Protopresbyter George Passias Defrocked by Holy and Sacred Synod


Author: Theodore Kalmoukos
Date Published: 11/28/2015
Publication: The National Herald

CONSTANTINOPLE – The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate voted unanimously to defrock Protopresbyter George Passias at its regular monthly meeting in Constantinople on November 28.

Passias was returned to the status of layman due to the sexual scandal involving his close associate and god daughter Ethel Bouzalas.

The Holy and Sacred Synod validated the unanimous decision made by the Holy and Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in early October.

The National Herald broke the Passias news on the website of its parent publication, the Greek language Ethnikos Kirix on Friday, October 2. The story was then picked up by the mainstream media, especially the New York Post.

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