About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:18 - 3 Mar.'15
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Ivanishvili on Georgian Orthodox Church
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 10 Apr.'13 / 14:54

PM Ivanishvili said on April 10 that “problems exist” in the Georgian Orthodox Church too and speaking publicly on these issues should not be a taboo.

Ivanishvili was speaking during a press conference, held for a group of senior editors from some print media and major television channels. He made these remarks after he was asked about his stance on relations between the state and the Georgian Orthodox Church in general and in particular on recent debates in which some senior Orthodox clerics were criticized for driving luxury cars in the country with large number of socially vulnerable population; critics also claimed that spending of taxpayers’ funds, received from the state budget, by the Church was not transparent.

“The Church should be independent from the state,” Ivanishvili responded, adding that Orthodox Christianity “is a huge part of our culture, so I have a huge respect” towards the Church.

“How religious personally I am – that’s another issue and it’s not interesting for you,” he said.

He defended practice of allocating funding to the Georgian Orthodox Church from the state budget. This year the Church has GEL 25 million funding from the state budget.

“But the state should not in any way try to use levers to influence on the Church,” PM said.

“No matter how we try to hide it and no matter how much we take care of our Church, which we respect, we know that problems exist there too and in some cases representatives from the society react on these [problems],” Ivanishvili said when he was asked what his stance was on some criticism voiced recently against the Church. 

“I think it’s normal and everyone should have a possibility to express [opinion] on everything and there should be no taboo topics. Every representative of the society should be able to ask a question, but without insult,” the PM said.

Latest News
03 Mar.'15 16:18
Breakaway Region’s Leader Discourages S.Ossetians From Going to Georgian Hospitals
Tibilov has again spoken out against S.Ossetian residents going to Georgia for medical treatment.
02 Mar.'15 22:40
At UN Human Rights Council, Georgian FM Criticizes Russia’s ‘Aggressive Policies’
“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine should be dully responded by international community,” she said.
02 Mar.'15 15:28
Georgian Parliament Speaker Visits U.S.
Usupashvili is accompanied by GD MP Tedo Japaridze, who chairs foreign affairs committee.
28 Feb.'15 18:44
UNM Plans Protest Rally to Demand Govt Resignation
UNM has called for a protest rally in Tbilisi center on March 21.
28 Feb.'15 16:25
GD Boycott Thwarts Parliament Special Session, Sought by UNM
UNM wanted debates on economy; GD MPs rejected it as UNM’s attempt to “stage a show.”
28 Feb.'15 14:07
Tbilisi Condemns Murder of Nemtsov
Nemtsov’s death is “a loss for the Russian people and their better future,” parliament speaker said.
28 Feb.'15 13:13
Romanian PM Reiterates ‘Strong Support’ for Georgia’s EU, NATO Integration
Romanian and Georgian prime ministers met in Bucharest on February 27.
27 Feb.'15 16:58
C.Bank Chief Responds to ‘Slanderous Campaign’, Calls to Stop ‘Blame-Shifting’ over GEL Fall
Late on Friday afternoon GEL strengthened 3.7% to 2.1654 per U.S. dollar.
27 Feb.'15 12:57
Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet in Prague
Russia said to complete remaining work to implement 2011 WTO deal in near future.
27 Feb.'15 12:48
January GDP Growth 0.5% - Preliminary Data
Government plans to more than halve its growth forecast for this year.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
50