Archdiocese Takes “Significant Steps” for the Resumption of Completion of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. (FILE Photo by TNH/Kostas Bej)

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America released a statement sying that it “has taken additional significant steps towards the resumption of construction and completion of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.”

The statement reads:

A new Board of Trustees for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine has been named, and on December 6, 2018, the feast-day of St. Nicholas, a ceremony of Affirmation of Office will take place at the headquarters of the Archdiocese, followed by a meeting to set a course forward and discuss issues of immediate concern. The St. Nicholas Board of Trustees will have the responsibility and care for the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas and the management of the related funds.

The new Board of Trustees will be comprised as follows: seven members will be of the original St. Nicholas parish, seven members are appointed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and six ex-officio members will be the heads of six major organizations i.e.: The President of the National Ladies Philoptochos Society, the President of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, the National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew-Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Chairman of Leadership 100, the President of Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism, and the President of AHEPA.

Additionally, a new entity, the “Friends of St. Nicholas, Inc.,” has been created and a Certificate of Incorporation has been filed with the State of New York. It is a not-for-profit corporation, which has been created according to the recommendations of the Phase II Report produced by the Special Investigative Committee and PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (“PwC”) regarding the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.

The Corporation has been formed in order to raise, invest, gift and disburse funds for the construction and improvement of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. The initial directors of the corporation (who shall also be known as “trustees”) are Elaine T. Allen, Olga Pavlakos and Michael Psaros. The number of trustees will be increased up to 15 people and is expected to include individuals from all Metropolises of the Archdiocese. The articles of incorporation provide that the Corporation shall dissolve one year following the consecration of St. Nicholas and all the assets and property of the Corporation shall be distributed to or for the benefit of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.

28 Comments

  1. We must resist the propaganda that there has been any real problem solving, transparency, or that any real path forward has been forged with regard to the desecration of Sacred American 9-11 Soil by the abusive clowns at the NYC Kleptarchdiocese. We must REJECT donating a single penny to the Shrine endeavor—this year, next year, and forever. We need to do the right thing, even if the leaders will not. We must denounce the Kleptarchdiocese at every opportunity.

    Consider:

    There has not been one substantive line-by-line, audited accounting of this project. There has been no sincere, detailed, believable explanation by a hierarch or pastor to the flock, and there has been no apology. Incredibly, the GOA’s posture has been to ignore the problem and hope that it will go away. And when there’s a dust up, the GOA issues some phony pay-to-play “progress report” from conflicted and highly-paid consultants. It’s a carefully laid smoke screen, for sure.

    No one has been held accountable. Just the opposite, those responsible continue to be honored with awards dinners inside the exclusive, gated enclave of Manhattan, which is not the real American church, but is a satellite island colony of Greece and Turkish-Greeks, where all of the plundered taxation is kept from our serf-slave parishes—-parishes that should be in 100% revolt by now. And shame on them, if they are not.

    The creation of another non-profit is hollow and meaningless. Money can be unaccountable, misused, embezzled (or otherwise stolen) from a separate non-profit as easily as it can from the archdiocese, which is also a non-profit and always has been. Nearly all of the same people, who were and are still in charge at the archdiocese during this inexcusable debacle (or who were in positions of influence or power), are now in charge of the new non-profit. Nothing has changed, only the illusion of change exists for us dummies.

    My father used to say, “Oxi Yannis, Yiannakis”, meaning , “let me correct you, it’s not John it’s Johnny” (i.e. there’s no difference).

    The project cost is out of control. I read in the THC some comments that the building is 3700 sq feet. Then, I read that the cost is $80m. And then, I read a response that the estimated cost structure equated to $21,000 per sq.ft. Unimaginable. Millions each year will be required to maintain this structure. Millions that we don’t have and never will. We should NOT chase bad money with good money. We should cut our losses and give the building to the Port Authority landlord. That’s the only responsible course of action, but there has never been a discussion about that option.

    Mr. Demetrios Trakatellis is intent on spending every last dime of yours and mine for the Greater Glory of the Greek Ethnos, even if it means the closing of your financially suffering parish. This Kamikaze suicide mission is his legacy. You and your parish don’t matter. He will take his plane and crash it into your building for the sake of the Imperial Byzantine Emperor.

