US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Former Metropolitan Ambassador of Kalawrit and Aigialia excommunicated Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Niki Kerameus and Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias.
Weaning occurred after the first Sunday liturgy held in Greece after the mitigation of measures against the spread of coronavirus. Ambrose, known for his extreme right-wing utterances, read out the text of excommunication in the absence of the current Metropolitan Jerome.
Ambrose said earlier that if Education Minister Nicky Kerameos did not apologize for his “blasphemous words” that the coronavirus is transmitted with saliva, and therefore with the sacrament, then he will excommunicate her from the church.
The synod of the Greek Orthodox Church immediately declared that only the bishops’ council has the right to excommunicate members of the Greek Church from the church. Consequently, the decision of Ambrose is invalid and illegal.
Ambrose left the post of Metropolitan in 2019. He was accused of homophobia, racism, support of the far right.
The court found him guilty of public incitement to violence, of publishing on the Internet homophobic calls and speeches against migrants. After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Ambrose declared that Mitsotakis should not close churches and be the persecutor of Christ. According to him, consecration is a cure for coronavirus.
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