Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus Spreading
Conspiracy Theories Based on the „Protocols”
John Sanidopoulos – Mystagogy/ 22 december 2010
Metropolitan Seraphim has been instrumental as of late in spreading conspiracy theories and unfounded fears among Greeks. This year alone he has appealled to the Greek government for the dissolution of Freemasonry in Greece based on the accusation that they worship Satan, opposed the new Greek Citizen’s Card because it is a forerunner to the Mark of the Antichrist, and supported the Artemian schism in Serbia. Below is his latest spread of misinformation, obviously infuenced by the discredited Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus says Hitler was just a Zionist instrument to convince the Jews to leave Europe to Israel and ‘establish the new Empire’, JTA reports. – John Sanidopoulos
December 22, 2010 – Haaretz
A leading priest in Greece said that the world Jewry was to blame for the country’s financial problems, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Wednesday.
While being interviewed on a morning show of Greece’s largest television station, Mega TV, the Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim said that international Zionism tries to destroy family values by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages, and said there is a Zionist conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy.
The Metropolite also said that Hitler was just a tool used by Zionists in order to ensure the establishment of Israel.
When the Greek host asked him, „Why do you disagree with Hitler’s politics? If they are doing all this, wasn’t he right in burning them?,” the Metropolite answered, „Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism and was financed from the renowned Rothschild family with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire.”
He went on to say that Jews such as „Rockefeller, Rotchschild and Soros control the international banking system that controls globalization.”
The JTA quoted the president of the Athens Jewish community, Benjamin Albala, as saying: „Watching and listening to the program, I felt disgust hearing the Metropolite of Piraeus expressing himself like that against world Zionism, and shamelessly saying that Hitler with the help of Jewish bankers did what he did.”
A Statement of Clarification By
Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus
John Sanidopoulos – Mystagogy/ 23 december 2010
Due to public outcry regarding the recent remarks of Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus blaming the current financial crisis on a Zionist conspiracy and making statements that Adolph Hitler was controlled by these same Zionists (see here), the Metropolitan felt the need to clarify his remarks today in his own words below. – John Sanidopoulos
December 23, 2010 – Romfea.gr
On the occasion of the concerns raised by the European Jewish Congress with regard to my interview with the MEGA television channel on the 20th of December, I have to say the following:
1. The things I said during my television appearance on the show „Society Hour Mega” are strictly my personal views and opinions of which I have repeatedly expressed my position verbally and in writing.
2. I respect, revere and love the Jewish people like any other people of our world according to the teaching of the incarnated Son of God and the true Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ the Savior and Redeemer, who was heralded by all the Prophets and was incarnated through the Jewish nation.
3. My public vehement opposition against International Zionism refers to the organ that is the successor of the „Sanhedrin” which altered the faith of the Patriarchs, the Prophets and the Righteous of the Jewish nation through the Talmud, the Rabbinical writings and the Kabbalah into Satanism, and always strives vigorously towards an economic empire set up throughout the world with headquarters in the great land beyond the Atlantic for the prevalence of world government and pan-religion.
4. I consider like any sane person on the planet the Nazi regime and the paranoid dictator Adolf Hitler as horrible criminals against humanity and take a stand with all honor and respect against the Jewish Holocaust and any other heinous genocide such as that of the Pontic Greek and Armenian people. Besides, the Greek nation mourns thousands of martyrs from the criminal Nazi atrocities.
+ The Metropolitan of Piraeus, Seraphim
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has publicly condemned such rhetoric also in a statment made today. – John Sanidopoulos
GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE
DECRIES ANTI-SEMITIC RHETORIC
NEW YORK – In response to the recent anti-Semitic rhetoric that has been unfortunately used publicly by a Hierarch of the Church of Greece, the Holy Archdiocese of America condemns any such language, and expresses its sadness that these hurtful words should have been spoken at all. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America considers the remarks to be gravely offensive and totally unacceptable.
