Dear readers,

There is a well-known saying that goes “you can fool some people all of the time, and all people some of the time, but you can’t fool all people all of the time” (and small variations thereof). This statement is true and applies especially to con-artists and compulsive liars – eventually their lies catch up with them and they are found out. Sadly, as recent revelations have again confirmed, such is the case with our “venerable Metropolitan” Mr Kanavas.

In the light of these recent revelations, and in honour of the George Street Greek Festival (which is being held this weekend), we thought it might be interesting & timely to revisit an old post that we captured by Mr Kanavas way back in November 2011, when our Facebook page was still running. On this occasion we criticised GOCSA (and particularly the parish of “St Nicholas”) for planning to serve meat at their inaugural George Street Festival, when the festival was being held during a fast when meat & dairy are not permitted (an error they have repeated this year). In response, Mr Kanavas hit back with criticisms against the Monastery of St Nectarios and the Parish of St Nicholas, Wallaroo:

Mr Kanavas claims (in 2011) that he has been a priest for 13 years

Mr Kanavas claims (in 2011) that he has been a priest for 13 years (and no, St Nicholas @ Wallaroo did not offer meat during the Christmas fast).

Mr Kanavas’ unfounded counter-criticisms

Although it is not the main thrust of our post, nevertheless it behooves us to briefly mention that all of his counter-criticisms are completely misguided:

  • It is not unheard of for monasteries to be in cities (eg, the famous  Monastery of Stoudios in Constantinople, not to mention Mr Kanavas’ own former brotherhood when he was in Jerusalem!)
  • Monasteries often relax (but not break) a fast by allowing fish if it coincides with the feast day of their patron saint.
  • Finally, the Parish of St Nicholas at Wallaroo disappointed Mr Kanavas’ expectations by adhering to the Christmas Fast during their celebrations (fish was served, but no meat or dairy).

When did Mr Kanavas become a priest?

But now to our main reason for bringing up this old post: Mr Kanavas’ age. There is clearly a degree of confusion about how old Mr Kanavas is. As Mr Haros pointed out in his letter, this question matters because there is a certain minimum age before a person is permitted to become a bishop.

The above post from Facebook really throws a spanner in the works. Note that Mr Kanavas claimed to have been a priest for 13 years! If this were true, that would mean that he has been a priest for 15 years now (the comment being two years ago). So how old was he at the time he was ordained a priest???

  • If he is 35 now (old enough to be a bishop), he was a tender 20 years of age or younger when he was ordained a priest!
  • If he is 27 or 28 (as suggested by Mr Hunt & Mr Haros respectively), then that would make him just 12 or 13 years of age when he was ordained a priest!

Whichever way you look at it, this is impossibly young for him to have been ordained a priest. Clearly he was exaggerating severely when he claimed to have been a priest for 13 years.

Has Mr Kanavas been reporting the length of his “priesthood” in dog years? Image source: Dog Years.

And when did he become a deacon?

Complicating the matter further is the fact that we know that he was still a deacon in Jerusalem in June 2008, when he was deposed by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. After that he spent a year in military service in Greece, so the earliest he could have been pseudo-ordained to the priesthood would have been in 2009. And yet, a mere two years later in 2011, he claimed to have been a priest (not merely a deacon) for a full 13 years!

Perhaps in the parallel universe where Mr Kanavas lives time passes much more quickly, so that two of our normal Earth-years are equivalent to 13 of his… Or perhaps he’s using dog-years???

Conclusion

While the above was written for a bit of a laugh and the subject matter may seem trivial, nevertheless there is an important message to take home from this (which has only been reinforced by recent events) – Mr Kanavas is loose with the truth (to put it kindly). Whether it be passing off others’ sermons has his own, to lying about his age, to lying about his tertiary qualificationsanything he says (even on apparently trivial things) must be taken with a pinch of salt.

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