Piraeus, Greece, November 23, 2022
Met. Seraphim of Kythira. Photo: orthodoxianewsagency.gr
His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira of the Orthodox Church of Greece was found not guilty yesterday of violating the COVID lockdown in March 2020.
The hierarch was Greek Metropolis of Kythira closes churches to faithful after bishop arrested for celebrating servicesThe Greek hierarch was taken to the police station and a case was opened against him. He was later released by the order of the Prosecutor General after it was explained to him that next time he would have to appear before a special court for considering the cases of those detained at the scene of a crime.
“>arrested on Friday, March 20, 2020, for opening the doors of Holy Cross Cathedral and inviting the faithful to pray at the Salutations to the Theotokos. The state had ordered at that time that all services be canceled.
Met. Seraphim said several times throughout the pandemic that closing churches only Closure of churches exacerbates pandemic, says Greek Metropolitan Seraphim of KythiraThe closure of churches has strengthened the COVID pandemic, His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira of the Orthodox Church of Greece believes.
“>exacerbates the situation.
According to the Orthodoxia News Agency, the trial at the Criminal Court of Piraeus lasted all of 15 minutes yesterday. His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus testified as a defense witness during the speedy trial.
When His Eminence was acquitted, in agreement with the Prosecutor’s proposal, the court room broke out into applause.
Met. Seraphim and His Eminence Metropolitan Kosmas of Aetolia found themselves in trouble with ecclesiastical authorities the next year when they Greek Synod calls on hierarchs to apologize for opposing pandemic measures on PaschaHis Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira and His Eminence Metropolitan Kosmas of Aetolia are expected to appear before the Permanent Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church to address the charge of insubordination against them concerning the Church’s Paschaltide pandemic measures.
“>opposed the Holy Synod’s decision to celebrate Pascha several hours early, in light of lockdown measures.
The Metropolitans explained their stance before the Holy Synod Greek Synod rejects explanations from hierarchs who criticized serving Pascha early, launches investigation with possible canonical sanctionsHis Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira and His Eminence Metropolitan Kosmas of Aeitolia appeared before the Synod to offer explanations for their words and actions, but the hierarchs of the Synod were dissatisfied with their resoluteness in their stance.
“>in August, though the other hierarchs deemed their explanation insufficient and called on the two to renew their episcopal vows and give their assurance of future compliance with Synodal decisions.
Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu acquitted on all charges of violating COVID restrictionsAfter the successful conclusion of his trial, the hierarch immediately went to venerate the relics of St. Spyridon, thanking the saint with tears in his eyes as the bells of the church rang out joyfully.
“>In October 2020, His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu was acquitted of all charges related to celebrating the services during the lockdown, but Greek priest convicted of serving Liturgy on Annunciation during pandemic (+VIDEO)Protopresbyter Anastasios Gotsopoulos, who served in the Church of St. Nicholas in Patras on March 25, 2020, received a suspended sentence of 8 months in prison.”>last month, Protopresbyter Anastasios Gotsopoulos was convicted for the same offense, though he received a suspended sentence of 8 months in prison.
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