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13 clerics apply for post of Greek patriarch

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/602691.html 13 clerics apply for post of Greek patriarch By Arnon Regular Thirteen Greek Orthodox clerics have submitted
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 21, 2005
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/602691.html

      13 clerics apply for post of Greek patriarch
      By Arnon Regular

      Thirteen Greek Orthodox clerics have submitted their candidacy to become
      the new Greek Orthodox patriarch, after the church's Holy Synod decided to
      oust the incumbent patriarch, Irineos.

      The synod convened yesterday to begin the process of choosing a new
      patriarch, with 23 members in attendance and three Jordanian members
      participating via telephone and fax. The session was made possible after
      the Jerusalem District Court rejected Irineos' application for a
      restraining order against the synod on Tuesday.

      Under church law, any cleric holding the rank of archimandrite or above is
      allowed to present his candidacy for the patriarchy. The 13 who did so
      yesterday include Metropolitan Timotheos and Archbishop Alexius, both of
      whom had been ousted by Irineos, and Metropolitan Cornelius, who is
      currently serving as acting patriarch.

      The next step is to send the list of candidates to the governments of
      Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority for approval. By law, a
      patriarch requires the approval of all three governments.

      The final voting will take place at a closed meeting of the synod next
      month. In the first round of balloting, the synod will narrow the list down
      to three candidates; then, later in the day, it will choose one of the
      three as the new patriarch.

      In the interim, the 13 candidates can be expected to embark on feverish
      negotiations to forge alliances and muster supporters. The Palestinian,
      Jordanian, Israeli and Greek governments are also likely to be pushing
      preferred candidates behind the scenes.

      The synod ousted Irineos due to allegations that he sold church land near
      Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate to an Israeli organization. Irineos claims the sale
      was made by another church official, without his knowledge or consent.
      Jordan and the PA have already withdrawn their recognition of Irineos;
      Israel is still investigating the affair and has not yet announced its decision.
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