Following a decision by the Church of Greece‘s Hierarchy on Friday, the Prime Minister’s office vowed to proceed immediately with the drafting of a bill to allow for all employees at the Church of Greece including priests to be paid by the state.
The Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, Ieronymos, speaking with state-run A.M.N.A., said that he welcomes the Prime Minister’s statement.
Ieronymos reminded ”the unanimous decision taken at the irregular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece to continue the meaningful dialogue between Church and State on matters of mutual interest” and added that ”cooperation is an extra step in further establishing the distinct roles we hold in the service of our people and their interests”.
Tsipras’ office noted that ”the draft bill will be brought to the attention of the Special Committee of the Permanent Holy Synod before it is submitted to the House” and added that ”the status of the payroll of the the clergy, in any case, is the responsibility of the state”.
(With information from A.M.N.A.)