    Invoking St. Nicholas on the day of the Saint’s Feast Day and conducting bogus swearings-in of yet another group of sycophants using the Holy Gospel as a prop is the work of the Devil and is the ultimate blasphemy. Shame on all those who participate in this inexcusable conspiracy to perpetuate this diseased institution, it’s terminally corrupt hierarchy, and the looting of the American Church treasury by the Manhattan’s home-grown Taliban crowd of clergy and laity.

    Lastly, and most important to me, I do not trust anyone at the archdiocese and I cannot and will not forgive them under any circumstance. I would never entrust them with even a lunch order, much less a building project. They are unrepentant abusers of their sacred duties and have mocked us for decades. It’s time for the silent majority to be heard. Not a dime. It’s time for the righteous hand of the faithful to strike the abusers where it hurts and exact a mighty revenge for a church that has been plundered by those who were entrusted to lead.

    1. The $80 million came about because of a few reasons. First, the Archdiocese got saddled with infrastructure costs into the several millions, cost that had nothing to do with the actual building. Second, the structure has been designated a national shrine, which, in the minds of many, makes that the primary object. Third, and this is directly the Archbishop’s fault, the selection of Calatravas as the architect guaranteed a massive cost over run, as is usual with all his projects.

      All that being said, there is still the lack of accountability. What was the money used for? Who pushed that key on the computer to transfer such large sums? There had to be at least two people who had such authority and if one of them wasn’t the Archbishop, there is no way he wouldn’t have known about it. Nothing goes on in/at the Archdiocese that he doesn’t know about and/or approve.

      Not out of criticism or condemning, but to not forgive is falling prey to the faults of others, faults in this case that have scandalized, insulted, dismayed and harmed spiritually, emotionally and monetarily loyal and faithful Orthodox. Granted, it is extremely difficult to rise above such behavior but we can’t let them win, for our spiritual and emotional well being and for hope for the future.

      1. 1908, so what’s your point ? Because the only “win” we can have is that each parish must hunker down, protect its assets against these Mauraders by having the cohones to lower or stop the monthly extortion fees to East 79th, while trying to survive this archdiocesan and societal turbulence for another generation. This means that we don’t waste money on this Greek Folly. There is no return on investment to the struggling parishes and they were never consulted, they were just told to strap on another huge obligation. NO ! Today, tomorrow, and forever. Are you down with that? Because I am not listening to forgive and forget, if that’s what you’re preaching.

      2. The problem is that the hierarchs control the situation. If a parish revolts the priest’s hierarch is likely to pull the priest. No weddings, baptisms, funerals, liturgies, etc. The only way this will work is if a significant number of parishes from throughout the country refuse to send in their yearly tax. If not it’s a dead in the water movement. And it’s unlikely that will happen. On the other hand, most parishes, if not all, are incorporated as non-profit organizations in their respective states. That means the people of the parish own all the assets, not the Archdiocese or the Metropolises. Now, that’s an interesting item. But many
        won’t take a stand and lose their priest to baptize their children, marry them and bury the dead. Many have spoken with their feet. I’m not preaching at all. But what good does it do to carry the burden of such anger inside you for something you did not create and are not responsible for? They don’t care about the scandalizing of the people, the emotional and spiritual damage they have caused, not just by this but by much else they have done out of little or no regard for the rest of us. Priests and bishops wear a petrahili around their necks. The tassels represent the souls of those they are responsible, pulling down like a weight. That’s all we need to know about their regard for their priesthood. When things like this happen sometimes it can’t be fixed. Better to go to the OCA or the Antiochians. I say all of this only out of genuine concern because I can’t tell you or anyone how to feel.

      3. 1908, that’s a nice lesson for another day about tassels and all that. You have to make up your mind, are in the fight or riding the fence? If you’re not in, then you’re out. This is a defining, existential moment as to whether we can even exist another decade. No hand wringing allowed and I’m not going to Antioch like a coward being chased from his home by teenage thugs.. I will fight, and die, in place. Hierarchs? Paper tigers when anyone stands up to them. Men in dresses. Forget the platititudes about the Epitrechilion and all the jumbo jumbo. Fight !

