Comments Posted By Ian James
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Chryssi, then you are going to be surprised.
» Posted By Ian James On January 31, 2011 @ 10:33 pm
Kalmoukes must have good sources. The contents of three letters were revealed to him. This indicates a source inside the Patriarchal Palace in Istanbul.
But look at what they say. Evangelos squealing on Vikentios that he is making Bartholomew look bad. Vikentios wants to sue Pasios. Nicholas defends Vikentios freezing all decision. Way to go boys.
Meanwhile no official statement at all. It seems like the only qualification for Bishop is that you get degree from a seminary and are heterosexually-challenged.
Who is going to pay the settlements? How about starting with liquidating the bishop’s stock portfolios and land holdings? These guys have money. Some own property and have second homes in Greece.They are responsible for this mess. Let them pay instead of the people.
If Vikentios knew about Pasios and did nothing, he’s culpable. If Bartholomew knew (and how could he not?), he’s culpable. It’s their job to know. If real accountability mattered, all the bishops would be fired.
Now there is some kind of reorganization taking place. They blew Astoria, now they want even more control? The first thing we should demand is background checks and full disclosure of finances. Otherwise, stay away.
What about the kids that were abused, boys? When do we hear about that?
» Posted By Ian James On January 30, 2011 @ 8:07 pm
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I see a problem. Bishops are only accountable to each other. They are not accountable to anyone else. That is why they are so reckless. They hide each other’s crimes. If Abp. Demetrios and Pat. Bartholomew knew about this, then their assistants must know too. They chose to hide it instead of deal with it.
Remember when Abp. Demetrios did not want to defrock Katinas. Met. Alexios scolded the people who were angry about it and told them to obey their Archbishop. I read it in the National Herald. This shows that Abp. Demetrios did not understand how serious sexual abuse is. It shows that Met. Alexios did not understand it either. I think they live in a bubble.
They should be the first to pay. The GOA is in financial trouble because the leadership is reckless. Lower their pay to $50,000 a year and take the rest to pay the settlements. No money under the table. Most bishops are wealthy. They own property. Sell the property to pay off the settlements. Don’t tax the people because they were reckless.
Do criminal background checks. I hear that some of the leaders are active homosexuals. They need to resign. Abp. Demetrios and Pat. Bartholomew or their people who knew about Bishop Passios need to resign. We need to clean up our house. They cannot do it because they caused this problem. They will do it again because they will want to protect themselves.
This is the only way there will not be more victims.
» Posted By Ian James On January 13, 2011 @ 8:58 pm