The surging popularity of Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) has prompted expressions of both support and opposition from representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church.
According to Gr. Reporter Metropolitan Pavlos of Siatista has received threats from Golden Dawn after describing the party as "uncivilised" when it protested the McNally play. He took a clear position, saying, "We all have to take a clear stand on the Golden Dawn issue… we have to preach the word of God, which has nothing to do with the acts committed by members of Golden Dawn."
Even as Ambrosius stressed "as Bishop, I have the right to belong to a political party of the entire political spectrum, from the far left to the far right" other Bishops spoke out against the political involvement of the church. Ethnos reported Archbishop Jerome of Athens declared the church does not allow any political party, left or right, to take its support. He also sent the clear message that "the Church does not need protectors and saviors." Golden Dawn released a statement saying it had never taken on the "role of protector of the Church."