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Editorial

Is the Archdiocese Facing a Financial Crisis? And If So, Why?

The news revealed by The National Herald that the Archdiocese is requesting an increase in parish assessments hit the Greek-American community like a bolt of lightning.

So, the logical question arises: Why did they make this decision?

There is one explanation: The finances of the Archdiocese are in crisis, despite the different image projected by the Archbishop. Otherwise, they would not have made such an unpleasant decision given the current economic conditions of our communities.

This is the only way to interpret the decision to request a contribution increase of – make note of this – 5.9% (not 6%) and 3% for the next two years respectively.

Note that the budget for the year 2025 amounts to $27,540,000, and for the year 2026 that rises to $28,315,000. In 2023, the budget was $25,460,000.

And this is separate from the aid received from other sources, such as the Leadership 100 grants.

One really wonders where so many millions go. Even the financial aid to the Patriarchate is kept steady at $1.5 million. This is a small percentage relative to the total budget. Why not, for example, raise it to $2 million?

Are they funding schools, nursing homes, soup kitchens for the poor?

Of course not.

They spend lavishly on limousines, trips, promoting the Archbishop to pave the way for his advancement, and on cheap attacks against his critics in various media.

Note that the annual expenses of the office of the Archbishop will increase from $800,000 to $1,100,000. This amount does not include the Archbishop’s Correspondence Department, which increases from $200,000 in 2023 to $250,000. They must be receiving tons of mail!

Additionally, the Office of the Chancellor – Bishop Nektarios of Diokleia – from a budget of $580,000 in 2023, increases to $625,000 in 2026.

The Communications Department – Mr. Safioleas’ office – from $690,000 in 2023 and 2024 increases to $885,000 for 2026.

And we see the same trick a second time: Besides the Communications Department, there is also the Public Relations Department, whose budget for the years 2023 and 2024 was $200,000, while for the years 2025 and 2026 it increased to $235,000.

In other words, the budget for the promotion of the Archbishop reaches $1,120,000.

Meanwhile, the education budget increases from $260,000 to $314,000 for the year 2025, and to $330,000 for 2026.

It is clear from these and other examples that the budget that will be proposed to the upcoming Clergy-Laity Congress is a budget unrelated to the needs of our Archdiocese.

It is a budget related to the promotion and advancement of Mr. Elpidophoros to Patriarch.

Now, where will the communities find such money? no one cares. Let them figure it out. Let them increase the amount of souvlaki they sell at festivals and raffles.

Or let them send a clear message to the Archbishop: We will not pay. We can no longer afford to pay, nor can we tolerate the deceit.

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