Father Issa Musleh, spokesperson of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, told The Jordan Times over the phone from Palestine that the decision to promote Atallah to a spiritual priest and head of the Orthodox schools in Jerusalem is "just", and should be respected.
"Such decisions are made by the holy synod and do not undergo any change or reversal," Musleh
said, noting that priests should be humble and obedient, respecting all the decisions taken by the holy synod.
added that throughout its history, the Orthodox Church
has dealt with controversial issues, without the interference of the government unless the church deemed it necessary.