The adoption of the constitutional amendments proposed by the Greek government regarding the state-church relations lead to the dechristianization of Greece, said the Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus.
In a statement, Metropolitan Seraphim stressed that the constitutional proposal to amend the articles relating to the abolition of the currently optional religious of office in favour of a mandatory civil oath for those in public or elected office, aimed at the disconnection of the Church from the public sector and the gradual removal of one basic element of the national identity, which is the common Orthodox faith”.
He also stated that the proposal to amend the Article 21 of the Constitution gradually eliminated the concept of the family as the nation’s basis “and gives it a materialistic expression, detaching the concept of the family as the cornerstone of the preservation and the advancement of the Greek nation”.
As far as state-church relations are concerned, Metropolitan of Piraeus said that no explicit abolition of the Article 3 of the Constitution was chosen, which would have resulted in an “earthquake”, as he notes.
Instead, a clause was introduced regarding “state religious neutrality”, by the term “Τhe Greek state is religiously neutral”, and an interpretative clause on the prevailing religion was chosen, which is already implied in the Article 13 of the Constitution on freedom of religious conscience.