As a leader in Interfaith Dialogue, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese affirms its longstanding and positive relations with the Jewish Community here and abroad, and grieves with them at this incident, which is not expressive of the feelings and attitude of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and worldwide, and the Greek Nation. In this Holy Season that celebrates peace and good will among all peoples, we pray that, with God’s grace and help, mutual respect, understanding and love will prevail.
Dora Bakoyannis: „The Statements of Metropolitan
Seraphim of Piraeus Are Unacceptable”
John Sanidopoulos – Mystagogy/ 24 december 2010
December 24, 2010 – Romfea.gr
The statements of Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus were deemed unacceptable in a statement made by the chairman of the Democratic Alliance, Dora Bakoyannis.
The entire statement of Ms. Bakoyannis:
„With astonishment I was informed of the unacceptable statements of Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, which are already doing their rounds around the world through the international media, which worked, more or less, the dire economic crisis plaguing our country into a Jewish conspiracy, and essentially denying the Holocaust both of the Jewish people and of our fellow Jews in particular, making further derogatory remarks of other crises’.
History is not rewritten on the basis of any bias. Therefore I appeal to the hierarchy of the Church of Greece to take up the matter immediately, because the statements of Metropolitan Seraphim not only puts himself outside the society of love which is the hallmark of Christians, especially Orthodox, but also tarnish the long and glorious history of tolerance for diversity and protection of all by the Orthodox Church.
Simultaneously, he brutally undermines the memory of great hierarchs, such as Damaskinos of Athens, who made every effort to rescue the Jews of Athens, and Chrysostomos of Zakynthos, who managed during the Second World War to save 275 Jews of the island.
In his statements, however, Seraphim of Piraeus, ignoring therefore that the Church is directly linked to the State, infringed the penal law of Greece, which strictly prohibits and punishes those who incite racial hatred and passions. But in this regard, Greek Justice has the power to rule.”
Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America
condemn Anti-Semitism, a message from
the National Commander
New York, NY – 12/24/2010
The Order of Saint Andrew, the First-Called Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism, and in particular condemn the egregious anti-Semitic tirade of the Metropolitan of Piraeus broadcast on Greek television this past week. The Order expresses its outrage that a cleric of the Greek Orthodox Church could speak such heinous and outlandish falsehoods directed at any group of human beings. In a statement of the Commander of the Order, Dr. Anthony Limberakis said:
“It is unconscionable that a Hierarch of the Church could speak this way, much less believe these things. As dedicated Church servants who support and defend the religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and religious liberty for all people, we cannot be silent in the face of this repugnant attack on our Jewish brothers and sisters. As Orthodox Christians, and as persons of Greek heritage, we are appalled by the behavior, attitude, and malevolent speech of Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus. We say unconditionally that he in no way represents either Orthodox Christianity or the Hellenic ideals. His behavior has brought embarrassment and shame on his high office and we hope he will retract and apologize for his outrageous remarks. As we prepare for the Feast of Christmas, we pray for all people to embrace each other with respect and tolerance glorying God in the highest, with peace on earth and good will amongst women and men.”
Bishop’s Jewish rant slammed
Ekathimerini/ 27 december 2010
The government has condemned televised remarks by a Greek orthodox bishop last week who blamed the country’s financial woes on a worldwide Jewish conspiracy while claiming that the Holocaust was orchestrated by Zionist organizations.
Interviewed last week on Mega TV, Seraphim of Piraeus also claimed there is a plan to enslave Greece and Orthodox Christians, while describing Adolf Hitler as “an instrument of world Zionism.”
Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis on Thursday condemned “the language of hatred by whoever expresses it,” calling it “an insult to Greece, our culture and society.”
The controversial language has drawn strong criticism from the European Jewish Congress, which has asked the Church of Greece to remove the bishop from his position.
During the interview, Seraphim said that Hitler was financed by the renowned Rothschild family “with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire.”
Some 10,000 Greek Jews survived the Holocaust; the community now numbers roughly 5,000.