“Did we create a monstrosity in North America?” So mused the Synod of Antioch in recent deliberations regarding Met. Philip and his demi-bishops. Most informed lay members of the archdiocese know the answer to that rhetorical one-liner: Yes, you did, and he has been forty years in the making. The real question is: What is the Synod doing about it? To all appearances, nothing.
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This site is intended as a resource for those seeking to redress the endemic ecclesial abuse and lack of financial accountability that is presently the norm within the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. The current state of affairs is directly attributable to Bishop Philip Saliba and a select group of close-knit sycophants with whom he has surrounded himself.
The sad fact is that the Synod, the Patriarch, our so-called 'diocesan' bishops and their clergy have remained, for whatever reason, resoundingly silent in publicly speaking out against the manifest wrongdoing emanating from Englewood. Such a profound failure of courageous Christian leadership only serves to encourage and prolong Philip's deplorable behavior.
It appears that any efforts seeking ecclesial accountability and fiscal transparency within our archdiocese will have to be undertaken by the laity at this juncture. While individually weak, we are strong when working together in common purpose, and can overcome the evil in our midst. It has happened before in the history of our Orthodox Faith. All that was then and is now required of each of us is the will to act boldly.
The plea then to those reading these words is to act now – silence is NOT an option. Philip cannot cast us all out of “his church.” We can, by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit, labor to overcome this evil and thereby leave a healthy and vibrant church for our children and grandchildren.
That is the challenge facing us. What then can we do? We can start by making others aware of the spiritual and moral corruption resident in Englewood. A good place to begin this endeavor is at home amongst our fellow parishioners.
Download one or more of the informational PDF pamphlets contained on this website. Print them out (double-sided), take a copy to a Kinko’s store near you and run off 50 or so copies (again, double-sided), fold them and then take ten minutes out of your Sunday morning before or after Divine Liturgy to hand them out to the people of your parish. As much as possible, try to avoid conflict, especially with your priest. Remember, we are called to be ‘wise as serpents, gentle as doves.’ A good strategy might be to simply hand the pamphlets out in the church parking lot; if all else fails in keeping the peace, simply leave copies on vehicle windshields.
At present, seven pamphlets have been prepared and are available below as PDF attachments. Others will be forthcoming (including one detailing the progression of the Philip's reprehensible actions in timeline form). All submissions and constructive comments are welcome. We may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org - please keep our archdiocese and those of us responsible for this website in your prayers.P.S. Despite what some have suggested, this site is not meant to be, nor will it become, a blog. It is meant solely as a host for resources with which to arm the sons & daughters of Antioch in overcoming the evil corrupting our archdiocese. Reasoned (and frequently heated) discussion is good and well; it can serve as a valuable tool to motivate us to action (this website being a product of such motivation). A few excellent blogs exist with this purpose in mind; two such are 'the LAMP-POST' and 'OCA News'. Visit them. Read and inform yourself. Loudly voice your angst. Then come back - roll up your sleeves - and get to work!