Hierarch of Cyprus: New World Order needs anti-Christian states
Metropolitan Neophytos believes that the New World Order is not enough for states to be just atheistic – they must be anti-Christian.
Metropolitan Neophytos said that he could not perform the rite of the Great consecration of water behind the closed doors of the temple (as it was prescribed by the authorities – Ed.).
Vladyka stressed that he cannot decide who will be in the church and who will not (in Cyprus there is a government restriction on the number of worshipers in the church – Ed.): “Some came wearing masks. I will not judge them. But the majority came without masks."
When asked about the priest in Kalamata, who stopped the service because the believers were not wearing masks, the hierarch replied that he had seen this video and could not watch it again.
“There is no talking like that with Christians who have come to worship the true God. Neither a bishop, nor a patriarch, nor a priest can be turned into a defender of human law. This is not our job. The police are obliged to do this. But also in decent measures,” the hierarch noted.
He believes that "our state now clearly tells us: ‘You see, bishops, priests and Christians, from now on I want to be an atheist.’ This is dictated by the new world order."
“This is a clear message sent by all presidents and all parliaments, at least in Europe and America,” the Metropolitan said, stressing that the new order targets not just an atheistic state, but an anti-Christian state.
“If we do not understand this, then we will not be able to interpret correctly such events as prohibition of the consecration of waters or Holy Communion,” said the Metropolitan of Morphou.
Earlier, the UOJ wrote that, according to Metropolitan Neophytos, communion amid pandemic is a confession of faith.