Orthodoxy: The King & the Bishops

Hanky-panky in high places has lately been striking the Greek Orthodox Church with disturbing frequency. In 1962 the new Archbishop of Athens resigned shortly after his election to that primatial office upon being exposed as a homosexual; two years later, Bishop Philippos of Drama was dethroned for adultery with his housemaid. Now a much more widespread scandal has shocked Greece. This time the fuss is not about sex but that other great fascinator: money.

A Greek bishopric can be a paying proposition. The country's bishops draw an average $4,000 tax-free salary a year, plus a residence and the right to import...

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