By Nick Stamatakis
Please take a careful look at our main photo. It’s from the Archbishop’s visit to Los Angeles’ Saint Sophia Cathedral on March 27, 2022, for the celebration of the Veneration of the Cross, quite a big holiday… Here it is again:
How many people are attending? About 60 or so in an area where many thousands of Greek Orthodox people live, while several other Greek Orthodox Churches are within driving distance from Saint Sophia. Former Archbishop Dimitrios would have no trouble filling the pews and the standing areas… Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory would fill two or three churches of that size thirty years ago… We all know that in a hierarch’s visit priests and faithful from neighboring parishes will make every possible effort to attend the services. Not for AB Elpidophoros…
This may explain the “sympathy visit” to the hospital, where the doctors suggested rest for a day or so… A similar situation happened last fall during Pat. Bartholomew’s visit to Washington DC, where there were empty seats in the pews – unheard of… During a Patriarch’s visit to the nation’s capital, with an Orthodox population of tens of thousands in a 30-mile distance, they were empty seats…
In Los Angeles, I am sure there were other events planned for his Eminence, where the Archbishop did not want to be seen – and photographed – among such a small audience… Such is the dislike for AB Elpidophoros among clergy and laity that only a few people were attracted to his presence… And they are very much justified: Why should the faithful respect and celebrate an archbishop who, first watered down the Orthodox faith and, second, on every possible occasion shows his respects to the Sultan and the Pashas of Turkey, his “effendis”, instead of strengthening the Greek community’s ties to Greece and protecting and defending Greek interests against the eternal enemies of Hellenism who still today illegally occupy Cyprus and violate Greek sovereignty on a daily basis. While he, in every one of his speeches, cares more about “Ukraine”… And even there, he and the Patriarch, do not show serious support for the Greek community of Eastern Ukraine because they are … Russian-speaking and under the Moscow Patriarchate…
As I have said many times, the Archbishop’s position and presence in America is untenable… There is a TOTAL disconnect between the faithful’s loyalties and the leaderships’… And there is no Church – and no Archbishop – without followers…
For the younger people among us, I would like to bring up the other side of the story of the Saint Sophia Cathedral – and it has to do with his founder, the one and only Spiro Skouras, the late founder and CEO of 20th Century Fox. If I recall the story correctly, Spiro Skouras insisted that this beautiful Church, sitting on very valuable property, would be operating as part of the foundation established by the Skouras family. Several times AB Iakovos tried to convince him to turn the property over to the parish, so GOARCH have some control over it, to no avail. Skouras was too smart to let the always greedy (for money and for power/control) hierarchy to let them have this jewel of a church…
PS. This main photo is not our own photo – we took the photo from GOARCH.com (link here).
April 7, 2022, firstname.lastname@example.org www.helleniscope.com
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Wow, how sad!
You reap what you sow…. there is an effect for everything people do or say, and that the effort a person puts into something will be rewarded appropriately in this life or the next.
Elpi and Bart are most egregious, and hopefully more faithful are catching on…..
Yes more & more orthodox faithful are catching on, the news is getting around & the pews will get emptier.
Charlatan Archbishop Elps needs to offer serious apologies — but that’ll be the day.
Very true and how sad!
Your FIRED Elpi!
Three and the koukos!!!!
People don’t want to hear his repetitive speeches about Ukraine nor do they care for his globalist agenda!
Είχε την εντόπιση μάλλον ότι είναι όλοι είναι χαζό Αμερικανακια!
A Christian hierarch should be preaching the Gospel, salvation and new life in Christ.
Agree JK! As long as the negligence, conflicts of interest and lack of teaching the orthodox faith continue membership will decline. Churches will become even more empty and churches will be sold off!
The numbers may continue to decline even if the Gospel is preached, but nevertheless that is responsibility of a clergyman. I think ot the words of St. Paul, “preach the word : be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with patience.” And again “for I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” We need hierarchs who preach Christ not Hellenism. Only Jesus saves not Hellenism.
“We need Hierarchs who preach Christ not Hellenism, only Jesus saves not Hellenism”.
Thank you JK!