Magazine article Anglican Journal

Israel in a Quandary over Whether to Recognize Orthodox Patriarch

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Israel in a Quandary over Whether to Recognize Orthodox Patriarch

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Jerusalem

(ENI)--The Greek Orthodox church in the Holy Land enthroned a new patriarch to replace Irineos, who was deposed by his bishops after a scandal about the sale and leasing of church land to investors linked to ultranationalist Jewish groups, but Israel is in a quandary over whether to grant him recognition.

Greek president Karolos Papoulias, at the head of a delegation of political and church officials from Greece, hailed the enthronement of Patriarch Theophilos III on Nov. 22 as "a new beginning" for the church.

Waving Greek and Cypriot flags, hundreds of Greek Orthodox clerics and parishioners attended Patriarch Theophilos' enthronement ceremony in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The crowds shouted the Greek word axios ("you are worthy") at the ceremony for Patriarch Theophilos. He later gave a speech promising the patriarchate would "emerge from the sea of corruption and fraud."

Israel is reluctant to abandon Mr. …

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