I know you are somewhat of a patriot, nothing wrong with that. But you are bringing up something as far as wealth is concerned that itself seems petty at best. Shall we remark on the Patriarch's Panagia (0golpion), made from Precious stone and Gold, and ancient at that. Shall we then take all the gold away from him and from the inside of the churches, and the vestments, and the icons, and those in Ukraine as well, and then apply the same pricipal to all the Orthodox churches around the world? My point is that a watch does not the entire wealth of Ukraine make, or Russia for that matter, which, if your calcualtions are correct, still gives the Russian Church 60% of all donations. I's a snippy arguement, and an unworthy one. St. John of Kronstadt recived many rich gifts, including vestments which he wore. We cannot criticize a Patriarch for recieving gifts. And we definitly can't guage his fitness as a leader thereby. Will you criticize all the Patriarchs and Bishops or even priests in this way? We cannot, brother, be so shallow as to make such things a point of arguement.