A bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia took a swipe at Greek Americans in remarks following a church service at the All Saints parish in suburban Sydney, telling a visiting Metropolitan from Greece that “we Greek Australians are not like the Greeks in America.”
Bishop Seraphim of Apollonia, a high ranking bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia was giving welcoming remarks to Metropolitan Ignatios of Dimitriados, who was visiting Australia from his native Greece.
The Australian bishop went on to say that he should rest assured that Australian Greeks, clergy and lay people alike, remain faithful to Greece. He went on to say that “We Greek Australians are not like the Greeks in America.”
“We have helped Greece as an Archdiocese and we will continue to do so, because we, the Greeks of Australia are not like the Greeks in America. Here, we hold on more to the language, to the traditions and heritage” and calling Greek Australians “more genuine” than Greek Americans.
He goes on to thank God for allowing Greek Australians to prosper and build communities and institutions and prosper.
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