Cleric Bans Wedding Photos

Nina Slawek, Open Jaw

Insulting public morals is no longer an option in a Cyprus region known for destination weddings. A cleric has banned wedding photos after lewd photos of a couple were published.

Cleric Bans Wedding Photos

Insulting public morals is no longer an option in a Cyprus region known for destination weddings. A cleric has banned wedding photos near places of worship after a lewd photo was taken in a chapel courtyard.

A senior Orthodox Christian cleric, Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantia and Ammochostos, said he imposed the ban after "shameful" photos turned up online of what appeared to be a bride performing oral sex on her husband outside a small chapel.

"They can't insult public morals in this way," Vasilios told the Sigma TV station. "It's a shame for such lewd acts to take place outside a church." It’s true. Such lewd acts should take place other places. Lewd act places.

The Metropolitan said he wrote the attorney general on the eastern Mediterranean island to ask if there are grounds to take legal action against the British couple, but hasn't yet received a reply.

"This has caused great upheaval in our community and I couldn't remain with my hands tied," he said. (Open Jaw must intervene and ask why Vasilios of Constatia and Ammochostos’ hands were tied. Was there some S&M in addition to the courtyard felatio? That might explain the great upheaval.)

Thousands of civil marriages are performed on Cyprus every year because of its idyllic coastal vistas and year-round sunshine. The ceremonies are a prime money-earner for local municipalities.

But Vasilios insisted visitors must show more respect.

"This isn't a free-for-all," he added. (Sounds like there may have been just a titch of a free-for-all down on the patio, Vasi.)




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