Things seem to be heating up on the Milwaukee front. Concerned GOA parishioners from the Metropolis of Chicago have been informing Yours Truly that indictments may be handed down soon. As you may remember, we broke a story a few months ago involving Fr James Dokos, a priest of that diocese who had issued several checks from a trust fund in which he was the only trustee. The checks were sent to three North American bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to the tune of almost $10,000 each.
Now the local media has gotten involved. Attached is a video from one of the local news stations. Monomakhos hopes that this will soon die down, after all, these types of things tend to be very complicated and the closer one looks at them, the murkier they become. Not necessarily criminal so to speak but definitely not desirable. For the life of me, I still can’t figure out why a priest needs to shunt McKinleys to bishops who are already more than well-paid. Word on the street of course is that Dokos has been buying influence for years; that would certainly explain why he could replace a popular priest like Fr Angelo Artemas with no questions asked. At any rate, it just doesn’t pass the smell test.
Perhaps something good can come out of this, things like more patent and transparent financing. Why, for instance was Metropolitan Nikita Lulias the recipient of Dokos’ generosity? Is it because he’s in the running to replace the current metropolitan when he steps down? This would explain why Dokos felt it necessary to grease Lulias’ palm as well as Kantsavellos’. And how did he decamp so quickly from Hong Kong in the first place? Is it too much to ask that at least we see the end of the baksheesh culture that has been endemic in Byzantine church politics for the better part of a millennium? Unless questions such as this are answered, the GOA can’t expect people to be more generous with their money.
View news report here.