OPINION

Attack is the best form of defense…

The leaders of the Church of Greece (that is, Archbishop Christodoulos the Holy Synod and senior clerics) appear to have established their putative line of defense against the wave of corruption revelations they are trying to stem: They have labeled these revelations an «orchestrated and targeted slanderous attack on the Church.» Indeed, this was the crux of virtually all of last Sunday’s sermons. Archbishop Christodoulos went one step further, maintaining that this would-be orchestrated attack was aimed at «distracting the people from crucial problems,» such as domestic affairs threatening the integrity and independence of our country, as well as unemployment, pensions and so on. I expect, and hope, that political leaders will respond to the clerics as they should, by stressing that they do indeed have problems – those mentioned by the clerics and others besides. But the people elected a government and an opposition party to tackle their problems in free elections that were held nearly a year ago. The Church has nothing to do with this (electoral) system and therefore is not in the position to comment on it… The political world should have given this answer years ago when Christodoulos started neglecting ecclesiastical affairs, preferring to interfere in political matters… And if Church leaders insist that they are the victims of «an orchestrated and targeted attack,» then they should really tell us who is behind it…