Fr. Gerasimos Makris Denies Nuns’ Allegations in NY Post

Father Gerasimos Makris (L) with Father Constantine Kobitsis. (Photo by TNH/Costas Bej)

BROOKLYN – “I’m happy I’m back in my church, and I never bothered them,” Fr. Gerasimos Makris said outside Holy Cross Church in Bay Ridge on December 9 when asked about allegations of “inappropriate” contact with two women, the New York Post reported.

As The National Herald reported, the Archdiocese of America reinstated Archimandrite Makris at the Holy Cross Church in Brooklyn after he had been removed pending allegations by a woman of his “improper behavior” of a sexual nature. TNH also learned that the Archdiocese ignored the decision of its Spiritual Court, which recommended that Fr. Makris not be defrocked but not be reappointed, either.

The Court convened on September 5 at Archdiocese headquarters, and was comprised of the following three priests: Archimandrite Eugene Pappas, Presiding Priest of Three Hierarchs in Brooklyn; Rev. John Lardas, Presiding Priest of the Archangel parish in Port Washington, NY and President of the Clergy Association of the Direct Archdiocesan District; and Rev. Nikiforos Fakinos, Presiding Priest of St. Demetrios in Merrick, NY. All three declined to comment to TNH, citing the policy of confidentiality on Court matters. Archdiocesan Chancellor Bishop Andonios of Phasiane did not respond to TNH’s request for comment.

Makris testified before the Spiritual Court, though his accuser did not. TNH has learned that she did not testify because she was not given enough notice and she could not attend on the specific day on which the Court convened. She requested to appear on alternate dates, TNH has learned, but the Archdiocese did not respond to her request.

Priests spoke with TNH on the condition of anonymity, explaining that in March they raised the issue with Bishop Andonios, telling him that Makris is a man of God – innocent, philanthropic, and ascetic, but that Andonios told them it was not their business to inquire and that the Archdiocese was investigating the matter, about which he said there was a file and the matter “goes back some time.”

Fr. Makris, 51, returned to Holy Cross in October when two nuns in a Long Island convent began posting against him on social media with hashtags #MeToo and #ChurchToo, the Post reported, adding that on “Sunday, the priest tried to downplay the allegations against him saying: ‘People use [the term] sexual abuse as if somebody is sleeping with somebody.’”

“I don’t claim to be perfect. I have my faults,” he told the Post as he left the church following the services, adding “I’m saying [the women are] exaggerating things.”

When asked to “clarify exactly what happened with the women who accused him,” the Post reported that Makris replied, “You have to ask them.”

Although the two women have yet to be publicly identified, one allegedly lives in Brooklyn while the other lives in Massachusetts, where Makris served as a dean at the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology before he took up his position in Bay Ridge in 2007, the Post reported.

The article also referred to revelations it made in the case of the defrocked George Passias and his illicit relationship with a married woman.

Many Holy Cross parishioners have defended Makris and his return to the parish, as TNH reported, and the Post noted in their article in spite of the nuns’ online protest.

When asked about the social media protest, Fr. Makris told the Post, “I have no idea what the #ChurchToo movement is. Your sexual innuendos in your newspaper lead people toward sexuality. When you guys put and sell women with bathing suits and stuff like that, that’s OK, but when a priest was a human being also… let’s make a newspaper article. Ultimately, no matter what you want to say, my conscience is clear.”

11 Comments

  1. This priest is an ass clown. Our corrupt GOA ignored the judgment of the Spiritual Court to reinstate him where he does not belong. Also violated the Church’s own written sexual abuse policy. GOA is a lawless organization. And why did they do this? A few well heeled female parishioners were demanding this ass clown back. He should be removed immediately and all records handed over to the Brooklyn District Attorney, a lovely Greek woman, to determine if prosecution is warranted.
    Interestingly this priest took the place of the priest famous for his cake crush fetish with his “spiritual child”. The GOA hid that too until the pictures and video came out.
    Disgusting!

  2. How about the bigger ass clown, Bishop Andonios or as he has been referred to in past comments, His Dis-Grace!

    Perfect name for one of the most inept liar and so called leader within the GOA. He covers his clergy and maligns the victims. Appalling how certain clergy feel they are not only above following their own sexual misconduct policy, the spiritual court and the law!

    Just went you think they cannot sink to a new low – Dis-Grace Andonios does.

    Where does the legal advisor Ms Kathy Walsh and the Executive board of the Archiocesan council fit in all of this? Let’s not forget our poor, homeless and delusional Archbishop – you are part of this problem and lead the coverup.

    Bravo to the nuns for speaking out! They are brave women who have taken a stand and serve as an example of strength. #women’slivesmatterinthegreekorthodoxchurch

    1. Michael and Anonymous…while you clearly are bias in your indictment of Fr. Makris …based on telling all the readers with TNH…. that somehow …you have the unique ability and insight to determine that their is no credibility to what Fr.Makris says …but certifying the credibility of a women…who was so harmed ..that she did not bother to show up for a hearing …to assess her claims!

