The relationship between the Church of Greece and the State has been “under heat” recently, following the Education Ministry’s intention to reform the teaching of religious studies in schools.

The latest spat came from the “lifting” of certain capital controls for the Church, with dioceses and the Archdiocese now being in the position to withdraw 10,000 and 20,000 euros per month respectively.

The Holy Synod issued a statement to clarify that the government decision was taken in order to support and ensure that it may carry out its charitable work and actions.

Likewise, the Ministry of Finances issued a statement noting that the capital controls are still in place, even for the Church. All that changed, it added, was that its monthly withdrawal limit was raised.