Same Old Politics

BREAKING:

Out of respect for all signatories, the petition has now been taken offline until a new Metropolitan is elected.

We are speechless by the unprecedented move of the Patriarch to cancel the election of Bishop Sevastianos of Zela as Metropolitan of Chicago.

It is typical for the candidate with most votes to be approved by the Patriarch. For this to occur with no plausible reason given, wreaks of dirty politics that continue to govern the Greek Orthodox Church. 

This candidate was a promising one who exhibited humility and ethical leadership in his service to the Church. With this most recent news, our hope is diminishing that the Patriarch has the best interests of the flock at heart.

Nonetheless, we thank all of you who signed this petition, and who tirelessly sent your pleas to the hierarchy. Your efforts demonstrated to our church leaders that change was imperative, and unethical leadership cannot be tolerated.

In March of 2015, Greek Orthodox Christian Clergy & Laity (GOCCL) published this website to inform the public of serious abuses (spiritual and financial) occurring in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of blessed memory and Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos.  We also sought to provide a forum for those who were courageous and convicted enough to advocate for change in leadership to reverse the moral decay destroying our parishes.

Many clergy and laity who witnessed abuses in their parishes by these leaders (and the abusive clergy they sought to protect), sat idly in silence.  Some made excuses or even defended their actions.  Still others shamed or attacked those who spoke against such abuse.

But you, who signed our petition for change, did not.

We are grateful to all of you who endured negative pressure or intimidation from fellow brethren or Metropolis leaders in signing this petition and speaking out against the abuse.  We thank Fr. Angelo Artemas, and the courageous parish council members at the Annunciation Church in Milwaukee who were intimidated and punished by the Metropolis leaders, but did not run from their moral obligation to do what is right.

Matthew 5:10

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Most importantly, we thank our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!