Ahead of top-level Church talks on burgeoning claims of corruption among prominent churchmen, Archbishop Christodoulos yesterday admitted that the Church has its fair share of rotten apples.
“The Church also has people who have broken their oaths,” Christodoulos said during an Athens sermon. “But it has ways of ensuring that such problems are removed.”
On Thursday, the Church’s ruling body, the Holy Synod, will meet to discuss allegations regarding Archimandrite Iakovos Yiossakis — who is being investigated in connection with an alleged court corruption scandal and antiquities theft — as well as claims by a former bishop that the Archbishopric hushed up a drugs scandal involving a bishop and a close aide to Christodoulos. In a sermon yesterday, Anthimos, Bishop of Thessaloniki, said that “the Church, society and the judiciary are in the throes of a crisis.”