TAGS: Politics, Church

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) on Tuesday assured Archbishop Ieronymos that his government will not push through with plans to remove priests from the state payroll, reversing a decision by the previous leftist administration. Mitsotakis stressed that articles 3 and 13 of the constitution, which determine relations between the Church and state, would not be changed. Last November, former premier Alexis Tsipras reached a tentative agreement with Ieronymos to move some 10,000 clerics off the state payroll, sparking fierce opposition from the Holy Synod. [Intime News]