A LETTER TO "THE HELLENIC CHRONICLE"
July 14, 1997
To the editor of the Hellenic Chronicle:
As a student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, I
am deeply concerned about a story that appeared in your July 12 issue. It makes unsound
assertions with invalid implications. While it states that the "Dismissals ... put
the institution at risk, "a closer look at the facts will reveal that it is the
disgruntled reassigned priests and one former professor, not His Eminence Archbishop
Spyridon, who are acting to the schools' detriment.
The story rests on one basic, very erroneous assumption; namely,
that the Theological School, as an institution, is an entity that is independent of the
Church. But we all know that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese gave birth to the school, and
the Church still provides $4.15 million in funding for the school's annual budget, which
is listed at roughly $6.5 million. As such, the Church can intervene whenever it deems
necessary, even though the school has its own corporate bylaws.
The bylaws, for all practical purposes, have been set up for the
school's day-to-day operations, but when the school's administrative affairs have gone
awry, the Church can and should step in to rectify the problem. This should not be viewed
as something strange or out of the ordinary. In the United States of America, a parent
organization commonly intervenes when its children (often referred to as subdivisions in
the corporate world) misbehave.
As a student of our holy Theological School, I feel the need to
remind your readers that the school is not only an academic institution. It is where young
men are trained for the priesthood. It is therefore also, and primarily, an extension of
the Church itself. To treat it otherwise, as some now-former members of the faculty have
done, would be an egregious mistake.
As a former journalist myself, as well as a student who lives on
campus eight months a year, I have closely and carefully observed the events at Holy
Cross. The Archbishop is definitely proceeding in the appropriate manner. Most of the
mature students share my sentiments. For future reference, please try to remember that the
school is part of the Church, and that the theological students also have a voice. Thank
you for your consideration.
Evan C. Lambrou
156 Honness Lane - Ithaca, NY 14850
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