‘Ecumenical’ statement from Fatih District Governor’s Office: It has no qualifications


38-44 of the Treaty of Lausanne, titled the protection of minorities. It was noted that the status of non-Muslim Turkish citizens was determined in the articles, and the following information was given:

“Accordingly, it has been promised that necessary facilities will be provided for our citizens who have been taken under the status of minority to worship and educate in their own language with religious freedom, and to protect their places of worship and cemeteries. In short, the Patriarchate, whose situation became clear after long discussions during the negotiations of the Treaty of Lausanne, has been transformed into a new status with the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. In this context, the Patriarchate is a church with only religious powers as a church of the Greek minority in Turkey. It is a religious institution that should be considered within the framework of the Treaty entitled ‘Protection of Minorities’. Although Turkey has the freedom to choose their own religious officials, the Patriarchate does not have an ‘ecumenical’ political-administrative character.

As a matter of fact, as a result of the intervention of other non-Greek Orthodox churches to the judiciary, the 4th Chamber of the Court of Cassation, in its decision numbered E:2005/10694, K.2007/5603: ‘A sovereign state grants certain privileges that it does not even recognize to the majority, by applying a law different from its own citizens to minorities living in its own territory. granting them a special status by granting them a special status cannot be accepted as it would clearly contradict the principle of equality set forth in Article 10 of the Constitution. Therefore, the claim that the Patriarchate is ecumenical has no legal basis. As it can be understood from the letter of the Governorship of Istanbul dated 6 December 1923 and numbered 1092, the persons to be elected and to participate in the religious and spiritual elections in the Patriarchate must be Turkish citizens and be employed in Turkey during the election. This is a clear indication that the Patriarchate does not have an ecumenical title.’ is highlighted. As a result; The “ecumenical” claim of the Fener Greek Patriarchate, which is accepted as a religious organization affiliated to the Fatih District Governorship in the Lausanne Treaty minutes and judicial decisions, is incompatible with legal facts.

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