Metropolitan Panteleimon Bezenitis

Metropolitan Panteleimon Bezenitis
Metropolitan Panteleimon Bezenitis

Metropolitan Panteleimon Bezenitis was a bishop in the Church of Greece. He was the metropolitan bishop of the Attica region, one of Greece’s richest dioceses.

The metropolitan was convicted of embezzling funds from a women’s monastery in this diocese and given an eight-year suspended sentence. He appealed his sentence, but an Athens court rejected his effort to clear his name. Instead, on June 20, 2008, the bishop was immediately transferred to prison to begin his new six years sentence.

Metropolitan Panteleimon is reportedly the first bishop in Greek history to go to prison on a criminal conviction. He was defrocked in May, 2009.

In 2002 there were highly publicized allegations that the metropolitan was involved in a homosexual relationship. A church investigation reportedly concluded that tapes of erotic conversations between the bishop and his alleged paramour could not be taken into evidence as they were illegally recorded.