It has been 6 months since Fr. James Dokos was suspended by the Synod after pleading guilty to criminal theft.
The residual damage continues for the two parishes scandalized by Dokos and the Metropolis of Chicago. Stewardship at both parishes has dropped dramatically and has yet to recover to pre-scandal levels. A recent letter went out to parishioners at The Annunciation Church in Milwaukee, exploring the prospect of closing their doors due to the inability to sustain the parish.
It has been well documented by the Chicago Tribune and National Herald, that Metropolitan Iakovos and Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago attempted to cover up theft by Fr. James Dokos, with the latter hierarch having received “gifts” from the stolen money.
Yet no statement or acknowledgement has been made by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America regarding the blatant immoral behavior and systemic corruption that is clearly evident among leaders of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.
These leaders remain, as does the corruption.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Greek Orthodox Church leaders refuse to uphold the very basic moral standard set forth by the faith, and thus, its’ branches will continue to wither.
“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
But why do you call Me ‘Lord’ and not do the things which I say?”
We ask this of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:
Why do you represent faith in Christ and His teachings, yet do nothing in the face of very evil deeds?