Christodoulos rails at Europe and cartoons

Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Church of Greece, yesterday attacked Europe for operating in a «moral vacuum» and said that cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad had given Muslims an excuse to vent their anger against the West. «The cartoons of Muhammad are not the cause but the motive,» said Christodoulos during Sunday service. «The cause is that Muslims feel marginalized, looked down on and used by people of the Christian faith.» The images, drawn by a Danish cartoonist, have led to protests and several deaths in Muslim countries. Christodoulos said that Christianity was being attacked because it was linked with the West and Europe. «Although it is a Christian continent, Europe has forgotten its roots,» the archbishop said. «That is why there is a moral vacuum, chaos and confusion in Europe today.»