Father George Passias, the married year-old pastor of St. Spyridon Church in Manhattan, even impregnated his married lover, year-old Ethel Bouzalas, according to sources. An adherent to a fundamentalist faction of Greek Orthodoxy led by a controversial cleric in Arizona, he took the helm of St. Spyridon nine years ago — and immediately ordered female worshippers to cover their heads during confession.
But there was no such nod to modesty in their shocking sex videos. In one scene, the bearded cleric, wearing only a white T-shirt, watches his long-haired brunette lover plant her G-string clad bottom on a piece of banana bread wrapped in cling wrap.
Father George Passias watches as Ethel Bouzalas crushes cake as part of a fetish act. In another tape, the priest performs oral sex on his lover while she is still clad in sheer pantyhose. The sender wrote that a private investigator had been hired to tail the couple to their rendezvous in motels in New Jersey and upstate New York.
Supplied After a weeks-long absence from the pulpit, Fr Passias told his St. Then it would not be possible for me to fulfil what is my lot. He has four grown children.
Mrs Bouzalas has three kids. Mrs Bouzalas told parishioners that she converted to the Greek Orthodox faith and that Fr Passias baptised her while she wore a bikini. The conversion apparently came before she was to marry her husband, a follower of the faith. Greek Orthodoxy has 24 million followers worldwide. Priests can only be men but are allowed to marry. With his flowing black robes and oversized cross around his neck, Fr Passias cut an imposing and authoritative figure. Mrs Bouzalas, meanwhile, favoured short skirts and high heels.
Mrs Bouzalas, who had no education credentials, was soon promoted to be the volunteer principal of the St. Spyridon Parochial School, which serves kindergarten to eighth grade and has a taxpayer-funded pre-kindergarten program. She also became church treasurer and a signatory on bank accounts. In addition to imposing the conservative rules, Fr Passias ruffled longtime congregants who said he removed controls over church spending and questioned why money was being poured into repairs at the school.
Father George Passias, who has now retired, is pictured here giving a sermon. Supplied Management of four church-owned apartment buildings was given over to a company tied to Alma Bank, which also provided cash and mortgage refinancing.
Renovations of the buildings was then done by two firms tied to principals at Alma Bank. Any punishment, including possible defrocking, will be decided in Istanbul. St Spyridon Church, New York. Mrs Bouzalas packed up her school office last week.
A moving van carted off a desk, filing cabinet, table and shopping bags with her belongings. A new principal has been assigned to the school. Her husband refused to comment on the affair or the pregnancy but said the couple was still together.
He confirmed he knew of the sex tapes. Ephraim presides over St.