NICK XENOPHON M.L.C.
NO POKIES MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
disclosure earlier this week (in the
I am a
member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and I make this statement
spoken to many other members of the Archdiocese since the publication of the
article. I believe my views reflect those of an overwhelming majority of them -
I have yet to speak to a fellow member who has agreed with the Archbishop’s
comments - and it is important that the Archbishop’s letter should be the
subject of public comment.
purported ‘order’ that Archbishop Joseph leave
Many of us
have found Archbishop Stylianos’ letter to be deeply offensive and lacking in
Christian charity. I and many others believe Archbishop Stylianos’ letter is
subjecting the Church to ridicule in the wider community.
For Archbishop Stylianos to have reacted in this way and behave like an Immigration Minister with unchecked powers in ordering the ‘deportation’ of Archbishop Joseph, who is beloved and respected in Australia from his time as a Bishop in Adelaide and Melbourne, has angered and baffled many in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
Stylianos has further divided the Greek community at a time when its unity
should be a priority.
I only hope that Archbishop Stylianos will take immediate positive steps to heal the hurt he has caused to so many of his parishioners.
Written and authorised by Nick Xenophon, 653 Lower North East Road, Paradise, SA 5075