Saturday, August 20, 2011

Greek Orthodox Metropolitans Debate Mandatory Retirement Age

The announcement of Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Zakynthos that he will retire this 1 September at the age of seventy-two has reignited a debate within the Greek Orthodox Church about whether a mandatory retirement age should be introduced for the Church of Greece's ruling metropolitans. Some support a retirement age, saying that the metropolitans need to be able to actively shepherding their flocks to remain the heads of their metropolises, while others defend the traditional system of leaving ruling metropolitans in place until their retirement or death because of the role of the metropolitan as the icon of Christ in the diocesan church. More (in Greek) here.

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