      It is also clear that the Archdiocese …did respond to the complaints and demonstrate that they were taking steps to address a very serious claim n..and convened an investigation of their allegations!

      Additionally, they did respond to all the evidence…which unlike you ..do not consider the clergy and archdiocese as demonic devil worshipers or monsters running a brothel for the sexual deviant parishoners of the Greek Orthodox church….and unable to search for the Truth.

      Additionally, they did assess …and apparently, did not conclude …that the charges made against Father Makris ..did not meet level that would justify the banning of Father Makris from the Orthodox Church…which the Post and TNH..falsely reported in the Post article!

      What they did do…is what normal protocal is calls for …when either a policeman or Doctor …are involved in questionable conduct in the performance of their duties … and that is a review and assessment by professional organizations which …who did certify Fr Makris as fit to return to his service of the lord and his parishioners at Holy Cross Church!

      THE Spiritual court simply recommended that he be assigned to another church or position …in light of the environment created by the claims of this women! However, what they discovered ..was the Archdiocese was compliant to the wishes of Father Makris flock at Holy Cross…who unlike you..apparently felt that they uniquely had the ability …to believe the words of Father Makris…which denied the allegations of this women!

      Which brings us to the two nuns …who took to Social Media …to express their displeasure with the reinstatement of Father Makris at the request of the Board and parishioners of Holy Cross and publicly defame not only Father Makris, the Archdiocese, the Board of Holy Cross and most importantly…the parishoners of Holy Cross … as Sexual abusers and enablers!

      What is interesting …as I noticed .. the web site of a legal firm ..which specializes in Sex Abuse Cases and guarantees substantial compensation for those who claim abuse …and these are the guys you need to get financial compensation!
      It is interesting …that these accuser had hired an attorney to express their claims to the Archdiocese…which one would have to wonder ..what was the real end game ..spiritual justice ..or financial justice !

      So,,,,why would you have an attorney…other than to intimidated , threaten and shake down the archdiocese with legal retribution ! To this end…I agree with you …MIchael ..why shouldn’t they with there Attorney stop shaking down the Church…and simply …hand over all information to one of the district attorney’s pf New York…to judge the real merits of her charges? Because …there is not a ghost of a chance ..that they would get anymore …than the free publicity to promote their defamiing of Father Makris and the church…which was provided to them by TNH and the Post!

      On the other hand…what youi may not be aware ..that Fr. Makris ..has an enormous opportunity to do what is now being done with all the sexual abuse cases and allegations ..which only defame people but never prove anything…which lands you in jail!

      For instance,…. in the case of a Catholic Priest in Los Angeles…he decided to fight back and turn the tables on his accuser..by filing a lawsuit against not only the accuser but her law firm as by responding to their allegations

      ‘The allegations have exposed Alzugaray “to hatred, humiliation, contempt, ridicule and obloquy,” according to the lawsuit. It states that he has “suffered damage to his occupation and career advancement, severe loss of his personal and professional reputation, severe mental anguish and has been subjected to public scorn.”

      He is seeking unspecified general and punitive damages.

      Importantly…the basis is that like the New York Post , Social Media claims by the Nuns…and TNH…that were made public before any rulings by a judge …in any preliminary hearing! Additionally, like Father Makris …the church did not take any action against this catholic priest!

      So, in reality,,,,Fr Makris and the Orthodox church..have serious recourse ..if they decide to test the laws of New York …which protect the name of our citizens from Public scorn , if their has not been a ruling decision by a certified judge of the State of New York! Of course ..no better evidence of the scorn perpetuated by you , and the rest of the wacko;s on these posts . and the public disclosures made and claims of the New York Post and TNH …to make false statements implying to the Public that Fr . Makris is some sort of monster…let loose by the demented clergy of the Orthodox church!

      Which brings me to my final conclusion…that you, TNH, and the New York Post have conspired to opportunistically based on unsubstantiated allegations….to knowingly… defame and discredit the credibiliy and discriminate against the Orthodox church of America and its faithful … and furthermore, implement a campaign of hate and distortions …to destroy the ministry of the Greek Orhodox Church!

      The attacks on the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of North America by TNH and the New York Post… have been recorded and a matter of record ..which has maliciously made implied charges of embezzlement of funds …and fraudulent dispursement of funds ..without any legal assessment or indictment by a Judge!

      Hows that Michael…the only difference between me and the accusers of Father Makris ..is that my words …is that … the beneficiaries of the New York Post and TNH banners …are not me ..but people like you …who make a living out of promoitng their personal agenda’s and movements….thru sensational statements like my…without any opportunity to refute those statements…and without any regard to the integrity of the truth!

