The hierarchy of Crete did not hide their disturbances at the Synod of the Church of Crete on the last "agreement" of Cipra-Ironimus.
In detail, the communiqué:
On November 10, 2018, in the province of Heraklion, the National Synod of the Church of Crete convened at an extraordinary meeting and dealt with issues of regularity today, namely: The proposed proposal of the sections of the Greek Constitution, b. The salaries of clerics and c. The ecclesiastical property.
The third session dealt with these central issues and examined the various social, legal and other expansions and parameters, while being aware of the importance of its positions and decisions against the people and history.
On the subject of the proposed proposal of the Greek Constitution articles by the Government, the Annual Meeting unanimously decided and declared:
1. Declares that it is not acceptable to amend Article 21, which relates to and is protected by the National Institution, which according to the Constitution in effect constitutes "the foundation of the maintenance and advancement of the nation" and is subject to the protection of the State. The archbishops, as well as the great clerics, accept the people's ongoing demands and protests for the problems facing the family institution, which is the first cell of our society, and even on the days when our country has a deep demographic problem. The family needs clear constitutional protection rather than deconstruction.
2. The second summit, in principle, explicitly shares the amendment to Article 3 of the Greek Constitution, as any national, social, legal or legal commitment implies. This is a position, which is also expressed by our Ecumenical Patriarch Ecumenical Patriarch. Bartholomew, on August 1, 2017, the letter of his seventh patriarch, to the Prime Minister of Greece.
In any case, the Church of Crete disagrees with the proposed addition of the phrase "the Greek state is religiously neutral" in the third article of the Constitution. It declares its dignity to any religion, still protected by the Constitution (Article 13 (2)) and the Law of the State. The legal implications of the proposed proposal of the phrase "Greek state is religiously neutral" is unclear. Any experiment and endurance in this regard will have negative consequences for justice in the future. What does this mean for the people and the church, the reason for the religious neutrality of Greece? How does the state interpret it?
Moreover, the proposed proposal of Article 3 does not explicitly recognize the judicial identity of the Church of Crete, namely, that it is one church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and that it is subject to its Charter of Fundamental Rights.
As for the question of the use of ecclesiastical property, the Holy Synod decided unanimously and declared:
They have heard and rumor about the unfulfilled property of the church, they are not in reality. Over time, the Church of Crete gave up most of the property of the people suffering from the suffering of the fighters' fund, the support of the students and the usefulness of the church's rural structures to support and help our people throughout Crete. Moreover, most of his property was given to the state to cover the salary of the former cleric. Today the great great church property, this majority is worthless, it is impossible for it to cover the wages of Crete in Crete. So, what kind of "common" we are discussing, which will be able to cover the wages of our clergy?
Regarding the former chaplain's salary, the Holy Synod decided unanimously:
The Church of Crete respects its clerics and recognizes that they do their best in their office. The role of the Government of Crete is not only ecclesiastical but national and social. Especially in the years of this ongoing crisis, the cleric of Crete is one who has given many roles and initiatives to address the everyday problems and difficulties of our people, maintaining social cohesion. In this framework, the Synod clearly states that the existing statutory salary of the former clerics, who have been examined for decades, does not require any change. They have been published about a change in the wage regime of clerics, they do not guarantee labor rights, and they leave gaps and vagueness at many levels. Thus, the future of hundreds of Creteites, as well as their landowners, some of whom are many, is national and controversial. The Holy Synod will legally ensure that the clergy and their households, serving the Church of Crete, will not allow the violent change of their violent labor regime by serious violations of their rights.
So far, many people are silent about the cruel violation of the clerical labor rights, knowing that they too can be in the same location.
The Church of Crete declares that any formal official statement was as it was on the above and expresses dissatisfaction and strong protest with the Greek state.
Representation of the holy seat, together with the representatives of the clerical clergy of the Holy Union, expressing the nine hundred and more clergy of Crete, go directly to the leaders of the Greek Gum Parliament, to make a statement and formally support the positions of the Church of Crete. Also, MPs and other members of Greater Crete will be invited to inquire about the positions of the Church of Crete for all the above issues regarding the history and traditions of the people of Crete.