Other Clergy Should Also be Defrocked

Author: Theodore Kalmoukos
Date Published: 09/21/2007

The defrocking of Rev. Nicholas Katinas, former longtime pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, which was officially carried out, finally, by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople on July 11, as we reported in the last week’s edition, should have been done a year and a half ago, when he was first accused of pedophilia, and which was officially admitted by the Archdiocese.

Let us remember for just one minute that the Archbishop himself, during a meeting of the Holy Eparchial Synod, first admitted this issue. Secondly, Assistant Archdiocese Chancellor Rev. Michael Kontogiorgis admitted that Mr. Katinas was accused of sexual abuse with minors during his visit to the Dallas parish, which Mr. Katinas had served for 28 years; and of course, we have the official news releases issued by the Archdiocese itself.

Despite all these things, Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, for their own reasons, did everything they could, within their capacity, to “save” Mr. Katinas. They were both unsuccessful, and their efforts were in vain, as the final outcome of this whole Katinas issue has proven.

Simply put, Demetrios and Isaiah managed to embarrass themselves and damage the reputation of our Church, and the good name of our Greek American community in general, using all kinds of foolish arguments