The National Herald article published yesterday (featured below), has reported that the Synod has decided to suspend Fr. James Dokos for one year, upon which it is assumed he can resume his priestly duties.
After denying guilt for several years, Fr. Dokos finally admitted guilt to the court on the day before his trial was to begin. We know of no verbal or written apology issued to the parishes damaged by Fr. Dokos, nor has any public remorse or repentance been displayed. Nor have the Metropolis of Chicago leaders apologized, shown any remorse, or even acknowledged their pathetic attempts to cover up a crime.
We are reminded once again, that the Greek Orthodox Church leaders don’t actually believe the tenets of the faith apply to them or their fellow ordained clergy!
And we are to trust that these leaders have our souls at heart? We wonder how many Orthodox faithful will be lining up to receive the Sacrament of Confession from Fr. Dokos next year, and will listen to his guidance on the importance of repentance for the salvation of our souls.
Fr. Dokos Suspended, Fr. Gounaris Defrocked
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016 | BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS
NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America during its spring meeting decided to punish Rev. James Dokos with a one year suspension for stealing money from a trust fund established by a parishioner in Milwaukie Wisconsin.
Dokos pleaded guilty to felony theft on February 22, 2016 admitting to stealing more than $100,000. He repaid the money, and if he stays out of trouble for a year and performs 40 hours of community service, the felony theft charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Recently the Spiritual Court of the Metropolis of Chicago recommended as punishment a one year suspension from his priestly duties. The Eparchial Synod agreed with that decision.
The Holy Synod also recommended the defrocking of Rev. Anastasios Gounaris for abandoning his parish, St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpons Springs, FL, and his family to go with his mistress to Crete, Greece and Canada.
Gounaris notified his parish and his bishop, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, via an e-mail from the airport as he was leaving. Details will follow.