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Greek Ambassador Responds to Reports on Protest Against Patriarch Theophilos III


[5/21/2014 2:53:45 PM]

AMMONNEWS -In response to Ammon reports about the Arab-Orthodox parishioners protesting, in front of the Prime Ministry, against the "intransigence of the Greek Patriarchate represented by Patriarch Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Greek Orthodox as the latter failed to perform his mere duties toward the church and the parish by the laws and regulations of the Orthodox Church."

Ammon received the following letter from the Greek Ambassador:

I was astonished to read in today's article of your esteemed site
a continuous reference to the Greek nationality of the Greek - Orthodox
Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theofilos III, in such a climax as to refer
even to "the history of the Arab Orthodox objection against the Greek
Presidency".

I would therefore like to make the following remarks:

- I consider it incorrect to critisize the policies of religious leaders,
positively or negatively, on grounds of their nationality, leading to
a distorted perception by your readers. I did not read anywhere for example
that the Pope, which in a few days will visit Jordan, follows good or bad policies,
because he happens to be Argentinian!

- In the precarius moments that we all live in the Middle East, I believe
it would be wiser to promote through your articles unity, tolerance and peaceful
coexistence for all citizens, to the benefit of all and especially of our children.

Relations between Greece and Jordan have been always excellent in all levels and
we continue to work towards upgrading them in all fields.

Thank you for your attention.

Maria Louisa Marinakis
Ambassador of Greece



Commentary:
The Ambassador's letter did not address the concerns of the protestors. Arab Orthodox are dismayed by the decision of the " Greek patriarch Theophilus to establish a bishopric in the State of Qatar, surpassing the geographical boundaries of Patriarchate of Antioch. They demand the "ending all forms of intimidation against the Arab clergy like the Archimandrite Christophoros Attallah." Interestingly, the Greek ambassador did refer to the fact the Pope is Argentinian, reminding us that for a long time, the Papal seat was not occupied by Italians only.

  • 1 Theodoros 5/22/2014 4:38:52 AM

    As a Greek myself, I have long sympathized with the Arab faithful in Jerusalem who have
    been neglected and excluded. I have also been disturbed by the continued scandals
    by the Jerusalem hierarchy that never cease. It is time that the local Orthodox Churches
    intervened to address these problems and help the Jerusalem Churchs flock.

    Christ is Risen!

  • 2 Lara Haddadin 5/22/2014 10:41:16 AM

    The embassadors letter depicts clearly that the problem for the Jordanian Orthodox parishinors is nationality of the Patriach Theophillus III. It is either that the massage of the protestors was not so clear, or that the Greek representative in Jordan is diverting the attention to a problem that is not part of the Jordanian culture,that is Co-existance. The true problem is summarized by the Patriarchs in ability to co-exist with the Arab Parishinors and give them their simple needs. To be fair

  • 3 Rana 5/22/2014 1:10:53 PM

    Your Excellancy
    It was very nice to know that you read about our protest
    infront of the Prime Ministry but it would be very much appriciated if you also read about the Orthodox issue in Jordan and Palsetince and there continous demands from more than 500 years it is not about Greece and Arabs it is about Right that we are asking for it is about Christian spiritual life
    In Greece God has given you the grace of having monasteries we hope one day in Jordan well have the same

  • 4 Hanna Awais 5/22/2014 2:11:43 PM

    This sit-in highlights the injustice and marginalization perpetrated by the ecclesiastical leadership against its own flock! The Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem is in a state of extreme deterioration and decline due to the lack of pastoral care and spiritual guidance and the absence of any indications of spiritual revival. This is in a great part due to the exclusion of the Churchs indigenous Arab component from decision-making and leadership positions. We are not at all against the Greeks.

  • 5 Hala 5/22/2014 3:12:42 PM

    We are not at all against the Greeks. On the contrary, we have very distinguished relations with them! However, we demand that all members of the Church, Greek and Arab, be treated as equals. The issue here is that we do not have good shepherds caring for the flock in Jordan and Palestine!

  • 6 Maha Shami 5/22/2014 3:35:38 PM

    Your Excellency,
    Christ is risen...and we hope that His Church of Jerusslem will also do. I would like to tell you that the faithful dont care about the nationality of The Patriarch rather than caring about his achievements for the prosperity of the church. We adore Greek Saints of the Holy Church & we adore Greek Faithful& I think that both agree with us on disliking Discrimination&Violation of the Church Canons regardless by which nationality they are done.And this is what it is all about.

  • 7 Hala 5/22/2014 10:53:18 PM

    We are not at all against the Greeks. On the contrary, we have very distinguished relations with them! However, we demand that all members of the Church, Greek and Arab, be treated as equals. The issue here is that we do not have good shepherds caring for the flock in Jordan and Palestine!

  • 8 V. Rev. Fr. George Makhlouf 5/27/2014 7:35:42 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ambassador;
    I am an Orthodox cleric and I am in support of the Orthodox faithful valid claims. Members of the brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher are Jordanian by nationality although they are not by origin and this is proof of the Arab hospitality. Clergy of all ranks are respected by faithful despite of their bad example and scandals. Orthodox people in Jordan and Palestine want to see beside the Greek Hierarchs native indigenous educated clergy who understand their language and …

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