“Mr. Tsipras did not attempt a full settlement of relations between the State and the Church, he tried to get a dowry agreement,” stated Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis in an interview on Monday to the website topontiki.gr.
Referring to the clergy’s payroll, Theodorakis said that priests should be employees of the Church but not each individual metropolitan. “Their salaries should be guaranteed so they do not live in insecurity and can continue their work which, especially in villages and remote areas, is very improtant,” he added.
Regarding Church-owned real estate and its use, Theodorakis noted that “apart from the monasteries and churches, the Church of Greece owns all that it has bought or has been donated to it since the modern Greek state was established.”