50 Years Ago Today

CHURCH AND POLITICS I: New York: Michail, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America, former Metropolitan of Corinth, sent an open letter to Alexis, Patriarch of All Russia, in connection with the latter’s call for peace. His Grace Michail notes that there was nobody in the world who did not want peace and wanted war. To be honest, he continues, and as a cleric, I must accept that there is a danger and fear of war. The duty of Christians is to find out the cause of this. Without wanting to involve the church in politics, I must say that in my personal experience, the cause is communism. He lists the crimes of communism in Russia during the revolution, when Michail was there, and then the crimes of communism in Greece, particularly in the Bishopric of Corinth. He concludes by condemning the communist conspiracy against peace. CHURCH AND POLITICS II: In Kastoria, Greek Rally leader Marshal Papagos received the following telegram from Spyridon, archbishop of Athens. Having conducted a memorial service today in Kastoria for the heroes who fell and commemorated those who survived by divine providence, we express wholehearted wishes for heaven-sent happiness. The difficult answer concerns our common stake in shaping this discourse. We do not find it convincing but we still don’t react… It is a relief when when the news does not come as news but as spectacle – and in spectacles we do not seek the truth, but sensation…

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