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Red-faced Greek Church discounts leaked note

The Church of Greece distanced itself yesterday from one of its own documents, which criticized opposition leader George Papandreou and the previous Socialist prime minister, Costas Simitis, saying it does not reflect the Church's view. Attached to the document, which was leaked to the press, was Archbishop Christodoulos's business card. The document described the two senior PASOK leaders as rejecting whatever is Greek and being only interested in their international image. Papandreou fired back at the comments by saying it was disgraceful that Archbishop Christodoulos was acting like the leader of a political party. The conservative New Democracy government also denounced the document yesterday. Embarrassed by the incident, the Church said yesterday that Archbishop Christodoulos often receives political analyses from different sources but does not necessarily adopt them. Church officials also pointed out that the note was not signed by the archbishop.

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