Bishop of Orthodox Church placed on leave pending investigation

Chicago Tribune

By Manya Brachear
Tribune reporter

12:47 p.m. CDT, August 31, 2012

The local bishop of the Orthodox Church in America has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of “inappropriate” behavior with a woman.

The action comes more than a month after the church’s national leader, from Chicago, was forced to resign.

In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Matthias, 63, denied the accusations, which he said came to light in a formal complaint submitted to the church last week.

“The allegations are that I made unwelcome written and spoken comments to a woman that she regarded as an inappropriate crossing of personal boundaries and an abuse of my pastoral authority,” he wrote.

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