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Istanbul: The Historic Meeting Between the Grand Mufti and Patriarch Bartholomew
La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/5/12 | Vatican Insider Staff

Posted on 07/06/2012 6:53:04 PM PDT by marshmallow

The meeting marked a new phase of collaboration and interreligious dialogue which had long been impossible. Negotiations also began for the reopening of the Orthodox Halki seminary

Today was a historic day for Istanbul. Turkey’s greatest religious authority, the Grand Mufti, Mehmet Görmez, attended a meeting with Bartholomew I, at the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

This was the first time in the history of modern Turkey that the head of the Presidency for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) visited the highest representative of the country’s oldest religion, the Orthodox faith, which has its origins in the Byzantine Empire.

The meeting, which had been scheduled some time ago, was arranged in order to give impetus to interreligious dialogue and push for the re opening of the Orthodox Halki seminary, which the military closed in 1971. For centuries, this seminary was the training place for the upper echelons of the Orthodox Church.

The Grand Mufti addressed this issue in today’s meeting with Bartholomew: “A country as big as this - Görmez stated – should not have to send its clergy abroad to be educated.” In other words, if the Halki seminary is not reopened, Bartholomew I’s successors will inevitably come from abroad.

The Patriarch said he “fully agreed” with Görmez, adding that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative Islamic government “is dealing with the problem in a constructive manner.”

In this morning’s issue of Turkish daily newspaper Radikal, Huseiyn Celik, former Education minister and Vice Secretary of Akp, stated: “It was a mistake to close Halki; not to reopen it would be another mistake. There is no criticism preventing it from being opened; it is a right.”

The first discussion between the two religious leaders, which was then followed by a second closed-door.....

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1 posted on 07/06/2012 6:53:09 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

So why does La Stampa’s writer chose to characterize the Grand Mufti as Turkey’s “greatest religious authority”, rather than characterizing the Ecumenical Patriarch as Turkey’s “greatest religious authority”?


2 posted on 07/06/2012 7:06:14 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: marshmallow

If the seminary is closed, the religious leader will have to come from abroad. I don’t think the Turks want anyone outside of Turkey as the Orthodox leaders as this would bring in international scrutiny. An Orthodox leader who is born a Turk and has his whole family in Turkey makes him a hostage to the Turks. I think this is what they want, someone that they can intimidate and control.


3 posted on 07/06/2012 7:22:26 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: The_Reader_David

Perhaps by the word “greatest” he means “most powerful”. The original article was written in Italian so it could be the translation.


4 posted on 07/06/2012 7:24:22 PM PDT by marshmallow (.)
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