By Christina Flora
In a brief but very important announcement, the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Agia Triada of Halki, expresses its deep sorrow over the fact that Erdogan’s promises to reopen the Theological School of Halki, have not been fulfilled.
In a written statement, the Bishop clarifies that the Patriarchate will not give up the fight for the reopening of the Theological School, noting:
“We will keep believing that the reopening of the Theological School of Halki is necessary and we will keep trying. We ask our Prime Minister to continue in the right direction towards the violation of human and religious rights of his citizens.”
In recent years Erdogan’s government promised to reopen the Halki Seminary, leading many people to believe that it would operate again.
However, in a recent interview, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey implied that this is not going to happen.
Today Tayyip Erdogan announced the “package of democratization” in which there was no mention to the Theological School of Halki.