Romanian Priests Suspended For Blessing Brothels
Orthodox Church Forbids Blessing Sites Deemed Unholy
Posted: 4:05 p.m. EDT April 17, 2003
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romania's Orthodox Church suspended 10 Bucharest priests who were filmed blessing brothels, porn shops and a weapons store in exchange for money and goods.
It is traditional for Orthodox priests to bless homes, offices, cars and gardens to ward off the devil. But priests are not allowed to bless places deemed unholy, such as brothels and abortion clinics.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.