John M. Becker

Sexy Orthodox Priests Strip Down to Fight Homophobia

Filed By John M. Becker | November 10, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: calendar, Orthodox Calendar, Orthodox Church, Orthodox priests, priests behaving badly, Russia, sexy men, sexy priests

orthodox-2015-1.jpgRemember the Orthodox Calendar that got us all hot and bothered last year? Good news, guys: it's back for 2015. And just like the last version, this new edition will have you on your knees in prayer!

For the unfamiliar, the Orthodox Calendar is intended as a challenge to Orthodox stereotypes as well as homophobia and repression within the Orthodox Church. The theme of this year's calendar is S.A.L.I.G.I.A., which stands for superbia (pride), avarita (avarice), luxuria (lust), invidia (envy), gula (gluttony), ira (anger), and acedia (sloth) -- the Seven Deadly Sins. The calendar creators explain:

The story takes place on the right bank of the Moskva River south of Moscow, where some priests believe that same-sex unions are NOT a sign of the coming apocalypse, contrary to what Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill may claim. These priests set out, in a humorous way, to remind the world that homosexuality is NOT one of the 7 deadly sins and in fact that Jesus Christ never even referred to homosexuality as a sin!

Yet in the words of many in the Orthodox hierarchy, LGBT people have suddenly become the worst kind of sinners -- an omen of the impending end of the world. What about wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony?

Of course, it's unclear how many of the models, if any, are actually Orthodox priests -- the calendar creators will only say that they're members of the Orthodox Church, which gives quite a lot of wiggle room -- but once you see how gorgeous they are you won't really feel the need to ask questions. And as an added bonus, this year -- for the first time -- the calendar comes in regular and X-rated versions.

Check out some more photos (click to enlarge), and a teaser video, after the jump.

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Click here to order your calendar. If you can't get enough of that video preview, there's also a making-of DVD.

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