Posted by Somebody on May 06, 2001 at 23:32:02:
In Reply to: Re: The Pope's visit to Greece posted by Niko on May 06, 2001 at 21:23:22:
"For the person who mentioned that the Greeks believe their form of Christianity is the best. Why wouldn't they?"
Why is it viewed as some sort of contest?
"As for the person who said that the Greek Church has alot of influence in Greek politics I don't think if their bargaining power was so great that the Pope would have been coming in the first place."
I personally recognize the difference between the actual pull the Orthodox Church (or any organized religion in other gov'ts) has in the Greek Parliament (regardless of the "lobbying" or pressure they try to place on the gov't concerning certain issues), and the internal politics that define Church policies or standards. Organized religions are as vulnerable in their desire for good public relations as any political party and Orthodox officials refusing to meet the Pope doesn't project the image of "Greeks are Europeans". Bringing attention to their grievances regarding the Catholic Church and still receiving the Pope despite their indignation that he was even invited gets their point across. Refusing to meet with the Pope at all would've been very bad PR and Orthodox officials know it.
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