By Nick Stamatakis
As you can see in our main photo, the event in Saint Nicholas of Ground Zero on Saturday evening was a “wedding”. It had all the symbolism of an Orthodox wedding, the crowns, and everything else… Only that this time an Orthodox was allowed to marry a non-baptized Jewish person in Church!! Did you notice the person wearing a yarmulka on the right of the photo? Probably a member of the groom’s family…
From what we see, the officiating priest was Fr. Villis, the chancellor of the Archdiocesan District, and also present was Fr. Andreas Vithoulkas, who left no doubt to anyone: he was calling this sacrilege a “wedding” left and right with no shame at all… God sent plenty of signs of his wrath, and it was raining “cats and dogs” in NYC all Saturday – but they were not phased!.. They went ahead with the “wedding”!
(Parenthesis/Update: We are being told that Karloutsos was also present at Saint Nicholas and some rumors fly around that he baptized the groom. If this is correct the couple or the families need to issue a clarifying statement. It was the couple’s website that announced two ceremonies, and thus they violated the Canons of the Church. And it is their obligation to make corrections. It’s not Helleniscope’s business to verify every little rumor – we are focused on the most important facts. But if the baptism actually took place recently, then we have to assume that no Jewish ceremony took place at Cipriani. Or did it?)
UPDATE 7 pm: One of our readers noticed in a photo published at TNH that the groom was wearing his “kippah” as he was dancing with the bride at Cipriani… In other words, unless this was a “mistake” on his part, Mr. Goldburg appeared dancing here as a devout Jewish faithful – this is precisely the meaning of kippah, being devout to the Jewish faith. The families need to make a statement and GOA also need to make a statement… Fr. Villis and Fr. Vithoulkas – what is really going on?
Maybe this is why they prefer calling Saint Nicholas a “Shrine” and a “multi-denominational or interfaith bereavement center” and not a Greek Orthodox Church. Maybe this is why the “marketing” team of GOA had started advertising Saint Nicholas as a “destination ceremony” place, a luxury “photo prop”… They will be charging the proper fees for such a ceremony, no doubt…
They closed Saint Nicholas to the public for two full days, Friday and Saturday, apparently to decorate and to preclude any curious passersby… The entrance was by invitation only. But the photos eventually came to us – people will never stop fighting for their faith… Elpidophoros, the ultimate Phanariot, was “whistling indifferently”: While everybody knows he is very close friends with Michael Psaros, and under normal circumstances, he would never miss the “wedding”, he conveniently disappeared and he is not to come back for many days. He can stay away for as long as he wants: He has no place in this Church anymore…
This is the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back” or the “drop that made the glass overflow”… We have information on reactions from all levels of this Church, including many Archons and others who had served close to previous Archbishops. They tell us: “This was it”… Totally unacceptable… If this passes, then what is the reason to call ourselves Orthodox? Orthodox as opposed to what denomination or religion? If this passes what is the next step? Let me tell you what might be the next step: A wedding of Turkish President Erdogan’s son or daughter in Saint Nicholas with a Christian… I am exaggerating of course: Their “mufti” (religious judge/scholar) would never allow a Muslim to marry a Christian!!
And when the Archbishop leaves where is he going to go? It’s already rumored that the best place for Eplidophoros would be the monstrous pan-religious Abrahamic House in Abu Dhabi!! This is where he truly belongs!!
This Church cannot take any of his novelties anymore… And the Greek community has had enough of his political games!! Let me count the ways he betrayed our faith and our ethnicity since before he was enthroned:
- Even before arriving in New York, he promoted Papism in Orthodoxy through his writings on “First Without Equals”. In Orthodoxy, 2,000 years of Canons affirm the rule “First Among Equals”…
- He approved “multiple spoons” for Holy Communion with the excuse of the pandemic. But humanity had countless pandemics and no one ever used multiple spoons…
- He formally accepted Turkish diplomats in the Archdiocese and the same was done by some Metropolitans. And two years ago, he took part in the inauguration of The Turkish House in NYC – despite the warnings of Greek and Cypriot diplomats…
- In the “Big, Fat, Greek, Gay Baptism” and elsewhere, he accepted homosexuality as not a sin. What is next? Is adultery, not a sin? Is theft, not a sin? Judging from what the “woke” D.A. in Manhattan and other big leftist/liberal cities do, yes, theft is not a crime anymore, so why call it a sin? That’s why San Fransico is empty of stores, everyone left because “theft is not a sin”… This Church, all of us, have our doors open to all – because we are all sinners!! But we know what sin is – we do not turn sin into a virtue!!
- He even attempted to allow women into the sanctuary a week ago… But thanks to priests and others who gave us the information, this novelty did not pass in the NJ Clergy-Laity Congress…
Enough is enough… We had enough of Elpidophoros and his novelties, along with his total inability to preach the Faith. Every time he tried, he sounded empty like a “tinkling cymbal”… We had enough of his attempts to monopolize our national symbols, the Evzones, and try to make a profit – financial and political – out of them… We had enough of his political preaches on Ukraine and lately, on Africa… What a coincidence!! Anyplace on Earth he goes or cares about has to do with how to stop the Russians!!
This Church is not about geopolitics in Ukraine, Africa, and the Middle East and this community is not about your “woke”, leftist, liberal idiocy. This community was, is, and will ALWAYS be CONSERVATIVE. This community believes in God, in Country, and in Family!! We will NEVER change to accommodate your deranged political fantasies!! We will not destroy our children’s lives to teach them that “God brought them to life with the wrong gender”!! Nature may make a mistake or two, but God finds ways to correct even those few mistakes!! Faith overcomes all problems and lack of Faith is the cause of most problems!!
IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO GO!! YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS IN AMERICA ANYMORE!! GO BACK TO TURKEY, GO TO ABU DHABI, go anywhere but leave us alone!! YOU ARE DONE, FINISHED, IN AMERICA!! AND DON’T FORGET TO TAKE THOSE WHO YOU BROUGHT HERE ILLEGALLY BACK WITH YOU!!
The People Do Not Want You, Take Your Turks and Go!!”
Δεν σε θέλει ο Λαός, πάρ’ τους Τούρκους σου και μπρος!!
AND IF PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW DOES NOT REMOVE YOU NOW THEN THE PATRIARCH IS EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE AND HE HAS TO RESIGN!!
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