independence= Traditional |
recognition= 692 by [[Quinisext Council]] |
primate=[[Theophilus III of Jerusalem|Patr. Theophilus]]|
territory=Israel, Palestine, Jordan|
Lately there has been criticism of the church leadership by Palestinian faithful, who accuse the Greek-speaking and largely Greek-born leadership of squandering their money and treating their Arabic-speaking members as second-class faithful.
Following the recent deposition of Patriarch [[Irenaios I (Skopelitis) of Jerusalem|Irenaios I]] amidst scandals regarding the transfer of land to Jewish control, the Holy Synod of the church named as their [[locum tenens|temporary primate]] His Eminence Metropolitan [[Cornelius (Rodousakis) of Petra]]. On [[August 22]], 2005, the Holy Synod unanimously elected the former Archbishop of Tabor, [[Theophilus III of Jerusalem|Theophilus]], as the 141st Patriarch of Jerusalem.