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Offline Sirach

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Can Orthodox Clergy Hold Elected Office?
« on: September 17, 2013, 04:15:17 PM »
That's the question:  Can Orthodox clergy run for and, if elected, hold an elected office?

For example - Mayor, City Council, State or Federal Representative, Governor, President?

If the answer is "Yes," would they be required, or at least expected, to get the permission of their bishop first?
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Re: Can Orthodox Clergy Hold Elected Office?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 04:18:20 PM »
It is canonically forbidden for clergy to hold political office- nevertheless, it happens.

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Re: Can Orthodox Clergy Hold Elected Office?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 04:19:19 PM »
For example - Mayor, City Council, State or Federal Representative, Governor, President?

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Re: Can Orthodox Clergy Hold Elected Office?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 04:53:31 PM »

prime-minister of Romania


prime-miniter of Albania

AFAIR, Russian Church has recently forbidden the clergy to be voted unless they have approval from the Synod.
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Re: Can Orthodox Clergy Hold Elected Office?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 04:58:06 PM »
The Ottoman milet system meant that hierarchs automatically became political figures as well. So the Orthodox Church has a long history of clergy-politicians, even though it's not 100% kosher.