“The Church is making these efforts through spiritual procedures, in a paternal manner and in line with the teaching of the Church Fathers, with the sole objective of managing all the bad results and problems posed by the pandemic.
The preconditions for the ordination of clergy are antiquated. The examination of those who seek to become priests is deficient, as it depends only on one or two individuals.
It is pitiful that among these few who behave irresponsibly by not abiding by the coronavirus lockdown are representatives of local government as well as lower and high-level clerics.
A spate of reports indicated that on 15 March MItsotakis called Ieronymos to pressure him to close all churches but that would require the approval of a mahority of the other 12 members of the Permanent Holy Synod.
The issue of whether Holy Communion in churches might transmit COVID-19 as the same cup and spoon are used to offer everyone a small bit of wine and bread, Mitsotakis said that the Church is obliged to follow the same public health rules as others.