The Greek government today (December 23, 2010) condemned a high-level Orthodox priest for making anti-Semitic statements during a television interview, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency website.
The Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim blamed world Jewry for Greece's current financial problems and for other ills in the country during an appearance last Monday on Mega TV, Greece's largest television network.
Metropolite Seraphim also said during the interview that there is a conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy, and he accused international Zionism of trying to destroy the family unit by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages.
George Petalotis, an assistant minister to Prime Minister George Papandreou, said in a statement issued today: "It is the government's duty to stigmatize as unacceptable the language that denies the Holocaust -- the biggest crime against humanity. These views insult Greece. They insult our very society of which the Greek Jewish Community is an inseparable part."
Yesterday (December 22), the American Jewish Committee called on the heads of the Greek Orthodox Church to condemn the Metropolite's statements.