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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 remarks in a televised interview which are anti-semitic. Among the 'unconventional' opinions he expressed, he stated that international [ Zionism] tries to destroy family values 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">"[ A Statement of Clarification By Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus]," Mystagogy, December 23, 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." 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, 2010.</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 released a statement of clarification. <ref group="note">"[ A Statement of Clarification By Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus]," Mystagogy, December 23, 2010.</ref>

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