EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): It’s hard to find words to describe the disgust we all feel watching someone who pretends to be a leader of this Church and community be so hypocritical as to apply a gesture traditionally reserved for ladies after the age of European Romanticism, to male politicians and religious leaders alike. You may say that in the Church, hand kissing is reserved for respectful encounters with priests and hierarchs (although I can tell you that many faithful in Paris, France, had refused to kiss the hand of the then Met. Emmanuel in the aftermath of the Bulgarian escorts scandal). 

For the snail called Karloutsos, known for his limitless slimy flattery, kissing someone’s hand has been elevated to an art of pretentious self-deprecating; it shows fake respect to someone who has a nominally or practically superior position of power.  The last word, power, is the key here.  Karloutsos is always about power, and his “unique” way is, as we say in Greek, “to become a rag for someone to step on” – but only superficially. Because he uses this disgusting “technique” in the same way the beggars in the street use the tray: it always involves a “gift in return” – and that gift has always to do with money…

The most disgusting instances are the ones with dirty and corrupt politicians, by definition. Karloutsos does not discriminate: The dirtier the hand, the deeper the fake respect he shows. Let me stop here—I am sure you understand why.  And I am also sure his dirtiest hand kisses are the ones that were not photographed… Use your imagination…

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With the Pope during his visit to Constantinople…

With dirty Old-Joe… The dirtiest of all…

With his “pal”, Andrew Cuomo, Former Gov of NY…

And the most pretentious of all, kissing Elpi’s hand…

On Friday, May 24, 2024, Archon leadership greeted His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America as he arrived in Athens, Greece for the 4th Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The fact that he is a close friend of Joe Biden says it all. You don’t need to know anything else about the man when you know that one fact. “Tell me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are”

  2. Alex Karloutsos is not called Prince of Darkness for nothing…
    how unseemly for an Orthodox priest to be infamously linked to Satan?

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