    2. My grandmother’s expression was better than your father’s: “Den einai skata, h gata ta’kane!”

      An American expression that really fits here is, “When you’re in a deep hole, STOP DIGGING!”

      No one held accountable, no change in course, ‘leaders’ who has few followers because they’ve lost their credibility. An absolute catastrophic shipwreck seems inevitable.

      The looming question is do our hierarchs fear God?!

    3. Let’s cool it everyone. All of you, with faked names, are criticizing and attributing blame. I understand that there’s anger and disappointment. I also feel it. Not one of you claims that you have contributed any money towards the St Nicholas rebuilding fund. Since you don’t have skin in the game, I suspect that you enjoy berating the church hierarchs. If there was any wrongdoing, the State of New York has all the accounts books Let’s wait and see if anyone is indicted and convicted. If there isn’t, then, you all spoke too soon.
      All of you that complain about the clerics, consider yourselves “brave”, by disrespecting them. Well, you aren’t brave, since you dont even have the chutzpa to publicize your real name. Anyone can be “brave”, when they’re hiding.
      Lastly, if you dont think that our clergy are worthy of your respect, have you urged your sons to become priests? Or you sent them to school to become doctors or lawyers, without even giving a thought to how our clergy will be manned, if the parents don’t offer the priestly option to their sons? Where do you think priests come from? The heavens? They come from the Greek Orthodox of this country. If you think so low of the church, you should leave it. Your criticism is certainly not constructive. And no, I’m not clergy.

      1. For your information Bob when I was called to give money for St. Nicholas I responded with a $1,000 gift which I personally delivered to the Archbishop. So I think I have a little skin in the game. And no I would never encourage one of my sons to be a priest. Our lazy immature hierarchy abuses our priests. Most of them are bishops because their severe personality disorders would prevent them from ever finding a wife. We don’t have leaders we have petty vain tyrants. And yes I would like my Church back.

      2. So, Bob, You’re a fake. And you have fake piety.
        Success for you is if no one gets indicted?
        And you’re proud that the feds/state have the books to the church, like the whores that we are? You think that’s cool?
        Everyone who is a parishioner has skin in the game.
        The archdiocese bleeds our parish dry to pay for this and other misdeeds. They are slowly sucking the life’s blood out of all of us. The archdiocese isn’t the church, it’s a bunch of guys in robes trading their own accounts. And you defend these no goods and by urging wait and see? Move out of the way and let real men handle this.

