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A Greek Orthodox priest engaged in perhaps some sinful civil disobedience by heckling Pope Francis in Athens on Saturday.
“Pope, you are a heretic,” he reportedly shouted three times as the pontiff entered the residence of Archbishop Ieronymos II, the head of the Orthodox Church in Greece. Cops and security quickly swarmed over the elderly, white-bearded priest who was hustled away after first falling to the ground.
“‘The pope is unacceptable in Greece! He should repent!’ The priest told reporters after being removed from the scene,” according to The Week.
It’s not clear what the cleric specifically had in mind in his one-man, pope protest about alleged heresy.
On the political end of things, Pope Francis — who is spending three days in Greece on a state visit — generally goes along with the left-wing agenda.
Abortion stance aside, Biden claims Pope Francis declared him a ‘good Catholic’ https://t.co/kHUrxLK39f pic.twitter.com/jl9pCEQpbJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 31, 2021
“The incident followed small protests against the pope on his previous stop, the island of Cyprus, which is also predominantly Christian Orthodox,” the Associated Press reported.
“But inside Ieronymos’ residence, the two Christian leaders could not have been more friendly with one another and in synch in their shared call for Christians to work together to protect the environment and care for migrants. In contrast to the lone heckling priest, Ieronymos welcomed Francis ‘with a feeling of honor and fraternity,'” the news agency noted.
AP stated that Pope Francis “appeared not to notice” the commotion as he exited, with what appears to be the assistance of handlers, his vehicle to attend the meeting. The pope is scheduled to head back to the Vatican on Monday.
“The incident highlights the distrust between some members of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches that remains nearly a thousand years after the two groups split in 1054. During the visit, Pope Francis reiterated Pope John Paul II’s apology to the Orthodox world for any sins his church had committed against them,” the Washington Examiner recalled.
“The Greek Orthodox Church is one of several autocephalous (self-governing) national churches that make up the larger communion known as the Eastern Orthodox Church,” The Week added. “Some Orthodox Christians have a mostly positive view of Roman Catholicism and continue to hope that the schism might one day be repaired.”
Here’s another view of the brief incident:
Pope Francis was protested as he entered a meeting with His Beatitude Ieronymos II and other Greek Orthodox leaders in Athens today.
A Greek Orthodox cleric shouted, "Pope, you are a heretic!" before being drug away by police.
Video by Vatican press pool (VAMP) pic.twitter.com/zUXxZy4gnR
— Hannah Brockhaus (@HannahBrockhaus) December 4, 2021
Twitter is reacting to what happened in Athens and not everyone is keeping the faith, as it were. Here is a sampling:
John Paul II was protested similarly during his visit to Greece in 2001, so historical context would say it’s a dislike of the pope in general, and not specific to Francis.
— Hannah Brockhaus (@HannahBrockhaus) December 4, 2021
The Orthodox Church was right about Rome and ought never be unequally yoked with these heretics
— رابین نوری (@_anooshehnouri_) December 5, 2021
i agree with the Greek Orthodox cleric, the pope is a heretic,
— Robert Robinson (@orthodoxobadiah) December 5, 2021
I am a devout Catholic and I agree. Pope Francis is a heretic. He’s the “deep Church.”
— Be Not Afraid (@angelccorr) December 4, 2021
Party like it’s 1054!
— Josh Jacks (@Photo_Jacks) December 4, 2021
Was is it necessary to arrest him? He is man of God as well and is entitled to his opinion. I say this as a Catholic.
— Kate Austin (@KateAus1976) December 4, 2021
theres something deeply sad about this situation, due to him calling the pope “papa” while being dragged away by “new world order” police
— borgri (@borgridk) December 4, 2021
I am a Catholic and I am closer to this orthodox priest than to this bishop of Rome
— Cassandra Ilion (@Cassandra_Ilion) December 4, 2021
Did they really tackle that old guy just for yelling at the pope 200 feet away?
— Buy Bitcoin & HODL 💎🤲🏻💎 (@NoBagHolder) December 4, 2021
Fake Francis is a useful idiot if the globalists!!! Yes a Heretic!!!
— Cali Freedom Fighter/Rebel Alliance (@Peace2you) December 5, 2021
The pope is just a man.
— Barbara Kelly (@bagofwhim1717) December 5, 2021
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