Orthodox depose Holy Land patriarch

Conflict over transfer of church property
Anglican, Lutheran and Roman Catholic leaders have offered to mediate in a scandal in Jerusalem that has seen the Greek Orthodox patriarch for the Holy Land Irineos I deposed by his own bishops over allegations that he authorized the transfer of church property to Jewish investors.

The allegations that Irineos I approved a long-term lease of church property in Jerusalem’s Old City to Jewish investors have caused a split in the church and also evoked concern by leaders of churches in the city.

The reports also infuriated the church’s mostly Arab parishioners, who have long complained about the control over church property by Greek clerics and the church’s failure to appoint a Palestinian patriarch instead of a Greek.

 

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