    4. We are all foolish and totally deceived by this scandal. No one is really asking about the perpetrators and a thorough investigation on the key players that caused this mess.
      First and foremost, should be the Archbishop. He insisted on the architect, when there were other capable and even orthodox ones. He went overboard with the changes and costs that he was told were going to be inquired, if he kept up his wild streak of changes. He paid no attention to Jerry Dimitriou and the costs escalated.
      Second person to be investigated is Fr. Alex Karloutsos. He was bold enough to give us his accountability of the funds that he collected in total pledges, ($ 48,991,760. Total Collected to date: $ 37,398,316 and a Pledge Balance: $11,193,4430) which is outstanding. based on his letter that was published in the Media: “Fr. Alexander Karloutsos is “Counting the Cost” of St. Nicholas Church by Theodoros Kalmoukos December 14, 2017” There he states: “I will not let you down. In the coming weeks and months, there will be investigations into how funds were transferred from the St. Nicholas account and let there be no doubt that they will be returned.” Both he and Mr. Psaros’ forensic audit have let us down. We have no clue or clearer answers as to where the money has gone. So, how will they be returned, as you promised Fr. Alex?
      The third person that should be investigated and he was a key player to all this sad story is Mr. Jerry Dimitriou the former CFO of the GOA. He was brave enough to expose to his credit and self-defense the Archbishop for knowing everything and deciding on everything that he then directed Jerry to execute and pay for. Unfortunately, Dimitriou was “thrown under the bus,” but for a hefty price of $300,000 severance pay, when there were no funds for the daily function of the Archdiocese. Was that an effort to buy his silence? Just a thought. There is so much more that Jerry knows and has not revealed. The chancellor alluded to accusations that there were going to surface. We are still waiting for the truth, that the: great “Biblical scholar of Harvard” is avoiding like a plague. Very correctly LMC, repanidi, Michael, Spiro and Spartacus give us important comments and insights, but I still feel we are beating around the bush, if we fail to call the above threesome and some others from the Archdiocesan Council to justice. Their sins are NOT forgiven, only camouflaged under a new entity, the “Friends of St. Nicholas, Inc.”
      There should be serious concerns about the transparency of Elaine T. Allen, and Mr. Psaros as capable and successful and generous as he might be, his main goal will be to protect and cover up the mistakes of the Archbishop. His waisted $150,000 speaks louder about the alleged forensic audit and the accountability and transparency that they proclaimed with words only. Now they will be the “initial directors/trustees of this corporation”? Here we go again, another attempt to raise funds for an honorable cause, that last minute will be directed to the account of another entity, like the $237,438.00 that was collected for the fire victims of Attica, but went to a Patriarchal office in Athens to be distributed by their office. Where was Allen, Psaros, Tsandikos, Kyrkos, Walsh, the Metropolitans and the rest of the Archdiocesan Finance Committee, to resist that temptation? Here, the quote from the Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them,” that Spartacus reminds us of, needs the proper Exegesis by the professor. Let me give you another great quote that our people use in similar cases: «Δασκαλε που διδασκες και Νομο δεν εκρατεις.» Bottom line, actions speak louder than words and unfortunately, we have not seen them.

  2. LMC your post is brilliant and I endorse everything you have said. Nothing has changed. There still is no transparency. We still don’t know where the money that disappeared went or who has been held to account for it’s disappearance. Just new smoke and mirrors to try to keep the Ponzi scheme on East 79th Street going.

    There is lots of blame to go around but first and foremost the blame belongs to Patriarch Bartholomew. He created this dysfunctional system so there would never be a strong leader like Archbishop Iakovos again. This mess was created by design of a corrupt Patriarch. We need sweeping change and house cleaning, and it needs to start with the resignation of Patriarch Bartholomew.

  3. Lets recap:

    -Its only 3,700 SQ feet, and 37 ft tall. Smaller than the average McDonald’s
    -80 million now and it’s the most expensive building per square foot in New York at 21K!
    -Only 911 building project that is not finished.
    -It’s not a church and can’t be called that. It’s a shrine so all religions can come and give donations to them.
    -It looks more like a Mosque then a Greek Church.
    -The Cross around my neck is bigger than the one on the top of the building.
    -They spent over 17 million of donated project funds before construction even started. They also spent 17million on Sexual misconduct payments. I am sure the two are not connected at all?
    -Saint Nick is now called a National Embarrassment by everyone.
    -No one is stupid enough to give them any more money. Well Leaderless 100, Faithless and the Arcons of Nothing are. Yes same people who put us in this situation in the first place.
    -The ARCHOS audit report never said where the missing money went. That was the purpose of the audit!
    -It has been shut down for over a year and it’s covered in plastic in the center of Manhattan.
    -They have two investagation on them now Federal and State.
    -All the Cellphone, email, text and all print records on the project have been handed over to the Government. You think that the Government requested all of that just for fun?
    -Your new foundation called “The Friends of Saint Nichalos” is the joke of the year. You have NO friends Left! The only thing you have is your sad little group still handing out awards to yourselves for doing such a great job running the chruch into the ground and shaming every Greek on Earth.
    -The Archo and its Millionaire collaborators have done more damage to the Chruch then 500 years of the Turkish occupation.
    -It took the Morons 17 years to raise 37mill when they the support of the people and not under federal investagation. Now they want another 40mill to finish. Good luck with that.
    -Anyone stupid enough to give this this 9-11 scam any more money is going to get allot of people looking at them and ALL their financial records. Because no one in their right mind would ever give the Morons another dime and want their Family and Business Name to be connected to a 9/11 scandel and a money laundering operation that is under FEDERAL INVESTAGATION!

    Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

  4. We are all foolish and totally deceived by this scandal. No one is really asking about the perpetrators and a thorough investigation on the key players that caused this mess.
    First and foremost, should be the Archbishop. He insisted on the architect, when there were other capable and even orthodox ones. He went overboard with the changes and costs that he was told were going to be inquired, if he kept up his wild streak of changes. He paid no attention to Jerry Dimitriou and the costs escalated.
    Second person to be investigated is Fr. Alex Karloutsos. He was bold enough to give us his accountability of the funds that he collected in total pledges, ($ 48,991,760. Total Collected to date: $ 37,398,316 and a Pledge Balance: $11,193,4430) which is outstanding. based on his letter that was published in the Media: “Fr. Alexander Karloutsos is “Counting the Cost” of St. Nicholas Church by Theodoros Kalmoukos December 14, 2017” There he states: “I will not let you down. In the coming weeks and months, there will be investigations into how funds were transferred from the St. Nicholas account and let there be no doubt that they will be returned.” Both he and Mr. Psaros’ forensic audit have let us down. We have no clue or clearer answers as to where the money has gone. So, how will they be returned, as you promised Fr. Alex?
    The third person that should be investigated and he was a key player to all this sad story is Mr. Jerry Dimitriou the former CFO of the GOA. He was brave enough to expose to his credit and self-defense the Archbishop for knowing everything and deciding on everything that he then directed Jerry to execute and pay for. Unfortunately, Dimitriou was “thrown under the bus,” but for a hefty price of $300,000 severance pay, when there were no funds for the daily function of the Archdiocese. Was that an effort to buy his silence? Just a thought. There is so much more that Jerry knows and has not revealed. The chancellor alluded to accusations that there were going to surface. We are still waiting for the truth, that the: great “Biblical scholar of Harvard” is avoiding like a plague. Very correctly LMC, repanidi, Michael, Spiro and Spartacus give us important comments and insights, but I still feel we are beating around the bush, if we fail to call the above threesome and some others from the Archdiocesan Council to justice. Their sins are NOT forgiven, only camouflaged under a new entity, the “Friends of St. Nicholas, Inc.”
    There should be serious concerns about the transparency of Elaine T. Allen, and Mr. Psaros as capable and successful and generous as he might be, his main goal will be to protect and cover up the mistakes of the Archbishop. His waisted $150,000 speaks louder about the alleged forensic audit and the accountability and transparency that they proclaimed with words only. Now they will be the “initial directors/trustees of this corporation”? Here we go again, another attempt to raise funds for an honorable cause, that last minute will be directed to the account of another entity, like the $237,438.00 that was collected for the fire victims of Attica, but went to a Patriarchal office in Athens to be distributed by their office. Where was Allen, Psaros, Tsandikos, Kyrkos, Walsh, the Metropolitans and the rest of the Archdiocesan Finance Committee, to resist that temptation? Here, the quote from the Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them,” that Spartacus reminds us of, needs the proper Exegesis by the professor. Let me give you another great quote that our people use in similar cases: «Δασκαλε που διδασκες και Νομο δεν εκρατεις.» Bottom line, actions speak louder than words and unfortunately, we have not seen them.

    1. If you were in a “position to know”, don’t you think you had a moral obligation to speak out, to be a whistleblower? If you didn’t speak up, you were part of the problem.

  5. Why aren’t the ones whose tower collapsed on St. Nicholas not paying for the rebuilding of the church? It’s not the faithful people’s fault that 9/11 occurred This project was originally to be completed by 2004 as said by Fr. John Romas of blessed memory. Our hierarchy must learn to work together and stand up with the faithful shoulder to shoulder to rebuild this precious church.

    1. Good point, Anonymous.
      The ‘shrine’ and the destroyed church are in no way alike. Even the location is different. Who is responsible for this very idea of this grand project?

