Ierony­mos de­scribes Filis as ‘prob­lem­atic per­son’

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Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Filis ap­pears to have be­come per­sona non grata in the eyes of the Church of Greece and Arch­bishop Ierony­mos, who, in a in­ter­view on Skai TV last night, de­scribed him as a “prob­lem­atic per­son” and “in­con­sis­tent in his ac­tions and words.”

“One can­not ex­pect this re­la­tion­ship to bear any fruit," he said. “[Filis] says one thing in the evening and another thing in the morn­ing,” Ierony­mos said, adding that the min­is­ter has not been sin­cere with the Church as far as his fu­ture plans re­gard­ing the place of the Church and reli­gion in so­ci­ety. The arch­bishop’s re­marks came amid a row be­tween the Church and the gov­ern­ment over the role of reli­gion in so­ci­ety and the way it is taught at school.

Ierony­mos said the Church will not be con­tent to sit by as the gov­ern­ment at­tempts to push through changes, while prais­ing Panos Kam­menos, the leader of the ju­nior coali­tion part­ner and Com­mu­nist party chief Dim­itris Kout­soum­bas for their stance on the is­sue.

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