Church leader urges tol­er­ance

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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.

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