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Suspended Orthodox archbishop faces abuse trial in Canada

CWN - January 19, 2012

An Orthodox prelate who was suspended from ministry in 2010 will have to stand trial on sex-abuse charges.

Following a court hearing in Winnipeg determined that the evidence against Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was sufficient to merit a full trial, which was scheduled for March. The Orthodox prelate is accused of molesting teenage boys while serving in Manitoba 30 years ago.

Late in 2010 (the Winnipeg Free Press story inaccurately refers to “last November”), Archbishop Seraphim was suspended from episcopal ministry by the Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church of America. He had been serving as Archbishop of Ottawa.

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