“No Snitch” Code Alive and Well in the Greek Orthodox Church

Source: Greek Orthodox Christian Clergy and Laity Last week, a movie opened in theatres that critics say will receive a “Best Picture” nomination at this year’s Academy Awards: “Spotlight” tells the true story of a 2002 Boston Globe investigative team that blew the cover off of the massive child sex abuse scandal kept secret by the Catholic church. The trailer can be seen here, and features the following text: “To break the story, they broke the silence.” In the trailer, a … [Read more...]

Reflections on the meaning of the “Hierarchical Church” in America

Source: The Greek Star BY GEORGE D. KARCAZES What does it mean when we say that the Church is "hierarchical"? Does it mean that Christ alone is acknowledged to be the "head" of the Church and that everyone else are His servants, regardless of "rank"? Does it mean that the titles of those ordained to the priesthood are in a "hierarchical" order — in the nature of the service all members of the Church are called upon to offer: where Patriarchs, Archbishops, Metropolitans,   … [Read more...]

First Lady of Cyprus Visits Cathedral School

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINE S. SIRIGOS NEW YORK – Amidst a busy schedule during her recent visit to New York, the First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus Andri Anastasiades experienced the love and warmth generated by a special program of music and poety and time spent time with the students, staff and supporters of the day school of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Dean of the Cathedral Fr. John Vlahos expressed his joy over the visit, which included a tour … [Read more...]

LET’S STOP CLERGY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT – BEFORE ANOTHER SCANDAL EXPLODES

Source: JeffreyWaynick.com By Rev. J. Gregory Waynick Another case of sexual misconduct. Another Orthodox priest.  Another scandal.  This storyline seems to repeat every few years.  How can we take action to stop this behavior, long before it explodes into national scandal? Clergy sexual misconduct is deeply wrong and intensely harmful, but it’s hardly a rare occurrence.  Tragically, it happens somewhat frequently in faith communities.  Some report that 1 out of every 5 pastors (of all … [Read more...]

Ex-Clergyman, Sexually Abused at 17 by His Priest, Attempted Suicide

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Alex Prodes, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox priest (defrocked by choice), lives on his Social Security disability income, two years ago tried to kill himself. The divorced father of two – he sees his children only twice a year – referring to his failed suicide attempt, he asked his doctor: “why didn’t I die?” Prodes didn’t want to live anymore. He says that in 1979, 17 years old and the leader of the altar boys at the Evangelismos Church in … [Read more...]

John T. Tavlarides, longtime priest at Greek Orthodox cathedral, dies at 84

Source: The Washington Post By Matt Schudel The Rev. Dr. John T. Tavlarides, who spent more than 50 years as the senior priest and later dean of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, building it into one of the country’s most prominent Orthodox Christian congregations, died Sept. 21 at a hospital in Berlin, Md., near his vacation home in Ocean City, Md. He was 84. He had a heart ailment, said a son, Mark Tavlarides. Rev. Tavlarides arrived at St. Sophia in 1956 as the … [Read more...]

Greek-Americans and Miracles over the Decades

Source: The National Herald Greek-Americans and Miracles over the Decades [On August 2, Newsday featured an article titled “Claims of religious miracles on Long Island and in New York City,” focusing on various accounts of miracles over the decades relayed by residents of Long Island and New York City. Some of those individuals were Greek American; we provide excerpts of those stories here.] NORFOLK RD. MIRACLE “In 1960, Pagora Catsounis was praying before an icon of the Virgin Mary that … [Read more...]

Clergy Families: The Helpless Forgottens’ Cry for Help Answered Through Reality Therapy

Source: VISTAS Online - American Counseling Association Clergy Families: The Helpless Forgottens’ Cry for Help Answered Through Reality Therapy Paper based on a program presented at the 2013 American Counseling Association Conference, March 20-24, Cincinnati, OH. Michelle E. Aulthouse Aulthouse, Michelle E., is a graduate of the Master’s of Education School Counseling program at California University of Pennsylvania. When she was asked to write a research article for a class, this topic … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Attends Funeral of South Carolina Slain Pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, attended today, Jun. 26, 2015, the funeral service for South Carolina State Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was slain last Wednesday with eight others inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Archbishop Demetrios attended the service from its start, in the filled to capacity TD Arena at the College of Charleston. The … [Read more...]

Man attacks church in İstanbul with Molotov cocktail

Source: Today's Zaman A man attacked a church in the Kadıköy district of İstanbul with a Molotov cocktail on Tuesday, setting the building's door on fire. In a video purporting to show the attack, the man is seen shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and “Revenge will be taken for Al-Aqsa Mosque” as he throws a bomb at the Aya Triada Orthodox Church in the Bahariye area of Kadıköy.       The door of the church caught fire, but the blaze was extinguished … [Read more...]

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