Religion: Scandal in Athens

In Greece, where 95% of the people belong to the Orthodox Church, the election of a new Archbishop of Athens (who is also primate of the church in the country) is a matter of high national interest. Thus, it was perfectly normal, when 57 metropolitans gathered three weeks ago in Athens Cathedral to choose a new primate, for all Greece to follow the election closely. But the scandal arising from the prelates' choice was decidedly abnormal.

By 33 to 24, the prelates chose soft-voiced Metropolitan Iakovos,* 68, of Attica and Megaris. Then, right after the election, an Athenian priest and a retired...

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