The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece said on Monday that members of the media who allege that the coronavirus can be spread via Communion are “neurotic.”
In a statement issued after the death over the weekend of Ioannis, the Bishop of Langadas, in Thessaloniki who had been infected with Covid-19, warned that these individuals do not have the right to criticize.
The Holy Synod, which is the Church’s governing body, attacked “aspiring public opinion leaders (who seek to) impose unscientific correlations regarding the spread of coronavirus in defiance of epidemiological data and who even opine on issues of faith without having any knowledge or competence in the area of theology.”
Since the democratic state guarantees religious freedom, they do not have the right to demand that the state ban holy communion as “unhealthy,” just because they themselves choose not to believe, the statement said.
The Greek Orthodox Church insists that it is impossible for any disease – including Covid-19 – to be transmitted through Communion.