The representatives of the clergy met today with Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Phofi Gennimatas and expressed their concern about the Tsipra-Ieronymos agreement, which put them out of the state.
Both the ND president and the President of the Movement of Change have assured them that they will stand by their side.
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In particular, Mr. Mitsotakis, according to the relevant announcement of Piraeus, gave the clergy "his absolute assurance that New Democracy will not accept the tooling of the thousands of clergymen by Mr Tsipras and the change in their salary method in order for SYRIZA to recruit 10,000 extra party friends"At the meeting with the bureau of the Holy Clergy Association of Greece.
Mr. Mitsotakis also noted that New Democracy did not have the slightest prior information from either the government or the Archdiocese before the announcements.
At the meeting held in his office in the Parliament, the clerics expressed their verbal disagreement with the agreement recently announced by Mr. Tsipras and the Archbishop and they asked the President of the ND. just keep the employment relationship they have with the State today and be paid by the Single Paying Authority.
"If we were not civil servants how did we call it so many years when we were paid by the state?" was one of the key arguments they put in a rhetorical way.
"Obviously this is aa communist gang of the government and frankly I am sorry for the fact that the leadership of the Church of Greece was eventually used by Mr Tsipras in his pre-election games"Mitsotakis replied and made clear that the agreement did not bind the main opposition.
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After the meeting of the President of the Movement of Change, with the delegation of the Holy Clergy Association, at her office in the House, Ms. Gennimata said the government was playing games with the priests and asked to start a sober dialogue on the distinct roles of the State and Church.
"Greek clergy, the simple priests, are at risk of being the victims of Tsipras' party feats. That's enough! You can not play with the agony of thousands of families, even using the money of the Greek people. He can not play with the priests' labor and insurance rights. I ask them to stop these plans. And calmly, soberly, responsibly, with mutual respect to discuss with the Church about its distinct role towards the State. It is a matter of democracy for the Church and the State " the president of the Movement of Change said.