Posted February 12, 2018 07:08:56 After the death of the first Greek Orthodox priest in Greece in January 2017, many people have wondered why his followers were carrying guns.
Now, they have an answer.
According to a new report from the BBC, the Greek Orthodox Church has banned its priests from carrying guns, which have become an important part of their religious rites.
The move comes amid the increasing pressure on the Greek authorities and Greek media over the violence in Greece following the death in January of the priest, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.
According the report, the decree was made on Friday and it will be reviewed at a later date.
The decree says that it is the church’s decision and will be taken after further study.
The decision to ban the priests from wearing firearms comes after the Greek police in January announced that they had arrested 10 Greek Orthodox men in connection with a series of attacks on churches and synagogues, in the northern city of Chios.
The police also said that they have seized firearms.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Patriarch Bartholy told the Greek daily newspaper Ekathimerini on Tuesday.
“Our priests are in a dangerous position, we must protect them.
Our churches are in danger, and this is the right time to make this decision.”
However, in recent days, the Vatican has accused the Greek government of “political pressure” and accused the church of being “a political party” in a recent speech.
Greek media has said that the decision to prohibit the priests was “in reaction to the increased pressure by the Greek Government and the media” on the church to stop its attacks on Greek Orthodox churches and the Greek Parliament.
The church’s leader, the patriarch, has since issued a series or sermons on the dangers of the clergy in the country, saying that it was necessary to make a statement to the public about the danger of the Church in the West.
However, the decision has sparked widespread criticism on social media and in Greece.
“I am against violence, I am against all kinds of attacks, but this decision by the government and the church is an attack on the Christian faith and the Church as a whole,” one commentator on the website of the Greek newspaper Kathimerini wrote on Tuesday, according to Kathimerinis report.
The Greek Orthodox church in the US is also under pressure, with a recent report in the Christian Science Monitor claiming that more than 70 US priests are under investigation over the killings of at least 10 women.
The US bishops have been in discussions with US President Donald Trump and the US Department of Justice over the crisis in Greece and have asked the US to support the US in its fight against the attacks, the Monitor said.