The announcement of the Metropolitan of Dodoni:
“To my regret, I find that, today, during the television program ‘Today’ of the television station SKAI where he was present, my thinking was distorted.
Maybe I wasn’t clearhowever in no way do these statements imply that neither I, nor the ecclesiastical space I represent, perceives, the fact of rape as something less than one reprehensible and traumatic act.
Our Orthodoxy embraces conception as a uniquely joyful event for humanity.
Respect for human life, wherever it comes from, is an inviolable rule of our principles.
You will allow me here to remain strongly opposed to her pro-abortion position.
I want to believe that in this society we are all in the mood for an open dialogue of exchange of views and have not turned into a people’s court with online judges.
I tried to separate consensual arrest from the heinous act of rape, where we are not talking about “arrest” in the sense that our church understands it, and unfortunately I failed.
I want to apologize of any human being who felt wronged by my statements and to every woman or man who has been a victim of rape.”
The infuriating statements of Metropolitan Dodoni
THE Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodonispeaking on a morning show, argued that abortion ‘is a crime’while for the cases rapesaid that “a woman cannot become pregnant without participation.”
“When we have such a low birth rate, it is possible to allow the destruction of an infant, a child who, when conceived, has already begun to have life,” noted the Metropolitan speaking to SKAI regarding abortions.
Asked if this should also apply in cases of rape, Metropolitan Dodoni stated that “A woman does not sit and hurry without wanting to, let’s not go crazy now,” prompting reporters to react.
In the journalists’ attempts to explain to him what rape means, he noted: “Do you realize that a woman sits and is raped and gets pregnant? He wants participation».
He then reiterated that a woman cannot conceive without participation.
Answering a related question, the Metropolitan said that the child who is the result of a rape must be protected.
“For the child to be born and for there to be a provision for where that child will go,” he said and went on to say that:
“There is no justification for abortion.”
The Church is against contraception (during sexual intercourse) he also said, when asked about it, leaving however a “window” for the cases in which if he conceives a woman risks death and not “if we make love just for love”.
“The Church accepts contact for the sole purpose of arrest,” he emphasized.
For cases where a fetus has serious health problemsemphasized that there are reservationssince as he said “we know that they also produce deliberate decisions». He added that in these cases it should be requested permission from the Church to have an abortion and that indeed it should be proven scientifically and not “with financial security of the doctor’s decision”.
“If the child’s brain is going to turn out to be problematic, then he should ask for the help of the church and agree to have an abortion, but with a scientific and not a financial guarantee of the doctor’s decision”, he said characteristically.
Politicians and the Holy Synod condemn Chrysostom’s “unacceptable and offensive” statements
The statements of Metropolitan Chrysostomos provoked “storm of reactions in State and Church.
With her announcement, Holy Synod separated her position, without twists, underlining that they do not express the Church of Greece.
“THE treating women as equals without exception with the man and the protection her against any form of abuse they constitute the official position and attitude of the Church of Greece. Any opinion of a cleric, regardless of the degree of Priesthood, that deviates from the above positions of the Holy Synod, in no case does it express the Church of Greece” states the relevant announcement, among other things.
Condemnation was strong from the political world as well, with the government representative Yannis Economou in his post on twitter, to emphasize that “The position of Metropolitan Dodoni does not express either the values of our society or the doctrine of our faith. We support the victims of violence, let alone rape, unconditionally, without footnotes or asterisks.”
The Minister of Education Niki Kerameoswith her post on Twitter, she accordingly emphasizes that the statement in question brutally insults society and “is not in line with the position of the Church which practically supports women victims of abuse and rape”.
The Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikiliasfor his part, emphasizes that what was said is embarrassing for everyone and slanderous for the Orthodox Christian faith.
“It is a shame for all of us and slanderous for the Orthodox Christian faith and our Church which always wipes out victims of violence, Metropolitan Dodoni’s statement about the women who fall rape victims” Mr. Kikilias pointed out, in his post on Twitter.
“Without words, this statement is completely unacceptable, he must withdraw and apologize!”, says the Minister of Development and Investments in a post on his personal account Adonis Georgiades.
The reaction of the MP from Chania was also strong Doras Bakoyanniswhich addressing the Metropolitan of Dodoni, with a post she made on twitter, expresses the wonder and surprise together, stressing: “Oh no Your Honor, why are you wronging yourself, but above all the Orthodox Church, with such statements?!”.
The Deputy Minister of the Interior characterizes the statement of the Metropolitan of Dodoni regarding the rape as “unthinkable and provocative” Stelios Petsas.
The press representative of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance comments on the statements of the Metropolitan of Dodoni, Chrysostomou Nasos Iliopoulos. “Shame and anger at the logic that covers rapists and attacks women’s rights,” he says on his personal Twitter account.
The secretary of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Rania Svigou characterizes creepy the statements of Metropolitan Dodoni, which refer to times of darkness and “witch hunts”which have been around for hundreds of years.
“We are not going to turn back. Rape is a crime, the self-determination of a woman’s body is a right,” argues Mrs. Svigou.
“The notions that ‘there is no woman who sits around being rushed without wanting to’, that ‘abortion is a crime’ and that ‘even when a fetus has serious health problems, permission should be sought from the Church to to have an abortion and that it should indeed be proven scientifically and not “with a financial guarantee of the doctor’s decision” is perceptions backward, dark and dangerous“, comments it PASOK-Movement for Changeon his official twitter page.
“Unthinkable and shameful” the MP of New Democracy called, Olga Kefalogianni.
The mayor of Athens spoke of “unacceptable, creepy and dark statements”, Kostas Bakoyannis.
“Middle Ages, brutal rape of reality and extreme misogyny” commented the SYRIZA MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Dimitris Papadimoulis.