Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus excommunicates MPs who voted for same-sex marriage: "Against the woke agenda"

Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus same-sex marriage

An extraordinary Priestly Synod was held in the Piraeus Diocese - The MPs are called to show practical repentance, which will be demonstrated by the annulment of the "disgraceful legislation" in the Parliament.

An Extraordinary Synod of Priests met on February 22 in the Piraeus Diocese to deal with the consequences of passing the same-sex marriage law.

The initiative was taken by the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Piraeus, Mr. Seraphim, who also made the relevant proposal. He raised issues of overturning human ontology and physiology by implementing "the woke agenda, which aims to deconstruct Christian doctrine, ethics and culture."

The thorough discussion that followed led to a resolution, according to which the members of the Synod who voted for "the overthrow of human ontology and physiology as a legal good and instituted the unnatural apathy" are considered by the Church to be "culpably accomplices of the archetypical serpent".

For this reason, it was decided to break communion with those who voted against the divine Law, i.e. to be put outside the Church, not to receive any invitation to participate in the events of the Parish - at least until the moment of their practical repentance, which will be proven from the annulment of the "disgraceful legislation" in the Parliament.

Greece legalises same-sex marriage

Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after a 176-76 vote in parliament.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a serious inequality".

But it has divided the country, with fierce resistance led by the powerful Orthodox Church. Its supporters held a protest rally in Athens.

Many displayed banners, held crosses, read prayers and sang passages from the Bible in the capital's Syntagma Square.

The head of the Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos, said the measure would "corrupt the homeland's social cohesion".

The bill needed a simple majority to pass through the 300-member parliament.

Mr Mitsotakis had championed the bill but required the support of opposition parties to get it over the line, with dozens of MPs from his centre-right governing party opposed.

"People who have been invisible will finally be made visible around us, and with them, many children will finally find their rightful place," the prime minister told parliament during a debate ahead of the vote.

"The reform makes the lives of several of our fellow citizens better, without taking away anything from the lives of the many."

The vote has been welcomed by LGBTQ organisations in Greece.

"This is a historic moment," Stella Belia, the head of same-sex parents' group Rainbow Families, told Reuters news agency. "This is a day of joy."

Fifteen of the European Union's 27 members have already legalised same-sex marriage. It is permitted in 35 countries worldwide.

Greece has until now lagged behind some of its European neighbours, largely because of opposition from the Church.

It is the first country in south-eastern Europe to have marriage equality.

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