Catsimatidis Will Take Legal Action Against Slanderous Bloggers

John Catsimatidis, Vice Chairman of Archdiocesan Council, is speaking about St. Nicholas at an October 17, 2019 meeting in New York Midtown Hilton New York. (Photo by GOA/ Dimitrios Panagos)

BOSTON – Prominent Greek-American businessman, philanthropist, and community leader, John Catsimatidis, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council, in an exclusive interview with The National Herald revealed that he is suing certain slanderous bloggers on the internet for spreading false information about him, the Archbishop, and the Archdiocese. He said he is going against “one in Florida and one in New York for ten million dollars each.”

He made clear that he is going to go all the way. He has hired the top lawyers and he is going to pay all the legal fees personally. He said that “the lawsuits will be filed within a week or two.”

Catsimatidis also spoke about the funds that have been raised for the completion of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York. The entire interview follows:

The National Herald: How are things going for St. Nicholas?

John Catsimatidis: I am very happy because between Fr. Alex [Karloutsos] and other individuals we raised 39 million dollars for the completion of St. Nicholas in the last forty days.

TNH: How much more should be raised to complete the church?

JC: I think we are almost there and I think additional monies will be raise to go to an endowment for the Church and possibly reestablish the Foundation the Archdiocese always had under Archbishop Iakovos.

TNH: Faith – Am Endowment for Hellenism and Orthodoxy contributed 20 million dollars to St. Nicholas. What about Leadership 100?

JC: We have a meeting with them in a couple of weeks.

TNH: How much do you expect from them?

JC: I can’t predict; we are going to have a discussion and there are a lot of very great generous people and we hope they will make a contribution in Leadership’s name.

TNH: What about the millionaires and billionaires we have in our Community, are they going to contribute for St. Nicholas?

JC: We received ten million dollars from Spanos Foundation, twenty millions from Faith, Mary Jaharis is completing, I believe, the commitment Mike Jaharis made for five or six million, George Marcus gave three million.

TNH: Are you going to contribute yourself?

JC: I gave a million last month for St. Nicholas and another million fulfilling my contribution to Faith.

TNH: How are things going at the Archdiocese?

JC: Some low-life people are writing negative conversations on Web Sites about me, Fr. Alex, the Archbishop, and the Archdiocese, I have made a decision we are going after them.

TNH: In what way?

JC: Legally. They have a very-very bad reputation themselves.

TNH: When do you plan to file the lawsuits?

JC: Next week or two. There is one guy in Florida in the Tampa-Clearwater area and there is one guy in New York. We are going to sue them for ten million dollars each.

TNH: Are you going to sue them on behalf of the Archdiocese?

JC: I am suing them on behalf of myself, my friends. I will be paying the lawyers; the Archdiocese will not be spending any money.

TNH: Have you hired the lawyers?

JC: We have top lawyers.

TNH: What is making you do this Mr. Catsimatidis?

JC: Because I believe in our Church; I believe in the Archdiocese and people that put out false information on the Internet should be held accountable. The way to hold them accountable is that you force them into court and they have to repeat what they said under oath. All the stuff they are saying it is grossly wrong.

TNH: Are you also going against the internet companies?

JC: It is up to lawyers. We are definitely going against the individuals.

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Thank you John and to everyone who is helping with St. Nicholas! I hope John wins this against these haters! The cowards who trash talk others behind a computer would never do it your face. All of these “bloggers” need to be exposed and made an example of, if they are actually spreading falsehoods and rumors.

    1. Niko,
      you save your own assumption for the last phrase. “IF they are actually spreading falsehoods and rumors.” What if THEY are the ones telling the truth?! The failures the Archdiocese has owned up to were discovered only because outsiders forced them to do so. For decades they told us that we have no right to know the financials of OUR OWN CHURCH. (which BTW, is in breach of US tax law)

      Mr Catsimatidis can sue anyone he chooses. He has the financial power and political connections to truly punish anyone. But that sounds more like a proud Greek, than a VP of the Archdiocesan Council.

      Can you imagine this “shrine” being built by sheer forceful determination and few Orthodox Christians wanting to step foot in it? Frequented primarily by Chinese tourists, wearing surgical masks, looking for a bathroom.

      The Church will continue to lose parishioners because it doesn’t view transparency and its own credibility as paramount. It will continue to struggle and shrink instead of being what it rightfully should be: the true body of Christ and the predominant Christian denomination on the globe.

      If these journalists are sued for voicing dissent, I’ll give my money for their defense, rather than to a disingenuous church that mishandles what money it gets, reneging on what it claims when it asks for money.

      I have served my church for 5+ decades, and I ‘trash talk’ too. So sue me.
      I foresee empty churches attended only by a few rich men in nifty jackets. They…

    2. Hey Niko…there is a journalist . named Julanne Assange ..who published information which indicted Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Bush Jr. for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq, He also published information ..about Hillary Clinton, DNC and CNN in there collusion to steal the nomination of Bernie Sanders! Additionally , he provided information …that Hillary Clinton made Saudi Arabia ..the number one arms customer in the world of the United States! The problem…NIko…is he published emails which demonstrated that Hillary and Joe Biden were fully aware that those arms were going to the Sunni Muslim Jihadist of ISIS , AL Queda , Al Nustra and any other fanatical terrorist group willing to overthrow the government of Syria … and killing thousands of Orthodox Christians under the protection of Dr. Assad .the elected President of Syria!

