I wouldn’t consider it necessary to respond to Mr. Savas Tsivicos’ letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew if we weren’t talking about the Supreme President of AHEPA – a historic organization with significant contributions to the Greek-American community and Greece. His letter includes a baseless attack against our colleague, and it seems that while the signature belongs to him, the voice is that of our Archbishop.
They apparently reproach our newspaper for revealing our Patriarch’s statements at the Holy Synod about the meeting he had with the representative of the Greek government, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Greek Ambassador to the USA, Alexandra Papadopoulou.
In this case, the issue is resolved with a simple question: Is what The National Herald published true or not? If it’s true, what are the accusations about? Isn’t it the duty of a newspaper with a strong sense of mission to inform its readers?
But if it’s not true, why aren’t they condemning us for that specifically? Why don’t they demand that we retract it?
Because everyone knows it is entirely true.
That’s why they ignore it.
We could conclude this commentary here if it didn’t contain a vile attack against our journalist who revealed the news.
Mr. Tsivicos writes:
“An article has come to my attention published in the National Herald by an individual who is opposed to our church, Theodore Kalmoukos. He has attacked our Archbishop and others for merely personal and probably financial reasons.”
This is not the first time we’ve criticized an Archbishop, nor will it be the last. However, our journalist, Theodore Kalmoukos, who has been our collaborator for many years, was never before accused of such things – that he attacks the Archbishop for for “merely personal and probably financial reasons.”
This is an attempt, knowingly, to tarnish the reputation of opponents, specifically this man who has made significant contributions to our Community and the Church.
We call on the Archbishop to directly address this matter.
And we call on Mr. Tsivicos to tell us all about the “personal and probably financial reasons” that Theodore Kalmoukos has.
Apart from the mud he throws at us, he also throws mud at anonymous individuals, promising to name them to the Patriarch.
“I am looking forward to visiting with you to discuss in person and in detail the current status of affairs and also analyze why certain people (by name) are working behind your back to destroy the Archbishop’s legacy here in the United States. These individuals promote unfounded allegations and division in the community so they can control our church.”
Finally, as is well-known, historically, AHEPA indeed supports the Church but it maintains a discreet distance from the incumbent Archbishop. This is the first time, if memory serves, that a supreme president of the Order of AHEPA has gotten involved in a dispute that concerns the Archbishop personally.
Did he have authorization for such a thing? Doesn’t his act threaten to divide the historic organization?