The chapel of Agios Pavlos in Lindos, on the island of Rhodes has banned foreign weddings after a couple of British newlyweds posted pictures of a simulated sex act on social media that went viral.
The photo of Carly and Matthew Lunn; who also posted it on Facebook, created an uproar in the local community of Rhodes, and all Greece.
However, religious authorities were outraged by the incident, and Bishop Kyrillos of Rhodes decided to ban foreigners from getting married at the chapel of Agios Pavlos.
According to local authorities, the decision is leaving dozens of couples hanging in the balance as Agios Pavlos is a very popular wedding chapel among foreigners looking to get married in Rhodes.
“We cannot allow the monastery to be desecrated in the name of profit,” Kyrillos said on national broadcaster ERT.
“From next year on, political weddings will stop being held there,” Kyrillos said, wondering out loud, “Why do they want a church background, since they do not have a religious wedding?” The bishop said that there are other picturesque locations in Lindos that they can go take photos at, as well.