      So …Clown Anonymous ..lets see you deal with my poison pen …and join my lynch mob against the New York Post and TNH…for their conspiracy charges of hate crimes and discrimination against the Orthodox Church!

  3. Interestingly, Disgrace was the Dean of Students at HCHC as was Fr Ass Clown!

    Imagine how many times both violated misconduct policy and basic laws of decency on that campus!

    Lord have mercy!

    1. Lord have mercy indeed! A priest friend once told me only about half of our priests actually believe in God and are not atheists. But the non-believing priests can’t think of another way to make a living if they left. I never could believe that. But the more I see, the more I believe it. None of these clowns can believe in God or His just judgement and continue to do these evil things.

  4. This is an excellent discussion because it’s finally among real people. Indeed, they are both are ass-clowns ( great term) and Makris’s statement is absurd and highly suspicious. He notices girlie bathing suit ads in TNH. Really? Where do they find these losers?

    And how like the archdiocese ass-clown rigged spiritual kangaroo court to convene when the accuser cannot be present. You know all these guys are misogynists, perverts, and worse—and they cover for each other in and out of bed.

    The archdiocese is one big whorehouse and,typically, the guys with the most money have the best time in the whorehouse.

    1. Jason, that’s what you get when clergy are the only ones making administrative, spiritual AND financial decisions! No parish council would accept that, why does the Archdiocesan Council?

      Take a look at the new Council members and compare to who was replaced for disagreeing with the Archbishop and this Bishop.

      Notice any relatives of Bishop Andonios?

      Certainly, in the eyes of Bishop Andonios, there is no conflict of interest having his brother, some of his friends who he can control and an employee of the GOA’s husband who was working for Chris Demetriades during the GOA real estate scandal on this Council.

      What kind of judgement does this show? Clearly, none! Shame on the Archdiocesan Council members. Isn’t anyone being responsible?!!!

      We, the laity need to take a stand., We need to speak up and We need to help the nuns and all victims of GOA clergy sexual harassment.

      Lord have Mercy!!!!

      1. Well, Anonymous, now you opened another can of worms. Very interesting. And would anyone just happen to remember who was the real estate agent for Chris Demetriades’s lots in Long Island that the Collective Mafia convinced Iakovos to throw our church money at? The people in flyover country have been so deceived for decades while the NYC Greek slaveowners worked their deals. How do I know thiese things?

        Because, I am @JasonBourne.

  5. WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE … I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH DISGUSTING ACTS OF A VIGILANTE MOB..WHERE THE LYNCHING HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED … .DESPITE THE FACT THAT FR. MAKRIS HAS CLEARLY REFUTED THE ALLEGATIONS…MOST IMPORTANTLY,,,UNLIKE YOU WACO’S WHO ALWAYS SEEM TO KNOW EXACTLY , WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE, CHARACTER REFERENCE …TO SUGGEST AND COLLABORATE THE RANTINGS OF NUNS…WHO HAVE NO MORE CREDIBILITY THAN FR. MAKRIS!

    IMPORTANTLY… SOMEHOW …IN THIS SMEAR CAMPAIGN …WHICH ALL OF YOU ..HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING AGAINST…. ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS AND THE ORTHODOX CHURCH … YOU NOW SEEM TO BE AGAIN.. IN SOME POSITIONS….TO ENLIGHTEN US ALL ON THE SECRET LIVES OF OUR CLERGY! UNFORTUNATELY…AM I SUPPOSED TO BELEIVE THE PARISHIONERS OF FR. MAKRIS …WHO DEMAND HE CONTINUE TO SERVE THEM EVERY SUNDAY….BECAUSE THE LEGITIMATELY CAN PROVIDE TESTIMONY TO THE CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY OF FR . MAKRIS…. AND IN FAR BETTER POSITION TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY TO THE ETHICS OF FR. MAKRIS … AND TRUST IN HIM!

    YET YOU APPARENTLY HAVE AN ORGANIZED AND PRE PLANNED AGENDA…. AND SUPPORTED BY TNH …A MEMBER OF THE CORRUPT JOURNALIST ..IN WHICH ONLY 14% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TRUST WHATEVER THEY SAY OR PRINT!

    SO STOP YOU CHARADE …OF CONCERN FOR WOMEN IN AMERICA … AND BE SATISFIED THAT YOU HAVE OPPORTUNISTICALLY EVOKED A NEGATIVE PR EVENT AGAINST THE ORTHODOX CHURCH!

    HOWEVER MICHAEL … I AGREE, THESE ACCUSORS … CAN FREELY GO TO OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM …AND CHARGE FR. MAKRIS WITH SEXUAL HARRASMENT OR ABUSE … WITH AN ATTORNEY…. AND PROVDE ALL THE EVIDENCE TO A DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF NEW YORK … AND HE WILL TELL HER WHETHER SHE HAS ANY MERIT OR FILE A CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE ORTHODOX CHURCH …IF SHE ACTUALLY HAS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS!

