Canadian Orthodox archbishop suspended; panel will investigate abuse charge
Catholic World News - December 02, 2010
The Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has suspended Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa, and set up a commission to investigate charges of sexual abuse that have been lodged against the prelate.
Archbishop Seraphim has been on a leave of absence since September, when the abuse charges were made public. The Synod announced that “after careful deliberations and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Orthodox Church in America mandated in cases of allegations of sexual misconduct,” the archbishop should be suspended from active ministry. Bishop Irenée (Rochon) of Quebec was appointed the apostolic administrator of the Ottawa archdiocese, to replace Archbishop Seraphim until the investigation is concluded.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our August expenses ($21,772 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!