Echr: Respect For The Church’s Freedom Justifies The Non-recognition By The State Of A Priests’ Union

Turtle Bay and Beyond: This July 9, 2013, in the case Sindicatul “Păstorul cel Bun” v. Romania (No. 2330/09), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights delivered a highly anticipated judgment about the freedom of churches to operate under their own rules, without arbitrary interference from the State, i.e. in accordance with the principle of autonomy of churches.