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Seraphim (Mentzelopoulos) of Piraeus

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In 2010 he asked Queen Elizabeth II to divest pop singer Sir Elton John of his knighthood for uttering blasphemy. The metropolitan sent a letter to Queen Elizabeth II and the British Ambassador to Greece after Elton John said that [[Christ]] was a homosexual.<ref group="note">The letter states, “[Elton John] dared to insult the Incarnate Divine-Human (theandric) Person, the crucified and risen Son of God, attributing to him his personal psychopathological deviation. The Christian community around the world expects that your Majesty will express your judgement on this [utterance] and divest [Elton John] of his honorary title because he has undeservedly insulted the highest figure for Christians throughout the world”. (''[ Voices from Russia]''. Saturday, 6 March, 2010)</ref>
In December 2010 he made strongly anti-Semitic remarks in a televised interview which are anti-semitic. Among the 'unconventional' opinions he expressed, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that he stated said "that there is a conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy. He also accused international [ Zionism] tries of trying to destroy the family values unit by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages, and said there is a [ Zionist] conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy."<ref group="note">"[ tirade/ A Statement of Clarification By Metropolitan Seraphim of PiraeusGreek Bishop's Anti-Semitic Tirade]," MystagogyThe Lede, a New York Times blog, December 2322, 2010.</ref> He also stated that "Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world [ Zionism] and was financed from the renowned Rothschild family with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire." <ref group="note">Ibid.</ref> He also expressed the belief that "Jewish bankers like "Rockefeller, Rothschild and Soros control the international banking system that controls globalization."<ref group="note">"[ A Greek Bishop's Anti-Semitic Tirade]," The Lede, a New York Times blog, December 22, 2010Ibid.</ref> Subsequently, the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]], while not mentioning Metropolitan Seraphim by name, condemned anti-Semitism in clear terms which clearly had his eminence in mind: "the Holy Archdiocese of America condemns any such language, and expresses its sadness that these hurtful words should have been spoken at all. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America considers the remarks to be gravely offensive and totally unacceptable."<ref group="note">"[ Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Decries Anti-Semitic Rhetoric], press release, [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] Dec 23, 2010. Although, technically, the Greek Archdiocese is an eparchy of the [[Church of Constantinople]] and strictly speaking not part of the [[Church of Greece]], the two are often confused even by members of both churches.</ref> (See also [[Eastern Orthodoxy and Judaism]].) In response to the ensuing hysteria and false accusations, which included "holocaust denier," the Metropolitan Seraphim released a statement of clarification. In it, he said that his comments are strictly his own personal opinion and that he loves and respects the Jewish people. <ref group="note">"[ A Statement of Clarification By Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus]," Mystagogy, December 23, 2010.</ref> He said also,:3. My public vehement opposition against International Zionism refers to the organ that is the successor of the "Sanhedrin" which altered the faith of the Patriarchs, the Prophets and the Righteous of the Jewish nation through the Talmud, the Rabbinical writings and the Kabbalah into Satanism, and always strives vigorously towards an economic empire set up throughout the world with headquarters in the great land beyond the Atlantic for the prevalence of world government and pan-religion. :4. I consider like any sane person on the planet the Nazi regime and the paranoid dictator Adolf Hitler as horrible criminals against humanity and take a stand with all honor and respect against the Jewish Holocaust and any other heinous genocide such as that of the Pontic Greek and Armenian people. Besides, the Greek nation mourns thousands of martyrs from the criminal Nazi atrocities.<ref group="note">Ibid.</ref>
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