    IF SHE DOES NON OF THIS …THEN CLEARLY…THEY HAVE BEEN PART OF A SMEAR CAMPAIGN BY YOU AND THE OTHER POSTERS …IN COLLABORATION WITH TNH AND THE SECRET SOCIETY …THAT HAS BEEN SPONSORING …THIS CRIMINAL DEFAMATION OF THE CHURCH AND FR. MAKRIS!

    SO MICHAEL .AND THE REST OF THE RIGHTEOUS ..PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

  6. Hi Christians,

    Christmas!
    A journey of the heart,
    A renewal of the spirit,
    A pause to rekindle love and friendship.

    May you have silence to hear His quiet coming,
    My you have peace to feel love subtly stirring,
    May you have joy to respond with hope renewed.

    Fr. Matris’s return couldn’t happen at any other season.
    I wish you laughter, joy, and a happy heart,
    Warmth of love, good friends today and always.
    i wish you His peace in your life;
    I wish you His blessings.
    Praised be the Name of Jesus Christ, Now & Forever,

    A Christian

    May you have joy to respond eith hope renewed

  7. When asked about the social media protest, Fr. Makris told the Post, “I have no idea what the #ChurchToo movement is. Your sexual innuendos in your newspaper lead people toward sexuality. When you guys put and sell women with bathing suits and stuff like that, that’s OK, but when a priest was a human being also… let’s make a newspaper article. Ultimately, no matter what you want to say, my conscience is clear.”

    FR.MAKRIS….state what any informed citizen of America can agree on….The POST. TNH, and Mainstream media …are now sensational tabloids ..who now sell newspapers by promoting what the people of this society gravitate to …. the sexual scandals of Hollywood and our politicians. and the Maccabe! They freely …use banner handlines… to sensationalize …and evoke a feeding frenzy of hate groups who seize the moment ..to gain support for their secret movements of hate against their enemies!

    Only Michael …and his Vigilante group …with the assist of TNH….can tell us that Fr. Makris is quilty of sexual abuse of two nuns…based on Verbal allegations, by also telling us we should not believe the words of Father Makris, in refuting those allegations and suggesting that he admitted sexual misconduct …and was banned from the Orthodox Church..which was not true!

    He was suspended …which is normal protocal by any public organization..like the Police or Medical profession ..when any questionable conduct or malpractice in the performance of ones duty..is under investigation!

    Importantly… in all cases ..the people involved are referred to professional organizations for review and assessment!

    In the case of Fr.Makris …he was reviewed and deemed clearly fit …to practice his career as a clergy member of the Greek Orthodox Church … anywhere!

    You have lost your case and smear campaign in the other articles … and you have demonstrated vicious and emotional rage by demeaning the character and stability of anyone who refutes your Vigilante mob mind set …and screams blasphemy.!

    Importantly,,,,you expect the readers of your hate … to trust your unreliable testimony as Gospel ..over a man who has dedicated his life to the service of our lord …and to provide the most important principle and values to the faithful of his church…to live a life … of love and compassion …which no Government ., School or organization can provide on earth!

    On its worst days…our Greek Orthodox Church is far better than anything that exists today…something you obviously have not noticed!

    On its worst days….like when another group of hate mongers and vigilante mob demanded the crucifiction of a man … whose behavior offended those non believers in his church… and screamed epithets and claims of Blasphemy and then released a man named Barabbas .. a murderer and thief…just so they could crucify a man …whose behavior never justified his sentence!

    You are cowards and nothing more than the same people in the mob ..who shouted the loudest to crucify Christ… and to do exactly …what you are trying to do now… stop the gospel of the Original Church of Christ!

    You and TNh..continue your crusade against our church… and use innocent Nuns, who should not with …legal representation …be extorting compensation from the Archdiocese based on their allegations..but solicit help from the District Attorney of New York…who has already indicted 319 Catholic priests for sexual abuse of children!

    But no Michael … because …I would bet my last dollar …that the District Attorney..will find out exactly what the Archdiocese discovered …that their interpretation of inappropriate behavior …exceeds any standards by the laws of the State of New York!

    The problem for you …and why you should find a new project for your movement , because …crucifying Father Makris and the church ..will not stop the Orthodox Church ..it will merely.. grow ..just as it did …thousands of years ago!

    So go back to your reborn Christian evangelical scripts ..and look up ..what Christ thought of mobs like you! You should be happy with what TNH gave you …the opportunity to gain new followers to your hate group and movement against the Orthodox faith and its faithful!

    And the parishioners of Holy Cross…are not going to be outshouted by TNH and You…and this time ..there is no Crucifixion for you to enjoy!

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