The Greek church is making the incredible claim that it is on the verge of bankruptcy. That, even though a vast number of its priests and clergy draw a government salary every single month. In addition, the church possesses huge amounts of land, property and other assets, which it does not even have to account for. And Athens Cathedral has just finished being restored with state money.
“According to the director of the financial services of the Greek Church, father Salonon Antonios, “The Church’s income nowdays has decreased by 75% compared to 2008. Then, the annual budget was 23 million euros, while now it’s around 6 million euros.”
Really, Father Salonon! Then the Greek church should not organize vast conferences in luxury hotels in Greece such the first International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care will take place on May 7-9, 2015, at Divani Apollon Hotel in Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece with a private beaches and swimming pools.
There is evidence of tax evasion on a scale the Troika should look into.
Read the latest draft of my charges against the Larisa police and state prosecutors and Orthodox church clergy here and be amazed at what villainous crooks there are among the clergy, especially the Bishop of Volos.
The local people have a very low opinion of the Orthodox church. The prevailing opinion is that the Greek church is very powerful, very rich, and very corrupt.
One Larisa local told me he had been warned not to go Mount Athos because of the risk of being raped by monks. Pause to think about that. A middle aged, fit, married man with a child is being warned by other local people that monks on Mount Athos could rape him, and cover it up. I find that staggering, but plausible after my experiences.
As far as my case is concerned, the Greek church can sell every single monastery, church and relic in the country to pay me my money back and compensation. The less Greece sees of the Orthodox church, the better. My experiences suggests their monasteries are among the most dangerous, lawless places on the planet earth. The truly saintly individuals are rare and generally powerless as far as I can see.