Originally posted by Zenovia:Turkey has just that intention. It requires Turkish citizenship for the Patriarch, yet has conveniently ethnically cleansed all the Greek Orthodox, and at the same time, refuses to open the theological school at Halki.
This is the real difficulty of the situation. The Patriarch must be a Turkish citizen, meaning among other things he must serve in the Turkish military IIRC. The population exchange and the exodus after the riots in the 50's have left almost no Greeks in Turkey. The only working seminary remains closed. All of that spells death for the Patriarchate in the city. I know some people hold out hope that the EU will make things better, but I don't hold out hope in that regard.
I think the most difficult thing to contemplate is that I don't think the Turks will allow many of the holdings of the Patriarchate to leave the country should it ever need to.
Well, there will be no one to take Patriarch Bartolomew's place, although there are Turkish speaking Orthodox, (no one know's where they came from, although two theories exist). One is that they were originally Turks that had contact with the Byzantine Empire and became Christian, and the other is that they were Orthodox, that eventually adopted the Turkish language.
I have heard it theorized that there are Karamanlides that remained and pretend to be Muslims. If that's true, or how many, I would guess is impossible to say. You couldn't look at that as a possible wellspring of life for the church unless the climate of hostility to Christian minorities in Turkey changed. There is no sign that is the case.