoever. He said that he is looking forward in the coming years to the continuation of the sacred and vital mission and work of the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, with the same faith, zeal, methodical planning and love, especially in view of the difficulties confronting our contemporary world. ++++++++++++++ Contact: PRESS OFFICE Stavros Papagermanos pressoffice@goarch.org NEW YORK โ€“ Archbishop Demetrios of America made a five-day trip to Constantinople and Athens. He arrived in Phanar on Friday, April 23 โ€“ the feast of the St. George the Trophybearer โ€“ in order for his visit to … [Read more...]

A Decade of Challenges & Achievements for Archbishop Demetrios

His Emminence Abp. Demetrios blessing a congregation

The headline is a misnomer. What will strike the careful reader are several important points, including: Total payments in the GOA since 2000 for sexual abuse related cases total $16 million; The GOA pays out $150,000 a month in sexual abuse settlements from one case alone; An implied relationship exists between the toleration of homosexuality and child abuse; The Greek Government is being asked to fund Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary; The Ecumenical Patriarch has final administrative authority over the GOA; Hellenism (as distinct from and parallel to Orthodox Christianity) remains the conceptual framework through which the evangelistic work of the GOA in America is filtered. The article, framed in laudatory tones, in fact uncovers very serious problems. It was published in The National Herald (Octobery 24, 2009); interviewer is Theodore Kalmoukos. H/T: Pokrov.org. ++++++++++++++++++++   The remarkable life of His Eminence includes distinguished work as … [Read more...]