Do not Involve Us in Politics - Georgian Orthodox Church
Do not Involve Us in Politics' - Georgian Orthodox Church
/ Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2008-01-03 15:45:05
The Georgian Orthodox Church has condemned attempts to involve it in politics.
The Church issued a statement in response to tycoon Badri
Patarkatsishvili's claim on January 3 that he had been "given ... the
power to declare" his intention to remain in the presidential race
following a phone conversation with Patriarch of the Georgian
Orthodox Church Ilia II.
"Georgian media sources reported today a statement made by Mr. Badri
Patarkatsishvili, in which he says that he is remaining in the
presidential race. He also tried to insinuate that his decision was
somehow related to his conversation with Patriarch of the Georgian
Orthodox Church Ilia II," the Church's statement reads. "Except for
congratulating the Patriarch on the 30th anniversary of his
enthronement, no other issue was discussed. The Georgian Church
expresses its regret that once again religion has been used in a
political manner. It is absolutely unacceptable to portray the Church
as a supporter of any political force, because the church always was
and will be a force uniting the country, especially so today, when
there is such political division."
"We call on the opposition, all political forces, including the
authorities, not to try to involve the Church in politics. For our
part, we will always distance ourselves from such attempts."