Bishop Seraphim turns against Golden Dawn

Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, who has courted controversy in the past with anti-Semitic comments, on Tuesday launched an unexpected attack on far-right Golden Dawn due to the party embracing paganism.

“It has been proved that this political group uses the disguise of nationalism to cover its neopaganistic ideology,” he said in a statement. The apparent rift between the bishop and Golden Dawn came as a surprise because Seraphim had been complimentary toward the party in the past and joined it in taking legal action against the staging of Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi” play in Athens.

Seraphim asked the party to clarify its position on paganism, including worship of ancient Greek gods. Golden Dawn accused him of kowtowing to the establishment.