Patriarchate Calls for More Dialogue After ‘Crucifixion’ Row

December 24, 2009

Patriarchate calls for more dialogue after ‘crucifixion’ row — A spokesman from the ?stanbul-based Greek Orthodox Patriarchate said the debate surrounding Patriarch Bartholomew’s words on CBS television in the United States about feeling “crucified” living in Turkey has shown that there is a great need for dialogue between different religions.

A spokesman from the ?stanbul-based Greek Orthodox Patriarchate said the debate surrounding Patriarch Bartholomew’s words on CBS television in the United States about feeling “crucified” living in Turkey has shown that there is a great need for dialogue between different religions.

The ?stanbul-based patriarchate’s spokesman, Dositeos Anagnostopulos, said there has been a communication problem regarding the Patriarch’s words and it was because of the translation of the words of a person who thinks in Greek but speaks in Turkish.

“The patriarch had translated a Greek reference word by word in order to talk about a great suffering. There was no such reference to torture like in the Middle Ages,” Anagnostopulos said. He added that the patriarch’s words also demonstrate that people can talk freely about their hardships and this shows Turkey’s democratic standards. He also said inter-religious dialogue deserves that level of freedom as well.

Speaking in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” for a story broadcast in the US on Sunday night, Patriarch Bartholomew said Turkey’s Greek Orthodox community feels they are treated as “second-class citizens” and he feels “crucified” living in Turkey.

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