OPINION

Easter without church

The notion of spending a Greek Orthodox Easter without being able to go to church would have been inconceivable just a month ago, before the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic became clear.

The state made the decisions it needed to make in order to protect the health of the Greek public, but the implementation of these measures is not something that could have been taken for granted.

The degree of compliance that we have seen from the clergy vindicates the way that both the government and the Church leadership handled the issue.

It also vindicates the conduct of the archbishop who, once more, adopted a reasonable and conciliatory stance, absorbing the reactions from the hierarchy and, more importantly, preventing divisions among the faithful.