In Greece, church’s tangled ties with government raise questions

By Michael Birnbaum 30/5/2012 ATHENS — With this Mediterranean nation’s finances on life support, some here have turned to the church for spiritual succor. Others say the government needs its cold, hard cash. The Greek Orthodox Church has long been not just a religious force but also an economic one, with a stake in the Greek National Bank, ...

Papandreou Wants Church to Pay More

Andy Dabilis 8/10/2011 ATHENS – Stung by criticism it is exempt from a new property tax being imposed on Greek citizens and has largely escaped the austerity measures imposed on the people, the Greek Orthodox Church is reportedly considering ways to help – but apparently only because Prime Minister George Papandreou is set to put the squeeze ...

Deputy Foreign Minister Dollis & Patriarch Theophilos Conduct Positive Meeting

Apostolos Papapostolou 25/1/2011 A meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister, Dollis and Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem on the 19th of January was held in a very positive atmosphere. The Deputy Foreign Minister and Patriarch Theophilos discussed issues faced by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Dollis addressed the Patriarch and said, “I am making my first official visit to the Jerusalem Patriarchate ...

Greek Church Denounces “Country Governed by IMF”

By Apostolos Papapostolou 17/12/2010 The Orthodox Church has denounced the lack of leadership and the moral sense that, by means of the crisis, has made Greece a country ”under occupation”. It ”carries out the orders of its creditors” from the IMF and the EU which ”appears to have lost its independence.” In a message to ...