What right should a Non Christian Israeli Court have in the election of an Orthodox Catholic Patriarh? Could you imagine the baclash if the situation was reversed?
2005.03.09 Arutz Sheva:
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Court Rules: Greek Orthodox Church Elections Were Illegal
Wednesday, March 9, 2005 / 28 Adar 5765
The Jerusalem District Court has ruled that the Greek Orthodox Church
elections for Patriarch, in which Yasser Arafat's crony Irineos was chosen,
were illegal and must be held again.
Arutz-7's Shimon Cohen, who has been following the story closely, reports
that the Church finds itself in a quandary as a result of the ruling.
The Court accepted an appeal by Church member Yusuf Naman of Kafr Samia,
who claimed and brought evidence that the pre-election process was illegal.
"The process by which Irineos was 'elected' [the quotation marks are in the
original - ed.] was illegal," the judge wrote, adding that Irineos "won"
[quotation marks in the original] in an illegal manner. The judge therefore
ruled that Irineos' substitute, Bishop Corolineus, must hold new elections
for the position of Patriarch.
The ruling also stipulated that Irineos and the Church must pay court
costs of 2,000 shekels.
It is assumed that Irineos' counsel, Atty. Gilad Sher, will appeal the
ruling in the Supreme Court.
Journalist Cohen has reported in the past on evidence purportedly showing
that Prime Minister Sharon advanced Irineos' appointment as Patriarch - an
appointment that requires Israeli government approval. Sharon's interest
was allegedly to have Irineos approve the sale of a Greek island for the
purpose of the construction of a spectacular resort that was to earn
Sharon's son Gilad millions of dollars.
The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, considered the richest in Israel,
is responsible for the church's extensive land holdings. These include the
land on which the Knesset was built, the Prime Minister's and the
President's official residences, parts of Jerusalem's wealthiest
neighborhoods, and locations in the Old City and in the new Jerusalem
neighborhood of Har Homa.