“There are, at the moment, demands for even tougher, more painful and even more unfair measures along the same ineffective and unsuccessful lines as in our recent past, “There are demands for even bigger doses of a medicine which is proving deadly. There are demands for commitments that do not solve the problem but only put off temporarily the foretold death of our economy. Meanwhile, the put our national sovereignty up for collateral. “They mortgage our wealth but also the wealth we could obtain from our land and seas. They mortgage freedom, democracy and national dignity.”
Commentators said it was almost unprecedented for an archbishop to intervene so forcefully in political and economic issues. Also, Ieronymos has a reputation for being reserved and having less of a tendency to comment on non-religious issues than his late predecessor, Christodoulos.