Greek Orthodox Panel to Examine Accusations Against Clergy

ATHENS, Greece, JULY 2, 2002 ( The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church has decided to set up a commission to examine complaints against the sexual behavior of members of the clergy.

The decision follows on the heels of accusations and scandals that have made recent headlines.

Complaints will be examined by the commission, comprised of three bishops and two laymen (a theologian and the Holy Synod’s legal counsel), which will advise Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens.

Accusations will be discussed by the Holy Synod and presented to ecclesiastical courts “without the pressure of television methods,” a statement from the Holy Synod last Thursday indicates.

The Church stated that it “condemns, rejects and execrates in the most categorical way all depraved forms of men’s carnal life, which reduce man to a bestial situation.”