By Margaret Karakas
(In response to the news published in Greek New Online on June 3, 2021 regarding the $95 million raised for St.Nicholas)
Let’s call a spade a spade and speak openly with truth, honesty, and love as God commands us to live. Does anyone really care about the “Calatrava” Shrine? Or what AB Elpidophoros do or doesn’t do anymore? Is this “Shrine” actually going to save our souls from the depths of Satan and his demonic angelic hosts of the temporal world?
Isn’t whatever ‘new’ “news” is printed, still rather the same “old news”? The storylines haven’t changed one iota, yet the complicit propaganda media machine is still trying to convince readers that “action” is now taking place due to the outpouring of funds raised, while the characters REMAIN THE SAME.
If this construction project was run above board, like most real businesses in the real world, not only would the contractors have been fired, BUT the CEO would ALSO have been replaced long ago, as well as the Shrine committee along with their nefarious accountants and attorneys! Furthermore, and most importantly, if the St. Nicholas Church shrine had truly been edified by Christ himself, don’t you think it would have already been completed and opened to the public long ago?
How many more years does this infamous saga continue? Last I checked, the facts are still the facts:
Funds were raised in full well over a decade ago, several times over the original proposed budgeted amount YET, the “news” virtually remains unchanged to this day.
There is still no transparency, nor any explanation as to where the funds were misappropriated, by whom, to where, and for what purposes.
The fact that there have been no indictments, trials, convictions or jail time for those who absconded with the hard-earned money donated off the backs of many wealthy and working-class American Greeks is proof enough that the stolen funds and corruption surrounding the Shrine, have become an AFFRONT to God.
If the money has truly come pouring in to now ‘overfund’ the shrine with the liquidity of good ole C-A-S-H, I say get every subcontractor willing to work from where ever they may live, give them free housing, pay them a bonus for each day they show up for work in exchange for working 6 days a week tax free (if you can schmooze the beloved New York Mayor and Governor), UNTIL this debacle of an embarrassment is finished and over-with before more delays occur due to some sort of “hurricane”, “climate change”, “pandemic” or any other excuse which may come down the pike.
Since the Biden’s are well known to have “deep connections” within the ranks of the Archons, the upper echelon of the GOA Church, the Patriarchate and the Catholic Pope, perhaps Joe’s son Hunter, may have had a “hand” in coming up with the money which seems to come pouring in out of thin air?