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NEWS SERVICE" To: cpfinearts@...
> Subject: Meliton reinstated in position of influence
BARTHOLOMEW REINSTATES METROPOLITAN MELITON
Metropolitan Meliton Karras, soundly criticized for his involvement
in numerous bogus real estate transactions made by the Patmos
Monastery of Saint John The Theologian in the past fifteen years,
has been reinstated in a Patriarchate position of influence. Meliton
who had been Bartholomew's right hand for years, was recently
dismissed from his position as Chief-Secretary of the Phanar when
the Greek media began reporting on the Patmos financial
mismanagement. The dismissal was meant to absolve Meliton himself as
well as other Patriarchal officials of any connection to the Patmos
Bartholomew, assured by the Greek Government of Mr Kostas Karamanlis
that the Patmos incident will be kept out of the Greek press,
immediately ensured Meliton's comeback "through the backdoor." He
appointed Metropolitan Meliton as member of the Patriarchal
delegation sent to pacify the Jerusalem church leaders engaged since
February in a fierce power struggle.
Metropolitan Meliton, well known in the United States for his
connections to wealthy Greek Americans, refused to offer any comment
on his comeback.
Sent to you by Greek American News Service