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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 September 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2019 21 YOUR SAY Letters to the Editor ABORTION AND THE CHURCH In a previous edition of Neos Kosmos, the recently arrived Archbishop Makarios protested against the abortion bill and even called on Hellenism to demand that the politicians in their regions vote against the law. Furthermore, he called on Greeks to be present at the rally that took place on Tuesday 20 August at Martin Place, at the Sydney CBD. In this instance, I would like to clarify my objections to the Archbishop's interventions on social and political issues regarding abortion. First and foremost, I would like to emphasise that termination of pregnancy by removing the embryo is called 'abortion'. There are serious cases SHARING OUR GREEK AND ENGLISH LANGUAGES I am particularly interested in the works of contributors to Neos Kosmos, especially those who are from the world of arts and letters, as are Mr Tamis, Mr Amanatidis, Mr Iliopoulos, and Mr Vitkos, MY THOUGHT OF THE DAY Strange but true…a Minority vote (30 per cent) rules the majority (70 per cent); the President overrides Parliamentary decisions; corrupt politicians enjoy political immunity; the government robs peoples' bank accounts to save a corrupt banking system; EU-Bank policies spark mass repossessions; govern- when a woman is forced to, in many cases, undergo an abortion, and in which her decision is justified. His Holy Eminence needs to take into account that in many cases, abortion is justified internationally and legally in cases of rape or when there is a medical reason that threatens the health of the woman as well as social and economical factors. Abortion is also justified during teenage years as a result of youthful carelessness and lack of contraception. In this case, education plays a role. In Greece, abortion is allowed under certain conditions according to the penal code where termination of pregnancy is allowed with the agreement of the wom- to name a few. I was pleasantly surprised, as usual, with Mr Thomas Iliopoulos, and his amazing article titled 'Sharing Language in Bilingual Study of Theatre' (English Neos Kosmos, 17 August, and Greek Neos Kosmos, 24 August, 2019). I recognise an and obstetrician. It is permitted within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. There are no time limits in cases of rape, sex with a minor and incest. In contrast, Cyprus has legalised abortion in cases where there is the serious danger to the physical and mental health of the mother. It is also allowed in cases where a child is diagnosed with a serious deformity or mental health issues. These days, abortions are legal and safe. Ecclesiastically, there are moral issues concerning abortion because the church maintains that the embryo is a human life, hence has the right to life in 'contrast' to the definition of the law. In my case, I agree with the the difficulty of such an effort, such time-consuming classification and composition of such a demanding and detailed study. My deepest congratulations Mr Iliopoulos, may you always be well and continue to take us on a journey to the roots of our thousands of Greeks that would prefer the hierarch to deal with the spiritual education of his flock and cease dealing with matters governed by the law and society, and the political leadership of the nation. With all due respect and with unlimited appreciation of our Most High Spiritual Leader, I wish to draw attention to cases when the church mingling in matters of a social and political nature that in the end were disastrous for society as a whole. One example is that of the selfproclaimed Damaskinos as regent of our country with dramatic consequences, as well as in the Cyprus tragedy. Kyriakos Vavakis, Melbourne Greek language. I would also like to thank our newspaper, Neos Kosmos, for the excellent collaborations and high-level reporting and spiritual cultivation of your readers. Andreas Botsaris, Adelaide YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: Separating the church and the state Nicholas Stavropoulos Thinking journalist? Fotis predictably fails to mention that late term abortion is violent, painful and cruel to the child being aborted. No pain relief even considered. Fotis should seek to pursue truth and justice first in his thinking journalism. Nick Rodintsis “In fact, the bill actually adds more regulation not less, by requiring two doctors to sign an approval for late termination. And only when the mother’s life is in danger, or in the case of severe foetal abnormality. The Queensland Law Reform Commission report on the review of termination of pregnancy reveals only 1 per cent to 3 per cent of abortions are ever carried out at such a late stage.” I think you need to read the article again in full for the writer’s points and for “truth and justice first in...thinking journalism” Chris Zissiadis So as the Bill increases the protections and regulations regarding late-term abortions, and although abortion is currently a crime by law, in NSW it is effectively legal due to case law, you would, therefore, support the new Bill? Nick Rodintsis Chris Zissiadis, the Bill is to remove it from the crime act and streamline it with the rest of Australia. This is a difficult topic for many people however regardless of one’s views the current law in NSW is outdated and needs reform so there is certainty in law. Nicholas Mandros In practice it provides no increase ment fails to prevent homelessness; citizens are sick with dogmatic party-political bickering that split the nation; as liars, the political elite can not be trusted by the people; the Judiciary rewards corruption by declining to prosecute; abstention vote is at it's highest; the chattering class fail to report with impartiality; government incompetence has failed to free Cyprus; meanwhile, the Turkification and annexation of the island continues… What a mess…what a government! What happened to real Democracy and real Leadership – a government elected by the people for the people in the interest of country and people? It's only an illusion and no longer exists! It has been replaced by Oligarchy and Elected-Dictatorship brimming with inglorious politicians that thrive in a PseudoDemocracy because of a passive society that fails to speak out against bad politics and bad policies! Sad state of affairs indeed…! Andreas C Chrysafis Author/Writer/Artist in protection. Regulations against late term abortions are a not effective for anything and people know it. There are unscrupulous medical practitioners out there ready to give assent for anything. Nicholas Stavropoulos One may philosophise and intellectualise to the satisfaction of one’s ego, like a Pharisee, but the truth remains. This is the cruel death of an unborn child. I wander whether animal right have now surpassed human rights. Demetri Hughes As per my separate comment, it is absurd to take exception to the spiritual shepherd speaking truth to scripture. It is taking abortion from being the exception to the norm even at late stages. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Neos Kosmos welcomes Letters to the Editor. The views and opinions expressed in these are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the publisher. We reserve the right to edit contributions. All letters must be accompanied by the contact details of the authors. Send these to firstname.lastname@example.org I found this old photo in my father Con Papakonstantinos’ Hioni Photo Studio archives, taken around 1977/1978. From Left to right: my pilot brothers Nick and Terry; seated L-R: Patriarch Bartholomew (before his anointment), Father Ilias, Archbishop Stylianos, George Scholaris, Archbishop Panteleimon, Nick and Kathy Arhantonis (brother and sister of the Patriarch); standing L-R: the late mother of Tasos Tseprailidis (Ktenas), my mother Dina Papakonstantinou, Maria Tseprailidis, Emi Lidis (daughter of Tasos & Maria), Tasos Tseprailidis, Stella Papas (me), Kostas Tseprailidis, Despina Tseprailidis (Mike Zafiropoulos’ wife) ~ Stella Papas Nick Rodintsis Demetri Hughes it is actually very unchristian to lie and mislead! The proposals as the author clearly states is for more oversight for late term abortions that will require the approval of two doctors as opposed to currently one! How is this taking late term abortion from being the exception to the norm? If you want to claim truth you should start with yourself... Demetri Hughes Nick Rodintsis, God bless you and thank you for your message. These laws regrettably do not facilitate greater oversight, if that were the case the status quo would be maintained. My refuting of this article relates to the assertions against the Orthodox Archbishop. Nick Rodintsis Demetri Hughes I think you need to take a closer look at the proposals. It clearly states that late term abortions will require the approval of two doctors rather than the currently one required. How would greater oversight be achieved by maintaining the status quo? Andrew Psarommatis Thank you Mr Kapetopoulos for not being disingenuous about the fact that you grew up in an anti-clerical, Communist leaning household. Your bias is clearly evident, my gratitude for not attempting to obscure it. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicised here...
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