"Proini" - September 5, 1997
A New Turn
There can be no doubt --and we
pointed this out immediately-- that when one of our Greek American
newspapers writes about Patriarch Bartholomew's
"pyrrhic victory" during
his meetings with representatives of the Archdiocesan
Council and Archbishop Spyridon over the weekend at the
Phanar, this implies that "the war goes
A war which started very quickly,
almost immediately after the enthronement of Archbishop
Spyridon. It began with some comments here in America and
continued with leaks in the Athenian press (like those reported in the
"Vima", extracts of which you have
read in the "Proini"). All this talk is now being
recycled in America.
The source of all this is only one, and it is known
to everybody. Besides, all reports are facsimiles of
Currently, Archbishop Iakovos, the former Archbishop of
America, is in Greece. Mr. Taki
Gazouleas is traveling with him. Once he was his
spokesman; now he is his councilor and author of his
memoirs, as well as a collaborator with the "National
When Mr. Gazouleas was in Athens, he
made sure to invite about ten reporters to the Hilton Hotel. They all met in the hotel's basement. The Athenian journalists were informed "off the
record" and if any of them needed "more" information there
was the former Archbishop off to the side.
Of course, they were brought up to date
relatively fast, but at some point Mr. Taki was caught off guard when his Athenian colleagues put the question to him:
"What exactly are you now?"
"A reporter" he answered.
And so understandingly they posed a second question: "So why aren't you publishing this
information yourself as an exclusive report?"
[ Translated from Greek ]
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