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NEW YORK SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DISMISSES OCL LAWSUIT

AGAINST GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA

 

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021  
Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0215
Web: http://www.goarch.org

Email: communications@goarch.org


For Immediate Release                                        
August 12,2004                                                        

Contact: Nikki Stephanopoulos
Tel.: 212.570.3530



New York, NY - On February 2, 2004, several individuals brought an action in New York State Supreme Court against the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Archbishop Demetrios seeking to invalidate the 2003 Charter granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

On August 6, 2004, Justice Ira Gammerman of the New York State Supreme Court rendered a decision granting, with costs, the motion of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to dismiss the lawsuit. The Justice wrote, “I do not think it can seriously be disputed that the Greek Orthodox Church is hierarchical.”  The Court relied on a United States Supreme Court decision, Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese for the USA. v Milivojevich, 426 US 696 (1976), stating such decision was “squarely on point.” The Court further stated that pursuant to the Milivojevich case, “the courts simply do not have the authority to interfere with the manner in which churches organize the titles of their clerics, to determine the eligibility criteria for candidates for Archbishop or bishop, to oversee monasteries, or to inject the state judicial authority into other matters raised by this action.”

The Court’s memorandum decision is posted at the Archdiocese website at  

http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/documents/.

 

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