Posted by: becketfund | October 4, 2006

Turkey: Government Refuses to Re-Open Greek Orthodox Seminary

Reuters reports that the Greek Orthodox seminary near Istanbul, closed in 1971 in response to legislation, remains shut despite mounting pressure from the EU to reopen the school.  The Turkish government claims that reopening the seminary would mean Muslims could open their own schools as well, which the government fears could lead to Islamic extremism.  Currently, the Greek Orthodox population in Istanbul numbers about 3,000, and even if the school were to reopen, Turkish laws stating that the students must be Turkish citizens would restrict the worldwide Greek Orthodox population from sending seminarians there to be educated.  Before it closed, the school taught students from Ethiopia and Britain as well as from Turkey and Greece.

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