A Russian priest identified as Sergiy Zotoy, aged 31, has been banned from carrying out his priestly duties in the Magnitogorsk Orthodox Cathedral and exiled to a remote village church which is 43 miles away, after his wife Oksana Zotoya, 32, emerged as the winner of a beauty contest.
According to reports by Daily Mail, the priest has been told that the only way he can be accepted back into the church is to get his wife, who is a beauty therapist, to repent in her ways.
Although, he expressed that his wife understands her shortcomings and knows what she did wrong, she has refused to repent and instead resorted to critiquing the church.
He further noted that since her emergence, she has received threats, abuse and other angry messages from the online community, with many accusing her of flaunting a luxury lifestyle when in fact, as a woman married to a priest, she should be modest.
The report further stated that a representative of the church court identified as Father Feodor Saprykin, told a Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, that it is a sin when a wife of a religious cleric exposes her body in such way.
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He said: "It is a great sin when the wife of a priest exposes herself like this. Father Sergiy Zotov will not go back to his previous place of service until his wife repents.
"What kind of priest is he, if he can't manage his own family? How can he run the local church community?"
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Mrs Zotov who also reacted to the incidence noted that despite participating in the beauty contest, she is not a completely flamboyant individual. She said she is from a religious family and her brother is also a priest as such, she understands religious sanctions and obeys them by wearing modest cloths.
"I never wear too open clothes or a low neckline. I do not wear skirts that are too short, I put on shorts but only when on holidays." she said.
She further revealed that the constant bullying has made her feel ill and has affected her family, adding that wives of priest are usually seen as tearful and grey-looking women, and they are sick and tired of being seen in that light.
"Wives of priests are usually tearful and grey-looking women. We are sick and tired of this. This wife is doing well. She is bright and modern women, I wish to see more of such wives." Mrs Zotov expressed.
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