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Archbishop Makarios of Australia sues blogger for defamation

His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia is suing a blogger for defamation who accuses him of embezzlement to fund a lavish lifestyle, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

According to the outlet, Archbishop Makarios has hired lawyer Sue Chrysanthou QC, one of the country’s top silk companies, to take on the case against blogger Alkis Morelas, and has filed a defamation suit against him in court. Federal Court in Sydney this year on four articles written by the blogger since August 2021.

One of Morelas’ plays made serious accusations against high clergy alleging that they “burn ice, ecstasy and coke instead of incense in our churches?”, “sex shops , abortions and particular monks” while alleging sexual relations with married parishioners.

“They are not representatives of God but representatives of Satan, devilish men hiding their filth under their cassocks,” Morelas allegedly wrote, which is included in the court documents.

Ms Chrysanthou said ‘shocking allegations’ were being made against people who could not defend themselves because they were not parties to the trial.

Other accusations made by Morelas included that the archbishop allegedly used funds to have a lavish lifestyle, cars, expensive dresses and trips to Europe.

Ms Chrysanthou argued that the car, the dresses and the trips to Europe were all legitimate, while adding that she found the allegation of expensive cassocks with “extravagant trimmings” rather strange.

“I can step in with 42 years of experience and say that’s what they wear. It is the tradition of the church.

[Daily Telegraph]