Archbishop Ieronymos criticized the statement made by Greek Deputy Education Minister Sia Anagnostopoulou, regarding the Religious Studies subject in Greek schools, noting that such radical changes cannot take place without further consideration.
The Deputy Education Minister announced a few days ago her plans to simplify the process for students to get excused from Religious studies in school. When asked to comment on the Ministry’s proposal, the Archbishop noted that this wasn’t a ministerial decision, but “some lady” who had this idea. He also added that responsibility for this issue lies with the Constitution. “Greeks need to get more serious and stop listening to this nonsense,” he said.
Archbishop Ieronymos noted that the Constitution states that education should be national, following the Greek Orthodox religion. “People cannot just say what they want. If we wish to change these things, then we must follow the Constitution. If Greeks decide they do not want priests, bishops, religious studies and this culture, then we will discuss the matter,” he said.
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