Press Review 27 Jan 14

Macedonia Press Review – January 27, 2014

Macedonian Church is not Subjugated to the political leaders, Good Macedonia-Serbia relations should boost economic cooperation


Bishop Timotej of the Macedonian Orthodox Church strongly rebuffs recent claims coming from neighboring Greece that the Macedonian church is deeply subjugated by the Macedonian state and its political leadership. Timotej insists that the Greek and the Serbian church are in fact more tied to their political leaderships, arguing that Greek orthodox priests are listed as public administration workers and receive wages by the state and that Serbian priest in the past often went hand in hand with that country’s politicians to negotiate issues abroad. Timotej reacts to a recent claim by Michalis Tritos, the head of the Faculty of Theology in Thessaloniki, Greece. Tritos had said that there is a “terrifying embrace between the church in Skopje and the state” and that “the church is being used for state purposes”. The Serbian and the Greek Church do not recognize Macedonia's Church ecclesiastical independence, known as autocephaly.

Good neighborly relations between Macedonia and Serbia, founded on mutual respect, should be basis for harnessing the potential for greater economic cooperation between the two countries. This is what Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his visiting Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic agreed upon on Saturday in Skopje.

Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.

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