Greek Church ad­mits to cap­i­tal con­trol ex­emp­tion

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Greece’s pow­er­ful Ortho­dox Church was put on the de­fen­sive yesterday af­ter it emerged that it had se­cured an ex­emp­tion from cap­i­tal con­trols squeez­ing the rest of the debt-rid­den coun­try. The Holy Synod, the ex­ec­u­tive arm of the Church, said the mea­sure “was de­signed to avert paral­y­sis in [its] char­i­ta­ble work.” In con­trast to most Greeks, who can only with­draw 1,680 eu­ros a month from their bank ac­counts, dio­ce­ses have a monthly al­lowance of 10,000 eu­ros and the arch­dio­cese in Athens can tap up to 20,000 eu­ros a month. Sar­cas­tic re­marks about “saintly cash dis­pensers” work­ing “mir­a­cles” quickly spread on Greek so­cial media but the Church said such crit­i­cism was

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