Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ousted Orthodox bishop serving in Pennsylvania parish - Chicago Tribune

 The former Chicago bishop of the Orthodox Church in America who was asked to retire amid allegations of sexual misconduct two years ago has been serving as a parish priest in eastern Pennsylvania without permission from the national church.

Bishop Matthias, born David Lawrence Moriak, has been serving at the parish in Hermitage, Pa., at the request of another bishop, said a church official. He stepped down from his post as head of the Midwest diocese in April 2013 after the church deemed sexual misconduct what he described as "unwelcome written and spoken comments to a woman that she regarded as an inappropriate crossing of personal boundaries."
At the time, Metropolitan Tikhon, leader of the denomination in North America, said Matthias would not return to his leadership post in Chicago. Whether he would be allowed to serve in a ministry role during his retirement was unclear.

"The healing of the diocese and of the complainant as well as Bishop Matthias' own healing would not be possible should he be returned to the diocese as a ruling hierarch," the Metropolitan said in a statement at the time. "The Holy Synod offered him some time to reflect upon this action and to plan for his transition."

But victims advocates say allowing the bishop to return to any form of active ministry violates the church's zero-tolerance policy.

Ousted Orthodox bishop serving in Pennsylvania parish - Chicago Tribune

No comments:

Post a Comment