A news.com.au article has sparked debate after alleging that His Eminence Archbishop Makarios has been residing in a $6.5 million investment property, purchased by the Consolidated Trust of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia. The Greek Orthodox Church of Australia allegedly purchased the apartment for the new Archbishop on December 20, 2019.
However, sources have confirmed to The Greek Herald that Archbishop Makarios is not currently living in the apartment, nor has ever lived there since his appointment as Archbishop of Australia 12 months ago.
The Honorary Secretary & Trustee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Consolidated Trust, Nicholas G Pappas AM, reportedly told news.com.au that the apartment was purchased by the Trust as an official residence for the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Australia.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs chairman confirmed that the Archbishop does not retain ownership of the property.
“The Trust, not the Archbishop, retains ownership of the property, as it does with other real estate assets of the Church. The Archbishop does not own any real estate or other assets,’’ he said.
“The Trust will not be making any further comment about the matter.”
It is understood that the sale itself is being used as part of a coordinated attack against Archbishop Makarios by other circles in Greece and Australia who view the primate as standing in the way of their own interests.