Greek hierarchs warn that the time of persecutions has come: “We are Orthodox Greece: let us not be traitors”

Athens, December 17, 2015

“Adoption of the new law is officially opening the page of state persecutions against our faith. The politicians shamelessly refer to the European consensus concerning legalization of sodomy, but they conceal the fact that the post-Christian Europe has become Sodom and Gomorrah,” Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus is speaking of what is going on in Greece.

Now that the so-called Anti-Racism Law which prohibits “discrimination” against homosexuals is adopted in Greece, it is time for the next step: to secure the legal status of “same-sex unions”.

Metropolitan Ignatios of Larisa and Tyrnavos:


“Sin is being officially legalized in our country… Homosexuality is an abominable sin which leads people to inevitable spiritual death… The politicians are following the stench coming from the “civilized” countries which before us recognized that black is white, that bitter is sweet, and that unlawful is lawful…

Thus, “Let us attend”. “Let us lift up our hearts”. This is Orthodox Greece. This is our treasure. They envy us and intend to take this treasure from us. Let us not fall into this trap! Let us not be traitors!”

Metropolitan Pavlos of Sisanion and Siatista:


“Perhaps it is time to close our doors before those ‘politicians’ who visit us allegedly for respect, but in reality for populist purposes?

“Does someone sincerely believe that the Church can betray its eternal values and adapt itself to the momentary needs of each historical epoch?

“The undeniable right of the Church is to bear witness to the truth. And homosexuality is inconsistent with Church life.

“Gentlemen of the government! Perhaps tomorrow you are going to demand that the Church accepts bestiality and pedophilia? Some expect that as soon as ‘the Free Cohabitation Law’ is adopted, you will be forced to legalize pedophilia.

“Europe will put pressure upon you. And you are ready to do anything. Do you really think that we will ever agree with this?”

Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus:


“Adoption of the new law is officially opening the page of state persecutions against our faith. The politicians shamelessly refer to the European consensus concerning legalization of sodomy, but they conceal the fact that post-Christian Europe has become Sodom and Gomorrah. The persecutions are approaching. We will be threatened, we will be reviled, we will probably be imprisoned and murdered. But we must remain faithful even unto death. We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29), remembering that In the world ye shall have tribulation (Jn 16:33), because the world hateth you, for the Lord has chosen you out of the world (Jn 15:18-19). And we should not forget the words: And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul (Mt 10:28).

“On behalf of the Holy Metropolis of Piraeus we officially announce to all the politicians who will vote for legalization of the moral insanity, that all contact with them will be stopped.”


John4/29/2017 1:33 am
May we always have hierarchs willing to speak out against the stench of the world! It's too bad Greece and the other Balkan states joined the EU. They should pull out, work together for Orthodoxy, try to get Constantinople back, anything, but stay away from the West as it plunges over the cliff. Lord have mercy.
Tyler9/10/2016 11:41 pm
What would the people who died to free their Christian nation form the Ottoman's say?!! Only to have it be destroyed morally from within?!
May their sacrifice for Fatherland not be proven in vain!

But I don't see why the Hieromonk thinks that a wife should be punished with withholding of church burial for someone else's sin? Isn't punishing one for the sin of another forbidden even in the Old Testament Law?

Should I be punished for my President's sin?
orthodox form PL1/4/2016 5:18 pm
now, you see what the EU is in reality
You, the Greeks ought to have reacted earlier, only when the calendar reform was introduced. You also had a chance when there was the new Prime minister elected. Why didn't you leave the EU and joined Russia then? you'd have the south steam built in your country and would steadily exist just by taking fees for the transport (pumping) of oil.
but even now you can choose what is right and repair you mistekes
it is all up to you
John Bunten12/24/2015 4:25 pm
I support wholehartedly the Greek Orthodox church and worry that our own western churches are not displaying the same resistance to the the evils that are being purpetuated as normal behavior by our politians and a perverse society.It must be stopped.

Raven Rebeau12/21/2015 11:00 am
Would that we could only hear a similar cry from the churches of the United States of America.Unfortunately, many of our Christian (so called) denominations are in the vanguard, actually paving the way for this abomination.

May God in His mercy bless and strengthen the Orthodox Church.
So far though, I hear no outrage from that quarter.
R Jones12/21/2015 3:23 am
I am Catholic, but I love these patriarchs and will fight for them and suffer if necessary.
Hieromonk Michael12/21/2015 2:38 am
The politicians who vote for these laws should be warned that they will not be permitted any of the Church's Mysteries, not even burial, neither them nor their wives if they vote for these laws. Hieromonk Michael.
John Ward12/20/2015 11:44 pm
Fine article. The whole of the Western World is at threat as we perhaps near the end times. Our Lord warned us that we will have to stand or fall on our faith. Let us hope that with prayer and unity we shall stand.
May the love and grace of Christ be with all believers at this time of tribulation.
John Ward
Australian and Orthodox.
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