Greek Catholic prelate fears disaster looms

July 18, 2011

Greece's Catholic Church faces disaster because the current economic crisis is forcing it to end vital social and charitable projects, said Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos of Athens.

"This crisis could be the worst in our history," Foskolos told Catholic News Service July 6.

"We get no help from the state or other Western churches, and our faithful can't give any more.

Our parishes and dioceses are in deep trouble, and in a few months we won't be able to support our staffers and employees."

Foskolos said the country's state-supported Orthodox Church also faces "serious problems" after being told its clergy's state-paid salaries would be cut by half, he said.