Well, lookee here: An old magazine story from The Word (Volume 49, No 3, March 2005), the official magazine of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. Forgive all the preliminary Kim Il-Sung type of hagiography and go straight to page 15, wherein we find monies that were raised in Antiochian parishes going to Islamist “charities” in the West Bank. Specifically the “Islamic Rawda School for the Sons of the Martyrs” (read “suicide bombers”) and the “Ramallah Islamic Club.”
Where did the money come from? On page 13 we read that “…Metropolitan Philiip, through his uncompromising generosity and genuine concern for the Palestinian people, made an additional contribution to the fund on behalf of the Archdiocese…A total of $120,000.00 was donated.”
Now, I’m not want one to begrudge donations to orphans, but the question remains, were converts to this supposed Americanist/evangelically-inclined jurisdiction aware that their Archdiocese was giving donations to overseas venues? Not from what I gather. Regardless, incidents like this put Philip’s aversion to external audits in a new light.
Yeah, that’ll pack American converts into the colonial eparchies. (Hat tip to Ochlophobist.)
Read the magazine here (.pdf file).