Metropolitan Paisios Loulourgas

Metropolitan Paisios Loulourgas
Metropolitan Paisios Loulourgas

Metropolitan Paisios Loulourgas is a bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP). He was the abbot of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou Greek Orthodox Monastery in Astoria, New York from 1972 until his resignation in October of 2010.

Prior to joining the EP, Loulourgas was the head of an old calendar Greek group called the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Genuine Orthodox Christians of North and South America. The group was received by the EP in 1998 and Loulourgas was reordained at that time.

In the fall of 2010 the National Herald reported that Loulourgas was under investigation by the FBI and local police for alleged improper relations with male and female parishioners, some of whom were below the age of consent at the time of the abuse.

Loulourgas’ resignation as abbot of the Saint Irene Monastery was accepted by the EP on December 2, 2010. At that time no discipline was imposed on the metropolitan, although he was ordered to remain away from the United States.

On December 17, 2010, the Herald published its interview with the former deputy abbot of Saint Irene’s, Bishop Vikentios Malamatenios in English. In the interview Malamatenios alleged that one of Loulourgas’ victims was Malamatenios’ brother, who was only 17 years old at the time. The article also named other underage victims, male and female, and said that a lawsuit was contemplated. The same information had been published earlier in Greek.

Also on December 17th, the synod of the EP met in an extraordinary session concerning the Saint Irene allegations. The hierarchs unanimously decided to suspend Loulourgas indefinitely.

Loulourgas was defrocked on March 28, 2012.