Piraeus, Greece, February 11, 2022
Specific steps must be taken, including the rejection of the Ukrainian schismatics, the Council of Crete, and ecumenism, in order to preserve the existence of the Orthodox Church of Greece, says the Metropolis of Piraeus.
Both Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus himself and the Metropolis’ Office of Heresies and Cults have spoken on these matters many times before.
In October, the Office issued a document arguing that the Synod of Crete and the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s granting of autocephaly to the graceless schismatics of the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” are both forerunners to the planned false union between Orthodoxy and Catholicism
In its new statement, on the de-Christianization of Europe and its impact on Orthodoxy, the Office analyzes an article by Professor Giorgios Piperopuolos that states that participation in the Sacraments has dropped off in Greece due to the pandemic and “the erosion of Greek society under the influence of New Age ideology and the secularization of Church life.”
However, to this should be added “two more scandals of the highest order,” the Metropolis says: the recognition of the excommunicated and anathematized schismatics of Constantinople’s “Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” and the unwillingness to condemn the heresy of ecumenism or 2016’s Council of Crete.
Specific steps must be taken so that “the Local Greek Church isn’t wiped off the face of the earth, as the seven Local Churches of Asia Minor were wiped out,” the statement reads.
Thus, “Let our Local Church unanimously condemn the invalid Ukrainian autocephaly, to not become supporters of the schism,” the Metropolis calls.
“After such serious falls of ours, how is it possible for the blessing of God to come, on which every spiritual fruition depends? And how is it possible to avoid the de-Christianization of the Church after such falls?” the document asks.
“Let’s not forget that God is not mocked (Gal. 6:7) and that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31). If we’re indifferent, then at some point the spiritual law will begin to operate. Therefore, before God’s wrath breaks out, let’s take the time to do the right thing,” the Office of Heresies and Cults concludes.