Greek Orthodox ring bells in mourning and protest over radical transgender law

Oct 24, 2017 by

by Fr Mark Hodges, LifeSite:

Christian churches in Greece are ringing their bells in mourning over a radical transgender law passed earlier this month.

Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta and the clergy of his diocese are ringing their church bells loudly every day at noon for three minutes.

“It is an outrageous inspiration for someone to change his gender in a few minutes, with a simple declaration, so contrary to what God has gifted people with,” the clergy of the diocese wrote in a released statement. “Whoever has ‘gender dysphoria’ is mentally ill.”

Historically, church bells ring in joy before services, in mourning before funerals, to alert the community to important news, or as a warning before an attack.

“We are engulfed by unease as to what the future is preparing for us,” the monks of Mount Athos wrote to the Ministers of Education and Justice of the Greek Republic. Is it really permissible in our Orthodox fatherland to legally and blatantly defy Divine law?  ‘God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them’ (Gen. 1:27).”

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