On their way back from a meeting of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Father Demetrios Frangos and Father Germanos Stavropoulos were in a car accient. A young woman high on PCP drove into their car while they waited a a stoplight and both priests were killed instantly.
The woman, a legal secretary with a seven-year-old daughter, had no previous police record, but admitted to having used drugs for 10 years. She was charged with murder and several other felonies. The tabloid headlines were especially vicious, referring to her as the “priest killer.”
Father Demetrios’ son, George, responded with forgiveness, not anger. He offered to help provide the woman with a lawyer and hoped if she was convicted the sentence would be short. He said, “The last thing my father would have wanted was to make an example [of her]. This woman is anguished and troubled to begin with… we have to look after the innocent one, the child. It is extremely important that her child eb told that we forgive her mother.”
George Frangos loved his father and grieved for him, but more important to him than “legal justice” was “divine justice” – that this woman and her little daughter know the love of Jesus Christ.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good tot hem that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. ~ Matthew 5:44