Bishop ex-communicates PM Mitsotakis!
One of the most hardcore bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church, Amvrosios, ex-communicated the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Education & Religious Affairs Minister Niki Kerameos as well as the head of the Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias over the dispute whether the faithful can get infected with the coronavirus through the Holy Communion. Bishop Amvrosios read the severe "punishment" on the first day churches in Greece were allowed to liturgise after two months of coronavirus lockdown.
After the Sunday Mass was concluded, bishop Amvrosios read the so-called "Great Excommunication" on PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister Niki Kerameos and Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias.
While Amvrosios was reading his text, the handful of faithful in attendance started leaving the church one after the other, local media reported.
With a post on his personal blog a few days ago, the former Bishop of Kalavryta and Aigialeia had threatened that he will excommunicate Minister Kerameos after she said that the coronavirus is transmitted through the saliva.
Amvrosios considered the ministerís statement as an exhortation to the faithful to refrain from participating in the holy communion, where the symbolic "blood and body of Jesus Christ" is shared with a common spoon among the congregation.
He described the Ministerís statement as "blasphemous" and called on the Minister "to publicly apologize for this indescribable crime".
He also referred to an alleged conversation between PM Mitsotakis and the head of the Civil Protection Mr Hardalias on the issue. The conversation was "fake news" posted on social media, but Amvrosios claimed the conversation was real as the two had not dismissed it.
The action of ex-com-munication is a punishment for a "great sin" and officially excludes the "sinful" person from participation in the sacraments and worship services of the Greek Orthodox Church.
By the Greek Orthodox faith, the punishment can only be lifted either by the priest who imposed it or by the Holy Synod.
It must be noted that due to the Greek State's tangled ties with the Greek Church, which go back many years, the clergymen are considered to be public servants and are still on the Government's payroll. The Church receives additional hand outs and their multi billion business and assets are exempt from any Government tax.