In a recent long announcement, Metropolitan Serapheim of Piraeus spoke about the Neo-Pagan character and sympathies of the extreme right-wing party Golden Dawn. Within his declaration, he called upon Golden Dawn leaders to clarify exactly what their position was regarding Christianity and the Church.
In forcefully expressing himself, he highlighted his concern regarding the reinstitution of a deceased religion which has lost its rites, practices and beliefs, and to which we only have sketchy information. He also cited that what we do know is cause for concern for public morality, well-being and law enforcement. He drew upon many examples, particularly the pagan god Zeus, who committed paedophilia when he transformed himself into an eagle in order to abduct and rape the youth Ganymede.
Yet in returning to his discourse, he emphasised that the phenomenon of the “neo-pagan” movement in Greece and Europe, has its origins from prominent leaders and academics of our present era; as well as those figures and advocates associated with the “New World Order” whose use, manipulation and imposition of Islam upon Europe, is aimed at destroying Christianity and creating conflict. Naturally in the same vein as the so-called Arab Spring was a sham that encrypted the Islamist movement which is currently plunging the Middle East into its crisis and the persecution of indigenous Christians there. In continuing, Metropolitan Serapheim also highlighted that the Neo-Pagan movement is financed and supported by multi-national financial institutions and banks, amongst whose prominent members are known to be staunch personal contributors and lenders.
Nevertheless, it seems that the inspiration for the Metropolitan’s impassioned announcement, was prompted by a visit of the Golden Dawn parliamentarian, Artemis Matthaiopoulou, who had declared that he was “religious, but does not go to church”, and that he felt “more Greek than actually Christian”. The same parliamentarian when broached on his opinion of the ancient religion of Olympian paganism, he replied that “he respected it, and that we at Golden Dawn believe in agnosticism”. Metropolitan Serapheim then began relating how another Golden Dawn member, Elias Kasidaris, was intending to ascend a high mountain, in order to greet the winter solstice and offer honour and veneration to the sun, which the Metropolitan cites is: “an illogical, unmoved, unfeeling energy of power within our universe that has no conscience, but merely bestows heat and light”.
In any case, with these circumstances and many more, His Eminence called upon Golden Dawn to clarify their position to the electorate, since voters have been confused by their contradictory stances; particularly with regards their appeals to paganism, and their “hidden and ulterior agendas” on a number of national issues, which only close party members are permitted to know. The Metropolitan then invited Mr Matthaiopoulos to ensure that Golden Dawn, and all its various associate branches, inform the public exactly what is the meaning or purpose with their use, respect and reverence of the idolatry of the ancient pagan religion entail.
Furthermore, Metropolitan Serapheim requested specifics regarding the employ of idolatrous anthropomorphisms, symbolisms and practices which are the product of fertile modern-day imaginations, but are ascribed to the worship of the ancient gods, and are passed on from person to person as genuine pagan tradition. But the greatest concern according to Metropolitan Serapheim, which Golden Dawn needs to clarify, is the “incarnation” of rites of nature worship which seek to “unlock” the power of nature, together with other accompanying “vulgar” and “debased” rites which give free reign to human vices.
And it was to this last point in particular, that Metropolitan Serapheim noted, corresponded with some of the awful excesses of ancient paganism, and not some of its better elements. Yet he recalled once again the paedophilia of Zeus and the rape of Ganymede, asking whether we will see people being inspired by this story to commit a disgraceful crime, all because Golden Dawn seeks to promote paganism, through inspiring racist sentiments and appealing to peoples’ patriotism.
Source: Greek Free Press
Translated by VM