      It’s obvious this is all about vanity. And worse, vanity bought with OPM (other people’s money). Between the arrogance, dishonesty, political ambition, hard-headed stubbornness, and incompetence would anyone in their right mind consider this a project for Orthodox Christians?

      They even sullied and looted the Philoptochos in their process.

    2. The problem is they are not rebuilding the destroyed church. That could have been accomplished years ago entirely from insurance funds.

      No they are instead building a great Roman temple, a monument to the vanity of the builders rather than the glory of God.

      But God will not be mocked and this pig in a poke will serve as an eternal flop instead mocking the princess bishops who promote their own glory instead of God’s.

    3. What a minute about the Romas era. Didn’t one of his church secretaries run off with $180k of donations back when 9-11 happened? TNC or the old Hellenic Chronicle reported on such, unless I’m greatly mistakened.

  6. This so called religious institution called the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is such a complete failure and embarrassment. Not only to Greek Americans, but to all Americans of any ethnic culture in general!

    To think, what started out as a well intentioned project, has turned in to a tragicomedy by the “boys” in black robes. I purposely use the word “boys,” because this group is truly “not” worthy to be called anything but “boys!” How amazing is it that out of these so called “hierarchs,” it seems, not one has had the nerve or conscience to come forward and to speak the truth. Now, mind you, this is supposedly a so called religious institution that supposedly answers to the “BIG” man above, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and yet “tsimuthia” or “silence!”

    These once again, so called “hierarchs” much rather protect themselves, than do what is just and correct and speak the truth! Now, how sad is that? And to add insult to injury, they continue to expect obedience and respect from their flock! All while they stand at the Emperor’s throne, all dressed in their finest regalia, preaching the word of “Christ!” If this isn’t a joke, I don’t know what is!

    All this so called religious institution, along with its sad religious groups seem to be a front for the elites to honor themselves with accolades. To me, there seems to be a continuing mockery of what it should truly be standing for!

    Once and for all, this is supposed to be the Church of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and “NOT” a Greek cultural or ethnic club, nor an extention of the Hellenic Greek government! Time has finally come to put “CHRIST FIRST AND FOREMOST AS THE PRIORITY AND “NOT” GREECE OR HELLENISM!” God help us and have mercy on us all!

  7. Greatly Saddened,

    17 million of Sexual misconduct payments is definitely a “Boys Club” The ARCHO is EXPOSED now Federally and soon very Publicly.

    Dear ARCHO,
    Everyone involved and everyone who knew about it and covered it up I am going to make very famous:)
    When your family name is typed into the internet the words “Of Blessed Shame” and buffoon will follow.
    You Morons stole from the wrong person this time and created the Monster that will bring you all down.

    Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

  8. Thank goodness Saint Basil in Garrison, NY, was incorporated under the Philoptochos and not under the Archdiocese. With the continuing on going financial difficulties at the Archdiocese, one can only imagine what may have transpired had it been incorporated under the Archdiocese! They probably would have sold off the property to pay for their ever so careless and total lack of financial responsibility to their stewards. God help us and have mercy on us!

    1. St Basil is a mess of a place, with no clear mission, dilapidated buildings, and relies on the archdiocese for funding. It needs to be sold. It is not an orphanage, it is not a training academy. It is nothing.

  9. Thoughts and prayers on getting anyone to donate to the “Friends of St. Nicholas”.

    By the way why hasn’t anyone ever mentioned the fact that the Port Authority has spent $17,609,085 as of 09/30/2017 on the construction of the Shrine? Just so all of you know, the Port Authority has paid for all of the construction from the top of the foundation, what is referred to as the “Mat” on page 2 of the “Project Redevelopment Agreement” and below.

    How would all of you like to be constructing a building and all you’re paying for is the construction costs from the top of the foundation and above – no cost to you for considerable costs of the site work, excavation expenses, foundation walls or slabs, utility hookups, etc… – actually let me just cut and paste that part of the agreement below so you can all read it.

    “WHEREAS, the Parties have agreed that the Church will design and the Port Authority
    (i) will construct a four-foot thick reinforced concrete mat above the VSC’s roof and (ii) on top
    of the mat to support the Building will install structural Styrofoam and a lightweight concrete
    slab necessary to raise the platform for the Building to the level of Liberty Park ( collectively, the
    “Mat”); and that the Church thereafter will construct the Building on top of the Mat.”

