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Archbishop investigates clergy’s rant against PASOK MP

Archbishop Ieronymos ordered on Tuesday an internal inquiry against the Archimandrite of the Ilioupolis in Athens, Seraphim Dimitriou, after the latter targeted an MP and his family for voting in favor of the same-sex marriage.

Father Seraphim posted on social media pictures of the wife and new-born baby of MP Pavlos Christidis, socialist PASOK/KINAL, and thus from the room of a maternity clinic and lashed out at the lawmaker and his family, writing “Shame on you!”. He even claimed that he asked the MP to leave an event because he had voted for the bill.

Christidis was a special rapporteur for “marriage equality” during the debate in the Parliament.

In a post on social media, MP Christidis spoke of “unprecedented targeting” of his family an “unimaginable attack.”

Reiterating that he is somebody respecting other people’s views even if he doesn’t agree with them, the MP added that “the unprecedented targeting of my family, accompanied by a photo from the maternity hospital, is a limit that far exceeds the tolerable limits of political confrontation.”

He added, he wished “to be the only victim – representative of Parliament against such intolerant attitudes.”

It was just last week, when another high-ranking clergy announced to exclude from the Holy Communion MPs who voted for the bill.

In a statement, PASOK said its MP Pavlos Christidis was accosted with “a hateful rant” by Seraphim because he voted for the bill and that he even went as far as “targeting his family with photos on social media.”

Several lawmakers expressed their solidarity with Christidis and condemned the attack.

The Greek Church has expressed opposition to the bill right from the beginning, however, Archbishop Ieronymos kept a low-profile on the issue.

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