Some priests on the island of Crete refuse to give the Holy Communion to vaccinated citizens. And this at the time when the country is trying to speed up the vaccinations program in order to create a protection shield against the Delta Variant of Covid-19.
The denouncement came by Professor of Pulmonology at the University of Crete Nikos Tzanakis.
He told Radio Crete, that he has received complaints by citizens that clergymen threaten them that if they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, they will refuse to give them the Holy Communion and receive their Confession.
At the same radio program, the president of the Union of Clergy Associations of the Church of Crete, priest Zacharias Adamakis, stated that the vast majority of the clergy in Crete are in favor of vaccination.
Zacharakis described the deniers as “isolated cases” that in no way represent the priests on the island.
“We want to go out to the pulpit, and see all the faithful, there, healthy,” he said, adding that the Church of Crete was in favor of vaccinations against the coronavirus from the very first moment.
Based on social media posts and statements on mainstream media, obscurantists believed that “the vaccination allows the Anti-Christ to enter one’s body.”
Last week, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis asked for the help of the Church to boost the vaccination roll out, a decision by the Holy Synod is due.
Today, Thursday, the Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias and the country’s top epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiordas will meet with the country’s top clergy to discuss the vaccinations issue.
Interior Minister Makis Voridis said on Wednesday that the Church should restrict priests who use their position to promote their anti-vaccination views. .
“The position of the Church at the level of the Holy Synod must be clear and encourage vaccinations,” the minister said.
More information on coronavirus in Greece and vaccination program here.