How is the Ecumenical Patriarchate being persecuted?

May 28, 2018
The Order of Saint Andrew has identified five principal issues of concern: 
1) the lack of any legal identity afforded to it by the Turkish state; 
2) the closing in 1971 of the Patriarchates theological seminary and the resultant inability to train new clergy; 
3) confiscation of thousands of properties by the host government; 
4) interference in Patriarchal elections; 
5) the non-recognition of the Patriarchates historic and venerable “Ecumenical” status. 
All these conditions go to the very core of this ancient religious community’s very ability to survive.