x

Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: Response to “A Wasted Archiepiscopacy”

To the Editor:

In “A Wasted Archiepiscopacy” by Anonymous, the writer said about former Archbishop Demetrios, “he has insisted on clinging to the prestige of his office.” This is totally untrue; Archbishop Demetrios is and was a humble man who guided his flock well. I attended many events and services that he was at, they were well attended, he was never demanding, and the faithful listed attentively to his inspirational messages in both Greek and English. Many members of the church wanted him to stay; “Anonymous” does not speak for all of us. We Greeks love to complain, I have seen and heard them complain about three different Archbishops and I am sure in a short time they will complain about the new one.

The author goes on to say, “The truth is that no one cares what Archbishop Demetrios thinks about Greece, ‘Macedonia,’ or Cyprus, least of all American politicians (not to mention the Greeks and Cypriots themselves).”

I personally do care along with many members of our church, and non-Greek politicians who have championed those causes, I was a 6 year old child visiting my grandparents during the invasion. It is still occupied and many of our churches are stables. It is possible the author of the article does not care, but many do. Also many faithful have and still given money to feed the hungry in Greece.

The author also says, “All signs of Church growth are down except for one, funerals.” Much of the Greek-American population is now past the first and second generation, there are no new waves of immigrants and the U.S. birth rate is down, naturally funerals will go up and weddings and baptisms will not be as high as the past. My parish is full on most Sundays and many youth care about the church. If “Anonymous” wants to make the church better he or she should start with themselves, by supporting our church leaders and not always criticizing them. We should remember what Christ said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you,” [Matthew 7:1-2 RSV].

As for St. Nicholas, many large projects suffer setbacks, nothing worthy is easy. I have and will give to it being finished; if we work together, we can succeed.

 

John Papas

Dumont, NJ

RELATED

To the Editor: Congratulations to the National Herald and to its staff for the valid and objective information they offer us.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Stuck at Sea for Years, a Sailor’s Plight Highlights a Surge in Shipowner Abandonment

Abdul Nasser Saleh says he rarely got a good night’s sleep during the near-decade he spent working without pay on a cargo ship abandoned by its owner at ports along the Red Sea.

NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators is going to a Baltimore-based actor, educator, choreographer and Broadway veteran who has created arts opportunities for everyone from kindergartners to senior citizens.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury deliberations in Donald Trump 's criminal hush money trial will enter their second day on Thursday after the panel began the weighty task a day before.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Partial results in South Africa's national election put the long-ruling African National Congress at below 50% of the vote as counting continued Thursday, raising the possibility that it might lose its majority for the first time since it swept to power under Nelson Mandela at the end of apartheid in 1994.

MADRID (AP) — More than six years since Catalonia’s separatist movement took Spain to the brink of rupture, the nation’s lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to a contentious amnesty for hundreds of secessionists in hopes of putting a definitive end to the traumatic episode.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.