Cler­ics’ rights to be shielded

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Arch­bishop Ierony­mos yesterday as­sured cler­ics in the Greek Ortho­dox Church that an agree­ment for the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state that is un­der dis­cus­sion will safe­guard their rights. “The agree­ment will be re-ex­am­ined, it will go back to the Hier­ar­chy,” Ierony­mos said dur­ing a visit to the cen­tral of­fices of the Holy As­so­ci­a­tion of Cler­ics. “The Hier­ar­chy can ap­prove it, amend it or re­ject it. If it moves ahead, then we can talk about it again.” Ierony­mos reached a pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment last month with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that fore­sees cler­ics’ salaries be­ing re­moved from the state pay­roll and in­stead sub­si­dized with pub­lic money, the joint de­vel­op­ment of dis­puted prop­erty and the es­tab­lish­ment of a “re­li­gion-neu­tral” state. The agree­ment has met with staunch op­po­si­tion from cler­ics.

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