Armed forces of Greece supported the claim of Patriarch Bartholomew against the Archbishop of Athens

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in photobacteria BartholomewArmed forces of Greece supported the claim of Patriarch Bartholomew against the Archbishop of Athens© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

The Council of state of Greece — one of the highest courts in the country — ruled in favor of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a dispute with the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus about the ownership of the Church of St. George, saints besserebrenikov and the Holy Photinia. in Athens.

The document with the court decision published in the Greek media on the eve of the scheduled October 5 in Athens the meeting of Bartholomew and Jerome. The meeting was listed in the program of the visit to Greece of Patriarch Bartholomew, published by the press service, however, on Friday Dodunski Metropolitan Chrysostomos announced that it will not take place due to the fact that the Archbishop will be at the meeting of the bishops, and the Patriarch was leaving Athens.

Patriarch Bartholomew is in Greece on September 28. He visited Northern Greece, 2-3 October was on Crete in connection with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Orthodox Academy. In Athens, the Patriarch arrived on 4 October.

The conflict around the temple for several years. The temple was built on the estate of a Greek doctor and politician Dimitrios of Prombonas after his death and bequest should be transferred to the Archdiocese of Athens. Approval of the Committee on heritage, the Archbishop did not come to the meeting of the Committee in 2014 and then the Church decided to transfer to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew.

The Patriarch, despite the objections of the Greek Orthodox Church, was sent to serve in the temple Abbot of the monastery of Vlatadon in Thessaloniki, which is under the canonical jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Archbishop of Athens Jerome filed a lawsuit to the court and at the same time sealed the temple, stating that it is private and without the permission of the Archdiocese, there cannot be service.

The rector of the ban is not obeyed, opened the Church and conducted services there. After this the Church was again sealed already called the police.

Archbishop Jerome filed a lawsuit in the court to the Committee on legacy. With his hand the Patriarch of Constantinople has filed a lawsuit with accusations Jerome in violation of the rights of religious believers under the Greek Constitution, the European Charter of human rights and the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Church.

At the meeting of the State Council, the majority of judges supported the claim of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In particular, the state Council decided that «not justified» the decision to close the Church on the basis that the service there was held by the Abbot of the Vlatadon monastery without the permission of the Athens Archdiocese.

Relations between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Archdiocese of Athens a long time are not simple.

Still, nearly 200 years after the establishment of the independent Greek state and the release of the last territories of Greece from the Ottoman yoke, part of its territory is under the canonical jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, with residence in Istanbul.