The New York Post loves to sell papers with their unabashedly offensive headlines and stories. It seems no one is protected.
Not even hundreds of thousands of New York area Greek Orthodox Christians who celebrated the holiest and most festive day of the year on Sunday.
Some, while flipping through the Sunday Post, while sipping on their morning coffee and chomping on the Tsoureki, came upon this:
The story is about the U.S. Attorney and the New York Attorney General both launching investigations against the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on the management– (or mismanagement?) of millions of dollars in donations that were earmarked for the rebuilding of St. Nicholas at Ground Zero.
The story questions the massive budget increase– from $30 million originally, which many thought was already way too much for a Church, to over $80 million now.
What was supposed to be the new face of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Church in America, the newspaper writes, is now a “national embarrassment.”
The paper cites a letter by Jerry Dimitriou, the former executive director of the Archdiocese who was involved in the details of the project– but was forced out by Archbishop Demetrios.
Dimitriou repeatedly warned the Archbishop of cost overruns but was ignored.
The Archdiocese has confirmed that government officials are investigating the finances of the Church but did not mention specifics, according to a rare Holy Week press release on April 3.
The New York Post released the story online Saturday evening, April 7, just as millions of Greek Orthodox Christians were preparing for Holy Saturday evening Resurrection services.
The print version appeared in the Easter Sunday edition the following day with the headline “Dome and Dumber.” The story also included a quote from a former Church activist in Washington DC who said “these aren’t the Greeks that built the Parthenon.”
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