It seems that Mr Kanavas is now even attracting the attention of the TV news. On last night’s ABC news there was a brief piece about the developing scandal we mentioned in our last blog entry. You can see the clip here on the ABC web site.

Most of it we had already heard and commented on in the previous blog entry, but there were a couple of interesting additional pieces of information:

  • Federal Senator Simon Birmingham suggested that the amount that St Nicholas received was “way out of whack” with the average grant under the noise alleviation program, and also comes a lot later when the program was supposed to be finalised. He plans to investigate the matter further in the Senate Estimates Committee.
  • There was a clip from Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese who was defending the decision by comparing it to a grant of $5.7 million received by St George College. However, in line with what Senator Birmingham said, on the surface of it St Nicholas is quite a bit smaller than St George College and hence (one would assume) wouldn’t need as much money. We reserve judgement for now and suppose that we’ll find out more on this matter if Senator Birmingham goes ahead with his promise to investigate at Senate Estimates.
  • Most interestingly, there was again confirmation that the complaints made to police had come from within the St Nicholas community. This time however they gave the additional information that the complaints were concerning “financial matters“.

We suppose that we’ll just sit and watch this unfold, continue to pray for unity, and also to pray that the good people of St Nicholas (of which we are sure there are many) aren’t hurt too much in what is to come. What we fear most is that the good name of “Orthodox Church” is being sullied by association with those who are illegitimately claiming to be Orthodox, and that many (both at St Nicholas and those outside the Church) will be turned off of the Church altogether as a result. We pray that instead of rejecting the Church altogether people will instead simply reject the false Church and insist that they get properly ordained & authorised priests who are in communion with the world-wide body of the Orthodox Church.

We also encourage anyone at St Nicholas who might have knowledge of the “financial matters” that they are talking about to not be afraid to speak up and bring it to the attention of police so that the matter can be thoroughly investigated and appropriate actions taken to protect those who may have been hurt by financial impropriety.