A threatened split within the Greek Orthodox Church was averted on Thursday (10 May) with the election of a new ten-member Holy Synod.
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Background: A threatened split within the Greek Orthodox Church was averted on Thursday (10 May) with the election of a new ten-member Holy Synod.
The Synod, which is the administrative body of the Greek Orthodox Church, was elected during a meeting of 63 Bishops, under the chairmanship of Archbishop Ieronymos, the Primate of Greece. The voting ended after five hours of debate, with the new members elected 33 votes to 30.
The crisis within the Church developed in April when the State Council withdrew the appointments of 12 bishops to the Holy Synod. This followed appeals by two Bishops who claimed that the appointments had created judicial irregularities within the Church.
The crisis split the clergy into two factions and strained relations between the ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Church.
After a Government summons, the hierarchy was given until Saturday (12 May) to complete the election of new members.