Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens avoided making any comments regarding the extremist opinions that were expressed by certain people of the Greek Orthodox Church on the issue of the cohabitation agreement for same-sex couples. However, he clearly spoke against the adoption of children by same-sex couples.
The Archbishop stressed that the issue should probably not have passed through the Greek Parliament and it should not have been established as a law. “Such an issue, which is clearly a personal choice doesn’t need to be part of the family law,” he said in a recent interview.
He also made comments regarding cremation in Greece and the crematorium that was decided to be built in Athens. He explained that it is everyone’s right to choose to be cremated, however, he stressed that this practice goes against the beliefs of the Greek Orthodox Church.
When asked to comment on his good relationship with the Greek Prime Minister, the archbishop noted that he does not act as an adviser for Alexis Tsipras, however, he believes that the two of them can have great discussions.