Moschonas Suspension Confirmed
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. Moschonas, a retired priest who worked 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 Michaleas had advised the Synod of the GOA that Fr. Moschonas 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 worked 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 worked at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church in Champaign, Illinois, was suspended on June 16, 2008. Fr. Pyle had been given a sabbatical leave on August 24, 2007, according to the September-October, 2007, issue of the Observer.