Bishop of Aetolia and Acarnania, Kozma, known for his harsh stance against the Covid-19 vaccination, died Monday morning from the coronavirus.
The 80-year-old bishop has been hospitalized since early December, and his transfer to intensive care unit in Athens called social media outrage: Many have suspected political interference in favor of the infamous anti-Axis. The angry Greeks went beyond the debate, wondering whether an anti-vaxer should be allowed to “steal an intensive care unit bed” from a vaccinated citizen.
Bishop Cosmas, who refused to be vaccinated against the virus, was hospitalized in Agrinio with Covid-19 on December 1 and then transferred to the intensive care unit at Athens’ largest hospital, Evangelismos.
He was intubated for 25 days. Recently, his apparatus was removed, as, according to the doctors, his lungs were irreparably destroyed.
Kozma has sharply criticized the government’s measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, including the use of masks and vaccines against the pandemic.
The bishop’s unvaccinated sister also contracted the virus and passed away on 13 December.
During a sermon in 2020, Kosmas like reportedly lashed out at those who did not want to attend a crowded church, calling them “infidels.”
Metropolitan Kozma of Aetolia and Acarnania preached against the use of masks and vaccinations, arguing, among other things, that “God does not allow infections inside the church.” In one of his speeches, which were broadcast by local media and on social networks, he said: “God does not infect! Let’s clear this up! The church is holy, this is paradise! “
Last year, the Holy Synod summoned the Metropolitan to explain his “disobedience and disrespect for the unanimous decision of the collegiate body of the Greek Church” regarding measures to protect health from coronavirus during the Easter period.