Church leader urges tolerance
As public opposition to more austerity mounts and politicians become the target of a heckling and stonethrowing minority, Archbishop Ieronymos has called on citizens to show greater tolerance and work together to emerge from the crisis.
“As we have all contributed to this crisis, to a lesser or greater extent, we can also be part of the change,” the archbishop of Athens and all Greece said in a letter published in Kathimerini yesterday. In the letter – titled “Where are we going?” – Ieronymos said attacking others was not only counterproductive but could lead to disaster. “If ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another,” he said, quoting the Apostle Paul.
Ieronymos did not comment on the campaign of “Indignant” protesters, which has received the backing of two members of his Holy Synod – Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki and Bishop Ambrosios of Kalavryta and Aigialeia.