Greeks Back Separation After Orthodox Church Scandals

Recent polling shows a majority of Greeks favor the separation of church and state following ongoing media coverage of an array of scathing charges against the Greek Orthodox Church.

The Greek Orthodox Church holds great sway over the nation’s government and is Greece’s official religion. More than 97 percent of the nation’s populace is baptized Orthodox.

But public outrage has grown with continuous allegations that include trial tampering to aid drug peddlers and sexual improprieties. A senior cleric has also been suspended for alleged embezzlement.

The church is also looking into allegations concerning a 91-year-old prelate. A photo published in an Athens newspaper allegedly showed the bishop nude in bed with a young woman.