A man dressed in clerical vestments holding a large Greek Orthodox cross in his hands was shopping in the local Lidl supermarket on Monday in protest against the food chain having erased the cross from Orthodox churches on the Greek island of Santorini for its campaign “Greek week.”
The supermarket director called in the police, but no intervention was eventually needed.
The man said on his Facebook profile he resented the Lidl supermarket chain having deleted the cross from Orthodox churches on its marketing leaflets.
“I think this cannot be excused,” he said.
The argument that the company wanted to observe religious and political neutrality was no excuse, he added.
“We show them that crosses simply belong to our country and culture and that we are not afraid,” he added.
Prague Archbishop Cardinal Dominik Duka denounced the withdrawal of the crosses in a letter for the ambassador of Greece on Sunday.
This is an unprecedented and immoral act, Duka said.
“So far, ‘only’ falsification of photos occurs, but there are the fears that soon real crosses may be removed even from churches,” Duka wrote.
“Our European civilisation is created by a number of roots, with Greek democracy and philosophy being one of the most important ones,” he added.
Source: Czech News Agency