As positive and constructive described the meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Fanari, the Greek Education Minister, Kostas Gavroglou.
Representing the state, Gavroglou visited Fanar for the second time in a month to discuss the framework agreement on the rationalization of church and state relations announced by the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of the Church of Greece.
As was the case with the meetings with Archbishop Ieronymos and the Archbishopric of Crete, the Minister of Education provided assurances regarding the safeguarding of priests’ labour rights. According to information, he spoke of a plan to be discussed in the next few days both with the Church of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Crete.
Well-informed sources indicate that the interest of the hierarchs was particularly intense, while the Minister of Education was asked to answer a number of questions.
As they emphasize in Athens, there is the will for an exhaustive dialogue, in which the state will clarify all the vague points and it will become clear that the clerical labour rights are safeguarded. At the same time, optimism is expressed that the outcome will be positive as it is a mutually beneficial agreement, as outlined, which resolves historical issues that have their origins at the beginning of the previous century./IBNA