A new calendar created by Romanian Orthodox Christians featuring muscular male models in steamy poses has been unveiled.
The men behind the Romanian Orthodox 2014 calendar say it pays tribute to gay marriage, which, they say, ‘is in the news all around the world and very timely’.
OC (Orthodox Calendar) was established in 2012 and is the brainchild of a group composed mostly of Orthodox Christian eastern Europeans of the former communist regions.
The Huffington Post was told that the snaps don’t feature any actual priests. The models are gay-friendly members ‘of the Orthodox Church’ who have chosen to strip down for the sexy shoot ‘because they believe – like us – in freedom of speech, tolerance, equality and human rights.’
‘This product is not intended to be used for religious purposes. It is a work of artistic expression and political and social commentary promoting the modernity and dynamism of persons involved in the Orthodox Church,’ added the source.
Reactions from within the church have been mixed.
According to the website: ‘Some called them terrorists; some did not bother to react. The coolest reaction was from the Greek Patriarchy, who declared ”they did not approve but understand it could be appreciated by creative people and minorities”.’
Source: Mail Online