The Dallas Morning News - May 1, 1999

Cleveland parish joins revolt against archbishop

A major Greek Orthodox parish in Cleveland has voted to withhold its monthly contribution to the national church because it is upset with the leadership of Archbishop Spyridon, who leads the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. At a special assembly Sunday, members of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral voted 157 to 17, with two abstentions, to withhold its $4,000 monthly contribution to the Stewardship Fund beginning in May. The money will be placed in escrow. The congregation is the largest contributor of the 50 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, said parish council president Richard Warren. The parish joins a handful of others across the nation that are withholding all or part of their stewardship contributions because of opposition to Archbishop Spyridon's policies, which they characterize as anti-democratic, heavy-handed and financially irresponsible.

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