Just when it was becoming inconceivable to me that the GOA could not possibly plumb any further the depths of intellectual mediocrity, they now discombobulate me further by throwing the remainder of their moral authority into the abyss with the following press release:
Words fail me.
This drivel is breathtaking in its stupidity. To try and dispute it would cause my head to explode. It was obviously written by some left-winger who either did not graduate high school or is off his meds. It looks like the GOA couldn’t find some decent academic from Holy Cross to write it. Heck, the universities are clogged with Greek-Americans and none of them could be dragooned into writing this piece of bovine feces. As to why a first-rate blog like The Huffington Post (with which I am almost never in agreement with) would let its editorial judgment lapse to such a degree is a matter for another day. (I suspect that they used the offices of Frank Schaeffer, who’s most recent oeuvre is just as febrile and in-your-face as that of this author’s.) I guess Paul Krugman had nothing hysterical to write that day so they had to make do with something lunatic from a less notable figure. Think of it an affirmative-action hire. Besides, Progressives are always on the lookout for the next Official Victim Group and pickings have been awfully slim for the NPR crowd what with Muslim fanatics going berserk over burned Korans. Besides, if you’re a nation who threw away your sovereignty for a mess of pottage and Euros, you might get some slack by playing the Victim Card. Hey, it’s worth a try. It’s worked for other Oppressed PeopleTM so why not give it a go?
This however is neither here nor there. It is beyond ridiculous to presume that Greeks worldwide are victims. Our concern is more immediate, and that is why would the GOA put this out as a press-release? The answer may very well be that it didn’t really want to. If you will notice at the top, it was released in the name of the GOA by Fr Alexander Karloutsos, the Macchiavel who functions as a sort of papal legate within the GOA. In reality, he is the man who really runs the show. Yet another legacy of the Culture Club that is the post-Iakovon, new and improved, ethnocentric GOA. (In fact, it was he who engineered the removal of Iakovos in 1996.)
This brings up important points.
- First and most obvious one being that in commandeering the press office of the GOA and signing his name to this hysterical screed, Karloutsos was signifying something important to all who know how to read the tea leaves. Think of it as a shot across the bow.
- Second, there is a confluence between his interests and those of the Archon/Leadership 100 class. Several of these men have vital interests in Greece (full disclosure: I do as well). With Greece going down the tubes, they stand to lose significantly to the Germans who are already buying up prime real estate at rock-bottom prices.
- Third (and most nefarious) the Greek government is leaning on the GOA and its surrogates to help bail them out pronto. Make no mistake, it is the Patriarchate of Constantinople which unleashed Karloutsos on the GOA and it is the Greek government which leaned on the Phanar to do so. Lest anyone think that this is preposterous, he would do well to remember that the leaden hand of the Greek government on the GOA is not a novel proposition. Indeed it is par for the course. As is well-known, it was the Greek government which leaned on then-Metropolitan (now Patriarch) Bartholomew to turn away the leaders of the Evangelical Orthodox Church when they visited Istanbul some twenty-five years ago. The reason of course was to maintain the ethnic purity of the GOA.
Please understand, the people of Greece are really suffering. That they threw away the inheritance in exchange for riotous living paid for by Euros is no reason for us to be judgmental. Like the Prodigal Son, they will spend time in the pigsty, even going so far as to envy the husks that the swine eat. I fear that that we here in America are about to do the same thing with the reelection of the incumbent president (who thanks to vote fraud, illegal immigration, and liberal white guilt will be granted another four years at the White House, allowing his dependents to continue to feed at the Federal trough). If such proves to be the case, then our own comeuppance is inevitable as well.
We have a season however of relative calm before the storm hits. I suggest that if you are a Greek-American or a Philhellene, that you send whatever you can to a person in Greece whom you know, be it friend, relative, or trusted acquaintance. If they don’t need the money, perhaps they know someone who does. This is important because if you cut a check to some national organization (whether Greek or American), there is a real possibility that it might not get there. The kleptocracy in Greece would merely line their own pockets or send it directly to their Swiss bank accounts. As for the GOA, their books are (how shall we say it?) notoriously opaque. And we must never forget that “fees” are always collected at every stage of the transaction.
Ultimately of course, this brings us to the elephant in the room which we here in America are always averse in talking about: that the Assembly of Bishops was nothing but a ruse to stifle American unity and autocephaly and, failing that, to permanently tether the American Orthodoxy to Istanbul and its cult of Byzantine nostalgia. The exposure of Karloutsos in this affair however was a gaffe, a desperation move on the part of Istanbul. Being the puppet-master of the GOA, he has always worked best behind the scenes, lurking in tthe shadows, otherwise the jig would be up and we would know what the real pecking order is. It’s very probable that the GOA wasn’t on board with the whole idea so Karloutsos was forced to take matters into his own hands. Regardless, the situation in Greece is so dire and the GOA’s response so lackluster, that he had to expose himself, consequences be damned. It’s important to remember that he doesn’t have a real title and he isn’t anywhere in the organizational flow-chart of the GOA. It’s just a fact of life that he’s Patriarch Bartholomew’s boy and it is through his offices that power really flows.
In the event, the fact that he had to show his hand will prove to be a bracing corrective for those who have heretofore been optimistic about the immediate future vis-a-vis the Assembly of Bishops. Like a splash of cold water on an ardent suitor, this most recent, maladroit step by a rogue element within the GOA will hastily set things in their proper perspective. For those who were wondering when the follow-up on the recent communique from the Assembly regarding the tyrannical dictates of the Dept of Health and Human Services will come, they need look no further. That statement was a one-off, hastily put together by the Assembly because the embarrassment was too great. It was a good first step but it was followed by two steps back. And for those within the GOA who think otherwise, Karloutsos and his ilk will always be there to remind them what the real purpose of the GOA is: to serve as paid political agents of the Greek government and their handmaidens in the Leadership 100. Everything else is window-dressing.
Oh, one last thing. I know some German too: Wienerschnitzel!