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Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos The issue of the salaries and benefits of the clergy comes up very often for discussion in many if not all parishes, and certainly at various gatherings of Greek-Americans through the country. Something has to be done to review this issue, because the way we are going, fewer and fewer parishes will be able to afford the high salaries and the demands of many of our priests. Let me say that I have great respect and honor for those faithful, humble, and ethical priests and bishops, no matter in what corner of the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The eighth gathering of the Assembly of Bishops of the USA took place in Garfield, New Jersey, on October 3-5, 2017.  Thirty-two Bishops out of the 52 Bishops were present.  The Assemblies were authorized in 2008, and it is now 2017.  They were authorized by all the Patriarchs and Autonomous Heads of Orthodox Churches with the charge to make the uncanonical structure in the lands beyond the ancient Roman Empire canonical.  In the United States, there exist  14 parallel jurisdictions based on ethnicity and managed by Patriarchs in foreign lands.  The exception is the Orthodox Church…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity I am struck by the comment attributed to His Eminence that there are many millionaires who can pay off the debt of the Archdiocese. I am sure that this is true. It is also true that many millionaires, and even some billionaires, have been supplementing the monies received from parishes to cover the expenses of the Archdiocese for years. The sad reality is that those donors neither requested nor were provided the transparency and accountability that their substantial financial support deserved. In a previous comment, Fr. Steven Vlahos referred to OCL’s 30 year-old educational and advocacy…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – The economic situation of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is much more serious than thought before. The National Herald has learned from within the recent meeting of the Archdiocesan Council that the deficit actually is $12.75 million. The deficit includes a transfer of $4.75 million made from the restricted accountsof which $2.5 million was from St. Nicholas at Ground Zero rebuilding fund. The transfers were made to the Archdiocese’s general operating accounts, which violates is own regulations and may cause legal problems. Another $4 million is in deficit since…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – Nothing substantial was achieved in the recent meeting of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America presided by His Eminence Geron Demetrios. The Archdiocese’s financial crisis, which The National Herald revealed on August 30, was discussed. A discussion took place about the vacant Metropolis of Chicago. The List of Candidates for elevation to the rank of episcopacy was not complete, except for some deletions of candidates deemed entirely unfit. Archbishop Demetrios attributed the delay to the Archdiocese’s Legal Committee examining whether hierarchs serving in metropolises abroad…

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Mr. Michael Psaros, a prominent businessman and treasurer of the Archdiocesan Council of the Creek Orthodox Archdiocese of America delivered a speech on Friday October 20, 2017, at the meeting of the Archdiocesan Council in New York regarding the finances. In his remarkable speech he presented concrete and decisive proposals designed to turn the finances of the Archdiocese around as stressed the need for total transparency. The National Herald was able to obtain a copy of the speech which we publish in its entirety: Your Eminences, Your Graces, most Reverend Clergy, brother Archons of…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – The money from the sale of the home of the late Archbishop Iakovos is missing at the Archdiocese. The home was sold in 2007 for $3 million when the real estate market was in its lowest range. The house was worth $5 million because it was situated in one of the most desirable areas of Rye, NY. Situated on 31 Park Drive South within Westchester Country Club boundaries, the house was built in 1929; it is a two-story building with a brick exterior. It has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, an…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – The Registry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is in danger because it was given to a special company to digitize it without keeping copies, but the company refuses to return the data until the Archdiocese pays it in full. The Registry contains the names of all the Greek-Orthodox faithful who have had baptisms, weddings and funerals performed by the Church. Practically speaking, the Archdiocese doesn’t have the ability to issue any certificate of baptism or wedding in case some faithful members of the parishes request one, especially before the creation…

Source: The Pappas Post by Gregory Pappas Michael Psaros, treasurer of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America addressed the full Archdiocesan Council this morning at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City where hundreds of representatives from various Metropolises around the country are meeting. The subject of the financial crisis that has gripped the Archdiocese was on the agenda and a full report was presented by the Council’s treasurer, Michael Psaros, a New York businessman and someone who has committed much of his own time and money to help clean up the fiscal mess at the Archdiocese. The subject of…

Source: The Word Logically, one should probably begin an essay with this title by expounding the historical background of the Church in our corner of the world. This information, however, is easily available elsewhere. My aim instead is to discuss the current situation, and what, if any, change is on the horizon. Since my childhood (I was born in the middle of the previous century), I have been told that we Orthodox Christians (that is, the Church of the ancient Seven Ecumenical Councils) are sacramentally one, but on account of a multitude of historical factors, exist in North America in…

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