Georgia: Patriarch Warns that Local Self-Government Could Lead to Country’s “Disintegration”

Giorgi Lomsadze - December 2013 The powerful Georgian Orthodox Church again has revived a fierce debate over whether or not it should act, essentially, as Georgia's fourth branch of government. This time around, Patriarch Ilia II, the Church's highly revered, 80-year-old veteran leader, has weighed into the seemingly secular issue of regional self-governance with a warning that ...