When I go to church and when I leave, there are always quite a few people outside begging for money or food. when I go to the shops, same thing. when I get on a bus, trolly, tram etc people get on begging, when I eat out (very rare) people come to the table asking for some money or even for the scraps on my table.
The majority of the people I know are living below poverty level, there is no work and life is very tough for most people here in Greece, if they are Greek or not.
This is more than news to people here including myself, we look up to the priests, we ask for there blessing, and we know that they are paid tax free, they work hard and don't mind.
But what these priests have done in this story and not only these priests , but others too. I personally feel like I have been punched in the stomach, and so do many of the other Greek faithful.
We don't want our priests to be thought of by the people as they do the politicians, so when news like this comes out, the people want to know that justice will be done, and the corruption in the country is being tackled and got rid off.
As for the person that blamed this on the Greek people, I can tell you as someone that is not Greek. That the Greeks are hard working and mostly honest, the people can not be blamed for the actions of a few political super powers that have lied and cheated there way around for years.
And the normal employed people do pay more than there far share of tax, it is the rich that don't!
The Greek church and the faithful need your prayers to weed out the corrupt.