Holy Fathers, are you fooling us?


Peter S. Makrias

Source: Estiator Magazine

By Peter Makrias

An announcement issued by the Holy Synod affirms the fact that the time has come for our Church in America to separate itself from the Ecumenical Patriarchate and declare its autocephaly. Based on its references to the meetings of Novem­ber 27th and 28th, the Phanar considers us to be its subjects and takes us for little children.

“During these meetings, all the issues on the daily agenda were re­viewed and appropriate decisions were taken on all items.”

But what were the topics on the agenda? What happened with the “triprosopon” list of three candidates to fill the vacant Me­tropolis of Chicago? What were the “issues” and the decisions? The faithful have every right to know both the issues and the decisions, and not just because they support the Metropolises, Archdiocese, and Patriarchate with their contributions. The Holy Synod has not been authorized by the plentitude of the Church to do as it pleases and whenever it wishes, or to keep secrets and continue an outdated tradition. The years of the Byzantine Dark Ages and barbarism have passed, which mandated that women stand high up in the balcony, separated far away from everyone else, as if they were impure beings because of their menstrual cycle. They still remain excluded from the priesthood, as if they are cursed. However, it is high time that the synodical hierarchs realize that the age of intolerance towards the Vatican and the Jews, or blind subservience to the Sultan, is long gone.

We live in another era now. The faithful are conscious of their rights and demand an accounting and transparency. They are not satisfied with assurances such as

“During these meetings, all the issues on the daily agenda were re­viewed and appropriate decisions were taken on all items.”

They demand specific answers.

The same announcement includes the following pleasantries:

“At the conclusion of its meetings, the Holy and Sacred Synod de­nounced the recently published articles regarding the issue that arose at the Archdiocese of America and those against the person of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America, whom the mem­bers of the Holy Synod surround with brotherly love and esteem.”

In other words, there is no “issue.” Everything is hunky-dory at the Archdiocese, which is why the “recently published arti­cles” against the Archbishop were denounced.

But we are not talking about “commentary” here. This has to do with information that cannot be denied via condemnations, but through evidence. The published information includes specific evidence that describes the state of affairs in the Arch­diocese regarding its default, the wasting of millions of dollars, restitution in the millions for sexual harassment against women and children by priests, misappropriations, illegalities, resigna­tions by officials, and firings of personnel. Chaos.

The Holy Synod is overlooking all this. It is feigning igno­rance. And it is shamelessly covering up for the Archbishop “with brotherly love and esteem.”

Holy Fathers, are you fooling us?



  1. Certainly, accountability is essential and expected but is not the answer to the problems confronting the church. Even if full accountability were promoted and practiced the situation would not change. What is needed, REPENTANCE. Without repentance God is left out and only God can heal the chaos that exists. Everything else is like putting a band aid on a heart attack.

  2. Fr. Basil Papanikolaou on

    The answer to your question (“are you fooling us?”) is a definite YES! No matter how true and painful, THEY ARE FOOLING US! Unfortunately, we are so apathetic and ignorant about our Faith and place in the structure of the Church that things will get a lot worse before they improve, May God save our Orthodox Church!

  3. The Greek Church, like the Catholic Church, failed to handle allegations of sexual abuse — not harassment — properly, no question. Criminal behavior was not reported to the authorities and predatory clergy were moved, not removed. As a result, millions were spent compensating those men, women and children who came forward and said they were hurt, not to forget the money spent on legal fees. And this was only the tip of the iceberg.

    The question is not whether you were fooled, the question is what will you do about it?

  4. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    If you are Greek Orthodox how many times have you personally been fooled? What have you personally done to do something about it? If you know of it and have done nothing about it why is that?

    There is no fooling SNAP or Pokrov. They expose the fooling. They do something about it. They are not cold apathetic or indifferent. Melanie Sakoda acts. The reason why the problem exists is because Greek Orthodox do not act to stop it.

    Greek Orthodox, what value, significance, meaning and purpose to God do the abused have? Do you have a Christian conscience about such abuse perpetrated on children? Are these people nothing to you, not worth protecting by stopping the abuses?

    What are the Greek Orthodox going to do about it, keep saying ‘Lord Have Mercy’ to it?

    • Ashley,

      If the Greek Orthodox wanted to do something about “it” they would turn off the monetary spigot. Buttons instead of dollars in the collection trays would make a very profound and provocative statement to the institution. But, the faithful are very insecure, fearful and ignorant about their church. Therefore, this is the reason they don’t make a stand for truth and justice.

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