Orthodox Nuns Go to Social Networks: In the fall of 2017 came the first complaint of a woman who gave “feel uncomfortable” in his interaction with Makris, which included very long hugs and asked the religious not to have contact with it.
Two nuns in New York have gone to social networks to denounce sexual misconduct in faith communities, including their own Orthodox church, under the slogan “#ChurchToo”.
The nuns turned to the Facebook and Instagram platforms since last October when the supervisor of their convent, priest Gerasimos Makris, accused of sexual misconduct, was allowed to return to his church in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported today.
In the fall of 2017 came the first complaint of a woman who gave “feel uncomfortable” in his interaction with Makris, which included very long hugs and asked the religious not to have contact with it.
Last January, the priest admitted during a meeting to have had relations with two other adult women “and although they were not the usual sexual interactions that one imagines, they were not appropriate,” Bishop Andonios Paropoulos, head of the Greek Orthodox Archbishop, told the Post.
The Post also indicates that although a “spiritual court” of the Archdiocese recommended that it be vetoed, church leaders reinstated him, after having attended treatment “and at the request of his parishioners.”
The nuns then began a campaign on social networks advocating changes, in which they appeared with their habits, with messages such as “silence is not spiritual”, “create the survivors”, “put an end to the culture of rape”, among many others, adds the newspaper.
Last November the messages of the nuns, who work with victims of human trafficking, were ” sexual abuse is real, it happens in our families, in our local communities, in our communities of faith, in every Christian denomination, including the Orthodox Church”.
According to the Post, it is the latest scandal in the Greek Orthodox Church and the parish of the Holy Cross, whose ex-leader, Reverend George Passiasas, was removed from the priesthood after the newspaper revealed his relationship with the school’s principal, a married woman who got pregnant.
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