      In response, the Oligarks and Billionaires who own the US government ..like Ahepan Robert Menendez …ordered the prosecution of Julianne Assange for espionage for speaking the truth which they call releasing classified information!
      Julianne Assange ..is in a prison in England awaiting possible Extradition to U.S to face these charges of Espionage, not that anything he said or published was not fully documented with evidence.but designed to shut him up ..and send a message to others that you will face overwhelming financial and personal attacks
      for telling the truth!

      ..

  2. Absolutely —
    it’s horrible, the dark side of internet bloggers!
    Is he referring also to creepy Nick Stamatakis the one who relentlessly slanders our Vicar Gen. Alex “the sacrificial lamb”? But can Cats really do it?

    I campaigned for John Catsimatidis in New York when he ran for Mayor — he’s genuine good guy and it’s terrible he lost to such a disgrace as Deblasio. He was magnanimous throwing us a big party at Town Hall even though he lost.
    Cats would’ve made a fun mayor; I remember he talked of doing a world’s fair & always said it like it is, no PC….
    You go John!

    1. He would’ve made a great mayor! Sleepy lazy Deblasio is the worst mayor , other than Dinkins, that NYC has ever had!

    2. cont…

      Castamidis practices the oldest criminal trick in the world ..using money as a tool of war against anybody that threatens his or his allies credibility!

      Was it not ..Castaminides and his other oligark Greek Secret Society billionaires, who somehow with Greek Secret Society publisher Diamataris ..publically wrote a letter which .stated that “HE WAS ” the self proclaimed leader of the Greek Community! LIKE THE GREEK SECRET SOCIETIES WHO SERVE THE GLORY TO AMERICA AND ISRAEL MASONS…WHO ALSO ADVISE ME AND OTHER GREEK AMERICANS ..THAT THEY ARE THE SELF APPOINTED LEADERS OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY ..NOT ELECTED BY ME OR ANYBODY ELSE!

      IS IT NOT CASTATIMIDIS ..WHO CALLED THE NEW YORK TIMES BLOGGERS ..FAKE NEWS PUBLISHERS FOR SMEARING ARISTOCRATIC STOOGE PUPPET ..AND U.S AGENT KYRIAKOS MISTOTAKIS … AS BEING A NEO CON RIGHT WING RULER OF GREECE! IS HE GOING TO SUE THEM? I DON’T THINK SO ..SINCE , THE NEW YORK TIMES HAS MONEY ..WHILE HE CAN BULLY A SOME DEPLORABLE INFERIOR PEASANT!

      YES ..CASTA…WHEN YOU DECLARED YOURSELF A PUBLIC LEADER ..AND BEGAN REPRESENTING THE NEW ARISTOCRACY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE RUN BY BART ..WHO SERVE OLIGARKS ..LIKE VICTOR PORCHENKO, THE FORMER NEO NAZI BILLIONAIRE LEADER OF THE UKRAINE.. WHO IS NOW INDICTED FOR CORRUPTION , AND INTRICATELY CONNECTED TO THE BURISMO SCANDAL WITH ANOTHER OF YOUR IDOLS ..JOE BIDEN TO SEPARATE THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH FROM THE UKRAINE….YOU BECAME ..JUST LIKE PORCHENKO…OPEN SEASON

  3. Well, what’s interesting is that there are many very, very negative remarks published in the National Herald in response to articles concerning St. Nicholas and the people he mentioned. It is notable that Mr Kalmoukos did not ask Mr Catsimatidis to identify the two people he is going to sue.

    1. Wouldn’t it be Nick Stamatakis?
      Have you seen his vicious attacks on dear Vicar Gen Alex?

      PS – Happy Valentine’s Day to all fighting for St Nicholas church!

  4. Antonis , time will tell who is telling the truth and who is covering things up. The stench smell always rises to the top. Ofcourse we need transparency and we never really got it. But I will always support our church no matter what the scandals, or alleged scandals may be. No man or men doing evil in our church will turn me away from the church. John Catsimatidis has used his success and his influence in the city to do great things for our community, one example is the Greek parade being televised every year on 5th Ave. Something very few of us can pull off. Not that us smaller people don’t have a lot to offer the church as well. And yes, our attendance is declining but not do to scandals. All Christian churches throughout this country are declining. Only the immigrant communities are thriving. Millennials aren’t going to church, they are the “me” generation and what have you done for me lately’s. This is why are churches are emptying.

  5. Cats had better watch out he doesn’t open a Pandora’s box he cannot close……the truth is an absolute defense to slander and to libel…..I am not advocating who is or who is not telling the truth……..just BEWARE……litigation brings depositions where the witnesses are sworn to tell the truth…..I can just anticipate which witnesses will indeed be called: Archbishop Demetrios, Bishop Andonios, Fr. Karloutsos, Mr. Demetriou, the entire staff of the Archdiocese, the Archdiocesan COuncil…….and to whomever and wherever the money trails leads…all to the detriment of our Church…….

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