Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Fanar wasn’t aware of any Agreement about the separation of Church and state, signed by the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras and Archbishop of Athens Hieronymus.
The Patriarchate of Constantinople was not informed about the agreement despite the fact that it has canonical jurisdiction over the territory of Greece, reports fanarion.blogspot.com.
“The Ecumenical Patriarchate has not been informed, although her canonical jurisdiction of the Greek territory”, – stated in the message.
At the Phanar, explained: “the First official reaction of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was call November 9, Consul General of Greece in Istanbul Georgia Sultanpur to request Athens information about the Jerome agreement and Tsipras”.
The so-called “new lands” (Crete, the Dodecanese Islands and Northern Greece with Thessaloniki) is a province of the Ottoman Empire, annexed to Greece by the end of the Balkan wars of 1912 – are under the canonical jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but also participate in the work of the Greek Orthodox Church.
As reported by the SPM, before “the Holy Alliance of clerics of Greece” (ISKE) demanded to cancel the agreement signed by the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The influential organization, which includes 9 thousand Greek priests of the approximately 11 thousand, called hierarchs of the Greek Orthodox Church to abandon the agreement on the terms of the separation of Church and state.
6 November, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome and the members of the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church at the meeting discussed the reform and signed a joint statement, which specifies the terms of the separation of Church and state in the framework of the constitutional reform.