“Our rulers can’t stand all the smells of incense and candles and are consciously struggling against it. They fight the Church and try to eliminate this ‘problem’ from their paths,” writes Archimandrite Gregory, abbot of the Athonite Dionysiou Monastery.

“They desperately fight for there to be no crosses anywhere, no bells, no candles to be lit, and the beaches to be adorned not with churches, but with bars and cafes,” Fr. Gregory laments.

“They make blasphemous laws opposed to the natural, and legalize that which is unnatural,” he writes.

A bill that allows civil partnership rights for gay and lesbian couples passed in Greek Parliament on December 23, 2015 amid reactions from the Church of Greece and conservative MPs. Furthermore, “they canceled the stipends to mothers of large families.”

The Church was unprepared for the blows from the sickle and hammer of the ruling SYRIZA party, the abbot believes. They had promised not to sign any memoranda with European creditors, but then did just that, abusing and doing violence against Greece. “They are purposefully engendering poverty and desperation. They only give, never take,” says Abbot Gregory.

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