    Better yet let me cut and paste page 3 of the agreement that specifies all of the construction costs of the Shrine that the Port Authority is responsible for (the “VSC” referenced below is the Vehicle Security Center which belongs to the Port Authority and which the Shrine is built on top of – in renderings of the Shrine the VSC is prominently shown even though the church does not own this property.)

    (a) design and construction by the Port Authority of the Vent Shaft and
    Concrete Shell to be located adjacent to Liberty Street; the Port Authority will leave an opening
    in the Concrete Shell that, in the future, will become the entryway to the Building, as depicted in
    Exhibit A;

    (b) design by the Church and construction by the Port Authority of structural
    connections necessary to support the Mat in the location depicted on Exhibit B, (“Structural
    Connections”), a copy of which Exhibit B is attached to and made part of this Agreement;
    ( c) design by the Church and construction by the Port Authority of the Mat
    above the VSC’s roof in the location depicted in Exhibit C, a copy of which is attached to and
    made part of this Agreement;

    ( d) design by the Church and construction by the Port Authority of all
    municipal utility connections, including water, power, gas, and sewer, from the utility source to
    the property line of the Exchange Parcel, pursuant to the Final Plans (as such term is defined in
    Section I .3.2(a) below) approved by the Port Authority as set forth in this Agreement (“Utility
    Connections”);

    ( e) design and construction by the Church of the Building, incorporating into
    such design and construction the VSC vent shaft as constructed by the Port Authority (“Vent
    Shaft”), the location of which Building and Vent Shaft is generally depicted in Exhibit D and
    includes, without limitation, those portions of the Vent Shaft located within the VSC and those
    portions extending beyond the walls or roof of the VSC; and

    (f) design and construction by the Church of the Entry Fit-Out.
    The aforesaid design and construction responsibilities of the Parties with respect to the Project
    are reflected in Exhibit E, a copy of which is attached to and made part of this Agreement.”

    So in short the $38 million dollars that was donated to the Archdiocese which is now gone and the approximately $6 million dollars still owed to Skanska (General Contractor) and the $2.4 million dollars still owed to MG McGrath (Marble Panel Fabricator) adds up to about $46.4 million dollars which was “spent” on just building the shell of a 4,450 square foot building (please spare me the its in Manhattan nonsense, I do this for a living).

    Again keep in mind the Port Authority has paid for all of the considerable expense of the construction work from the top of the foundation and below; the Archdiocese was delivered a foundation with all utility hookups in place before they had to spend a dime on construction.

    And in closing just so you all know, those renderings that show that large green space in front of the Shrine, that’s doesn’t belong to the Shrine, nor was paid for by the Shrine – that’s Liberty Park – a public park, so the Archdiocese didn’t spend any of your donations on that – that was another freebie to them.

  10. The church needs to be finished and open regardless of stolen monies and different scandals.I think it will be harder to do business as usual with all the transparency now towards the Archdiocese with this project. It will be a failure for our community and we will lose all credibility if this project isn’t completed. As soon as I heard who the architect was I knew it meant disaster but whats done is done. Its good to talk and debate about this and get everything on the table good and bad but we can’t allow it to stall any further. I’m making my donation without prejudice and judgement and I hope others will follow.

    1. No one is going to follow you boarding the Titanic. The community leaders and the ARCHO has lost all credibility, we all seem to know this but you. “all the transparency now” are you kidding me! You are not just drinking the Kool-Aid but swimming in it.

    2. “It will be a failure for our community and we will lose all credibility if this project isn’t completed. ”

      Speak for yourself. Some of us saw this coming from day one. (I never gave a penny–and I will always be angry that my aged mother was forced to donate via Philoptochos– SHAMELESS!)

      If you didn’t know better at the beginning, consider what has happened a very expensive lesson.
      It will really be a waste if you learned nothing.

      To be very clear, prestige and true Christian faith are in no way related.

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