(Source: Greek Reporter; Anastasios Papandreou: Hat Tip: F.A) The National Herald reported that Sister Christonymphi Fitzpatrick, a nun at the Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery in Astoria, NY, has left the monastic life and given a statement to the 114th Police Precinct on Saturday night November 6, 2010. She revealed a great deal about the events that transpired in the monastery under the leadership of its abbot Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana throughout the years she spent there. Sister Christonymphi also handed over to the authorities a briefcase containing approximately $500,000 in cash. At present, the 26-year-old nun has been taken to an unknown location to ensure her safety and protection, following police directives.
Resignation of Metropolitan Paisios
On October 5, 2010 an official letter of resignation was submitted to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, by Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, who will no longer serve as abbot of the Saint Irene Chrysovalantou Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery in Astoria, NY. The Metropolitan cites health related issues as the impetus for this sudden resignation. Rumors for scandal and controversy have been circulating this high profile heirarch and his right hand man Bishop Vikentios, but this time there are official reports. National Herald’s sources report that Sister Christonymphi gave a detailed account of licentious acts that included members of both sexes, some of whom were underage at the time that the events transpired. The case is still under investigation by US authorities.