OPINION

Lost trust is the biggest blow

We don’t yet know whether the Vatopedi affair will rank at the top of a long list of recent scandals in terms of the damage it has done to the state, when – and if – the extent of the entire affair is fully disclosed. What is certain right now is that it does top the list for the malevolent manner in which material interests were intertwined with a hypocritical «spiritual» cover-up of the illegal activities of «misled» ministers, other state services and, now, the highest echelons of the judiciary. From this perspective, if the magnitude of the scandal and the way it was managed are ever fully revealed, we will also see a lot of what’s wrong in other spheres of life, both private and public. Justice certainly has a role in fingering the responsible parties but, so far, the system has not proven to us whether its job is to reveal, cover up or simply drag its feet. Yesterday’s resignation of the two prosecutors, following the intervention of their superiors in their duties, makes us even more suspicious of both the government and the justice system. And that is the biggest blow.