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Chrysanthemums and Chrysostomos

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26.07.2017
The Church of Cyprus has a definitely far limited clout on politics compared to the Makarios period when the Archbishop was the “national leader” and the president of the state at the same time.

While trying to salvage the collapsed Greek economy, to what extent did the Archbishop and his company of merry men’s gross mismanagement of the Church’s funds play a role? Or, was it because of the Information Age that the Greek Cypriots finally reached the Age of Enlightenment and decided to leave the Church and its nationalistic obsessions? Perhaps Archbishop Chrysostomos has been acting in his obsession of seeking revenge on the 1922 lynching of Metropolitan Chrysostomos Kalafatis of Smyrna (İzmir)?

Whatever, he has always been a die-hard opponent of any sort of deal with the Turkish Cypriots, who he has considered a “foreigner minority,” except for giving that small “Turkish occupation residue” group minority rights in a Greek state. Chrysostomos has been an ardent opponent of the federation giving Turkish Cypriots any sort of “veto power.”

Have you heard? Last week, Archbishop Chrysostomos has once again liberated himself from the bonds of reason, fired a set of salvoes on both Greek Cypriot politicians, the United Nations Secretary-General’s special Cyprus envoy and of........

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