• Short Summary

    ARCHBISHOP IAKOVOS, THE NEWLY ELECTED PRIMATE OF GREECE, ENTHRONED AT ATHENS CATHEDRAL, JAN 18, REFUTED ACCUSATIONS BY A GROUP OF HIS ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF HIS "UNMENTIONABLE ACTS" IN PRIVATE LIFE.

  • Description

    ARCHBISHOP IAKOVOS, THE NEWLY ELECTED PRIMATE OF GREECE, ENTHRONED AT ATHENS CATHEDRAL, JAN 18, REFUTED ACCUSATIONS BY A GROUP OF HIS ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF HIS "UNMENTIONABLE ACTS" IN PRIVATE LIFE.

    THE ENTHRONEMENT, A COLOURFUL BYZANTINE CEREMONY ATTENDED BY 30 OF THE 58 BISHOPS PRESENT AT HIS ELECTION CONCLAVE, FOLLOWED A DRIVE IN STATE TO THE ROYAL PALACE TO TAKE THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO "THE KING, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF THE REALM."
    EXTRA POLICE WERE ON DUTY OUTSIDE THE CATHEDRAL.THE WHITE-BEARDED ARCHBISHOP WORE THE GOLD BRAIDED ROBES OF HIS OFFICE FOR THE BRIEF CEREMONY.

    AS WELL AS THE BISHOPS' ATTACK, A RELENTLESS PRESS CRITICISM CONTINUED TO PURSUE THE ARCHBISHOP, THE SUCCESSOR OF ARCHBISHOP THEOKLITOS WHO DIED JAN 8, AND OPPOSITION DEPUTIES AWAITED REPLIES TO THEIR TABLED QUESTIONS IN PARLIAMENT OVER THE WAY HIS ELECTION WAS CONDUCTED.

    AMONG THE BISHOPS HOSTILE TO THE NEW PRIMATE IS THE BISHOP OF TRIXKALA OF CENTRAL GREECE WHO WARNED OF THE ONCOMING DESTRUCTION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH UNLESS THE PRIMATE RESIGNED.THE PRIMATE REPLIED: I WILL NOT RESIGN.AND IN AN INTERVIEW HE SAID: ARCHBISHOPS NEVER RESIGN.THE ARE NOT CIVIL SERVANTS.ONLY THE ALMIGHTY CAN DEPRIVE THEM OF OFFICE.

    ONE BISHOP, ASKED TO INVESTIGATE THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE PRIMATE, RELINQUISHED THE ASSIGNMENT BECAUSE WITNESSES REFUSED TO TESTIFY ON THE GROUNDS HE WAS PREJUDICED.THE HOLY SYNOD WAS MEETING JAN 19 TO CONSIDER THE AFFAIR AND EVENTUALLY APPOINT ANOTHER INVESTIGATOR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8408Y6RH4FU72ILX5CS7KWCWU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8408Y6RH4FU72ILX5CS7KWCWU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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