April 23, 2014

Greek Church Protests Pre-Trial Detention of Abbot Ephraim

Abbott Ephraim

Will the (autocephalous) Orthodox Church of Greece receive a scolding as well? (See: Εcumenical Patriarchate Denounces Russian Interference in the Ephraim Case.) Source: RIA Novosti The autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece has called for the release of Abbot Efraim, the head of the Vatopedi Monastery in Mount Athos, who is currently under arrest on real estate fraud charges, the church’s Holy Synod said on Thursday. “Our church respects rulings by justice and would not like to interfere in its responsibility sphere… Nevertheless, together with many believers, the church expresses sympathy of all its members to the embattled abbot, and… hopes the possibility of his release from custody will be reconsidered,” it said. The Cypriot-born 56-year-old Abbot Efraim is accused of involvement in a criminal scheme under which the Greek government swapped cheap farmland for costly Athens real estate in favor of the Vatopedi Monastery. He says he is not guilty. The head of … [Read more...]