(Pokrov) On page eight of its July-August, 2008, edition the Orthodox Observer
confirmed the suspension of Fr. Anthony Moschonas from the
priesthood. The Orthodox Observer is the official paper for the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA). This suspension was previously
reported in the National Herald.
According to the Observer, Fr. Anthony, a retired priest who served
for many years at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Tucson,
Arizona, was suspended from the priesthood on March 31, 2008. The
suspension came less than two weeks after the priest was sued by an
unidentified nineteen year old parishioner for sexual assault. The
Herald had reported on March 23, 2008, that Metropolitan Gerasimos
Michelas had advised the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America that Fr. Anthony had been liturgically suspended.
The suspensions of two additional priests were also reported on page
eight of the July-August, 2008, Observer. As is the usual case, no
reasons were given for these suspensions.
Fr. Dimitrios A. Pappas, who served at St. Demetrios in Tucson as
well, was reported suspended as of October 4, 2007. It is unclear why
there was such a long delay in reporting this action.
Fr. George Pyle, who served at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church
in Champaign, Illinois, was suspended on June 16, 2008. Fr. George
had been given a sabbatical leave on August 24, 2007, according to
the September-October, 2007, issue of the Observer.