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 »

Resolution adopted by the EPP Congress (Ευρωπαικό Λαικό Κόμμα)

turkeypopedemo01Warsaw, 29-30 April 2009

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 »