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Court Rejects MEP’s Complaint against Orthodox Church

The Supreme Administrative Court has rejected a complaint by MEP Mitro Repo against the Finnish Orthodox Church. Repo, an Orthodox priest, was banned from serving in the priesthood after running as a candidate in the elections for the European Parliament.

Europarlamentaarikko Mitro Repo.
Image: mitrorepo.fi

The court found that the matter falls within the jurisdiction of the bishops of the Orthodox Church. According to the ruling, the ban placed on Repo involves the right of the Orthodox Church, which has internal autonomy, to interpret its own teachings.

When Repo became a candidate for the European Parliament earlier this year, the bishops banned him from performing sacraments during his candidacy and possible membership in the European Parliament.

Repo was also banned from using the priest’s cassock, cross, and other insignia linked with the Orthodox priesthood.

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