Church raps Sor­ras min­ions

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The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece yes­ter­day is­sued a state­ment say­ing that in­di­vid­u­als dressed as cler­ics who have been ap­pear­ing on Greek tele­vi­sion chan­nels and speak­ing in sup­port of the na­tion­al­ist po­lit­i­cal group­ing Con­ven­tion of Greeks, founded by self-pro­claimed bil­lion­aire Artemis Sor­ras, are not priests in the eyes of the Church. The Holy Synod con­vened on the is­sue un­der Arch­bishop Ierony­mos for the first time since the synod is­sued a cir­cu­lar in March last year, con­demn­ing the “du­bi­ous, in­tensely na­tion­al­is­tic, anti-Church” move­ment launched by Sor­ras. Last week, Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor Xeni Dim­itriou or­dered the re­open­ing of all case files re­lat­ing to the ac­tiv­i­ties of the group­ing. Most of the case files re­late to calls by Sor­ras’s or­ga­ni­za­tion for Greeks not to pay their dues to the state and so­cial in­surance funds. Mean­while Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stavros Kon­to­nis for­warded to the Supreme Court a 2013 de­ci­sion by an Athens mis­de­meanors court that cleared Sor­ras of charges of spread­ing false in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to claims that he had ac­cess to bil­lions of dol­lars to help Greece emerge from its eco­nomic cri­sis.

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