Archbishop Christodoulos Quoted In Turkish Press
Greek Orthodox Leader Blasts 'Evil' Ploy to Bring Turkey Into EU
"Posted GMT 2-27-2006 19:10:57
ATHENS -- The head of the Orthodox Church in Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, on Monday criticised as "evil" European Union member countries' support for Turkey's membership of the bloc."
"In a previous outburst during a priest's consecration ceremony in December, he argued that Greek society risked "going to Israel, or into the hands of the devil" because of its apathy in the face of "evil forces" threatening to "dechristianise" the staunchly Orthodox country."
"The archbishop also stirred up a storm of criticism five years ago, when he said he had discerned "divine wrath" behind the September 11 Al-Qaeda attacks on the United States."