Three senior Cyprus bishops who have been urging the resignation of Archbishop Makarios as the Cyprus head of state met again in Limassol on Wednesday (22 March).
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Background: Three senior Cyprus bishops who have been urging the resignation of Archbishop Makarios as the Cyprus head of state met again in Limassol on Wednesday (22 March).
The bishops want the Archbishop to resign as president because, they say, the Greek Orthodox Church does not allow an Archbishop to hold temporal powers.
However, Archbishop Makarios has firmly rejected their demand -- and has claimed that their requests have signs of "non-ecclesiastical inspiration". The Archbishop warns that if the three bishops (Paphos, Kyrenis and Kitium) insist on his resignation there could be an upheaval in the Church - and a disintegration of the Cyprus state.
Strong feelings have been aroused in Cyprus by the disagreement between Archbishop Markarios and the bishops - and security precautions were taken at Limassol as the three bishops met.
SYNOPSIS: Police patrol the grounds of the Limassol Bishopric on Tuesday as three senior Cyprus bishops meet to discuss their demand that Archbishop Makarios resign as President. Strong feelings have been aroused in Cyprus by the disagreement between the Archbishop and the bishops of Pathos, Kyrenia and Kitium -- and the police took elaborate precautions to keep people away from the building where the meeting was held. Barbed wire blockades were set across roads - and local people were politely, but firmly, turned away.
The meeting had special interest because the bishops were considering the Archbishop's firm rejection of their demand. Furthermore, Archbishop Makarios has warned them that if they insist on his resignation their attitude could cause an upheaval in the Church, and the disintegration of the Cyprus state. The three bishops base their demand on the belief that the Greek Orthodox Church forbids an Archbishop to hold temporal powers. The Archbishop has claim that their demands arise form "non-ecclesiastical" considerations.