The Halki Seminary and the Patriarchate’s Existential Crisis

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Posted By Allen Yekikan

AFP reported on Thursday that the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, Bartholomew I, was hopeful Turkey would re-open a historic seminary it shut down nearly four decades ago. The Halki Orthodox Theological Seminary, located on the island of Halki off the coast of Istanbul, was the key Patriarchical institution for educating the Greek Orthodox Community and training its future clergy for more than a century before it was closed down by the Turkish government in 1971.

The Patriarch was responding to signals last week by Turkey’s Culture Minister that Ankara is planning to re-open the Greek seminary, considered vital to the survival of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ankara continues to waver on Religious Freedom

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TURKEY

Despite Europe’s request, Ankara continues to waver on Religious Freedom

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The head of EU enlargement has said that the accession process of Turkey also depends on the Halki school, an institution for the formation of the clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, closed since 1971. The government remains silent, while the debate grows in the media. The real issue is the recognition of the status of the Patriarchate. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ankara continua a nicchiare sulla libertà religiosa

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TURCHIA

Malgrado lo chieda l’Europa, Ankara continua a nicchiare sulla libertà religiosa

NAT da Polis

Il responsabile Ue per l’allargamento ha detto che il processo di adesione della Turchia passa anche attraverso la scuola di Halki, istituto di formazione del clero del Patriarcato ecumenico, chiuso dal 1971. Il governo tace, mentre cresce il dibattito sui media. La vera questione è il riconoscimento dello status del Patriarcato. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Is the ecumenical patriarchate in Turkey waiting for Godot?

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Since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power in 2002, the reopening of the Halki Seminary has repeatedly returned to the political agenda in Turkey.

There is almost a pattern. Some government officials say, “There is no harm in reopening the school [which was closed down in 1971], and there are some preparations taking place to that effect.” If you read these statements you can get the (wrong) impression that there is only technical work needing to be done, and the government is working on it. For the last seven years, we have heard exactly the same story. But, in the end, nothing comes out. Why? 

Because the Halki Seminary is only a part of a much more complex question that may not be well appreciated even by the government itself. The question is namely the existence of the ecumenical patriarchate in Turkey. There is a deep-rooted state policy that has brought the patriarchate to the verge of total extinction. This policy was shaped during the late Ottoman and early republican era and has been applied vigorously since then. This is a policy of taking gradual steps to push this historical institution into a corner to force it to choose one of the two options: Either it will stay in Turkey and will lose everything slowly and painfully, or it will leave Turkey once and for all. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Resolution adopted by the EPP Congress (Ευρωπαικό Λαικό Κόμμα)

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Freedom of Religion – Safeguarding the Role and the Prerogatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

The European People’s Party,

Having regard the Dialogue between Group of the European People’s Party and European Democrats and the Orthodox Church.

1. Welcomes the adoption in February 2008 of the Law on Foundations in Turkey and appreciates the Commission’s assessment that this law addresses a number of outstanding property-related issues concerning Christian communities,

2. Urges the Turkish government to ensure that the law be implemented in line with the ECHR case-law and tackle unresolved issues of properties seized and sold to third parties as well as properties of foundations fused before the adoption of the new legislation,

3. Reiterates that a legal framework developed in line with the ECHR case-law is still needed so as to enable all religious communities to function without undue constraints, in particular as regards their legal status, training of clergy, election of their hierarchy, religious education and the construction of places of worship, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »