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Monday, 15 April 2013

Czech Orthodox Church Head Resigns over Accusations of Philandering

01 JP and Krystof

Two shitbirds of a feather… JP and Krystof…  they’re both gone, now… good riddance to bad rubbish


On Friday, a church official announced that Metropolitan Kryštof Pulec, the First Hierarch of the Orthodox Church of all Czechia and Slovakia since 2006, stepped down amidst allegations from critics stating that he’d breached his oath as a monk by having sex with women, adding that Kryštof resigned on his own free will for the sake of church unity. Previously, Kryštof, 59, dismissed the accusations and said he’d take legal steps to clear his name. Last week, TV Nova reported that Kryštof had several girlfriends with whom he’s fathered children. It said the Holy Synod urged Kryštof to refute the accusations by mid-May. According to Nova, the Church accused Kryštof of having sex with a priest’s wife for seven years. In addition, she isn’t the only woman with whom Kryštof committed a sin. He fathered children with others, maybe up to ten of them, the synod said, cited by Nova. Kryštof said that he has two daughters, both born before he took an oath as a monk.

After Kryštof’s resignation, 87-year-old Bishop Simeon Jakovljević of BrnoOlomouc in Morava will be locum tenens for about 40 days until the Church chooses a new First Hierarch. On Friday, Simeon told journalists, “The metropolitan [Kryštof] registered certain rising tensions that got unnecessarily dramatised. He decided it would be prudent to step down to secure peace”. Simeon went on to state that, in the recent past, Kryštof had, perhaps, overworked; now, he can devote himself to academic study and prayer. He said that he took over Kryštof’s duties, and that he’ll supervise the preparations of the celebration of the 1,150th anniversary of the arrival of Christian missionaries Ss Cyril and Methodius to medieval Moravia. Simeon pointed up that Orthodox dignitaries from all over the world would arrive in Czechia in late May to attend the celebration.

Kryštof said that the accusation might have links to an in-process property settlement between the Czech state and churches, of which 1.14 billion Koruna  (1.82 billion Roubles. 57 million USD. 44 million Euros. 37 million UK Pounds) is to go to the Orthodox Church. On Thursday, Kryštof told TV Nova, “Some would like the money to be spent exclusively on humanitarian projects for seniors, ill people, and children. Others, however, say that the money should be deposited in funds to draw more money for priests’ [pay]“. There are about 100,000 Orthodox believers amongst 10.5-million Czechs. The number has risen, mainly due to the arrival of immigrants from the Ukraine and other countries with an Orthodox majority.

Kryštof, whose secular name is Radim Pulec, was born in Prague (Praha) on 29 June 1953. He studied at the Hussite Theological Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, graduated from the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Prešov, eastern Slovakia, and pursued distance studies at the Moscow Theological Academy. He earned the title of Doctor of Philosophy at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1987. In 1974, he was ordained to the diaconate and as a priest. In 1985, he was tonsured, becoming a monk, taking the name Kryštof. He served at Prague’s Cathedral of SS Cyril and Methodius. In 1988, he was elected bishop of Olomouc and Brno. After the death of then-First Hierarch of Czechia and Slovakia Dorotej Filip in 2000, Kryštof became Archbishop of Prague and all Czechia. After the death of Slovak First Hierarch Nikolai Kocvár in May 2006, Kryštof became the Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in Czechia and Slovakia.

15 April 2013

Prague Monitor




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