by Efimeris Estia
In the midst of a pandemic based on Article 285 of the Penal Code on the “provocation of diseases” – In Idolios, the Metropolitan of Corfu Nektarios on October 19
A TRIAL with wider political, ecclesiastical, social but also theological interest will be held on October 19 in Corfu with the accused local Metropolitan Nectarios against whom two criminal prosecutions have been filed. The first for his invitation to the faithful of his church to commune without fear as long as the restrictive measures of the first quarantine lasted, using the sms code ” for exercising physical activities “. The offense under investigation was committed on March 25, 2020.
The second for synchronicity inside the church of Agios Spyridon during the traditional litany of his tent. His co-accused is also the President of the municipal council of the city, Mr. Metallinos. Concerning the first accusation of false certificate, half has debunked as he government spokesman Stelios Petsas indicated a few days after the public to make use of code sms’ Fitness’ ‘ to visit the temples legally . ” However, the category in part attributed to the Metropolitan of Corfu and Diapontia Islands committing the criminal offense ‘ exposures to public order “and committing the offense of Article 285 of the Criminal’ Code measures breach on disease prevention”, is of great interest as both the accusing authority and the Metropolitan of Corfu, Nektarios, will be called upon to answer the question: It becomes clear that here not only the criminal behavior of the Metropolitan will be evaluated by the court, but also a major theological, philosophical and medical issue. Under the circumstances of the pandemic and under the condition of the protection of public health, Holy Communion is a criminal offense of exposure to danger. In fact, the decisions of the Hierarchy are made by the judgment of the court. The accusation is clear. Because the Metropolitan urged the citizens to communicate “he urged an indefinite number of persons to take part in the sacrament of Holy Communion in the midst of a pandemic, a fact which poses a serious danger to the spread and transmission of God . ” Any conviction will lead to a ban on the Communion and the criminalization of Holy Communion for as long as the pandemic lasts with any new disturbances in Church-State relations. (Intervention in the synodal system and in the self-government of the Church will be considered.)
In this case, Holy Communion must be connected with criminal evidence with confirmed cases of coronavirus. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. It is recalled that when a criminal prosecution was instituted against the Metropolitan of Corfu for the Holy Communion (and in a priest from Koukaki), Nektarios, in his letter to the Minister of Education, Niki Keramis, protested . Christ was criminalized, the quintessence of the life of the Church was criminalized, which is also constitutionally connected with the life of our people and is covered by the right to religious worship both by the Constitution and by human rights.».