OCA Responds to SNAP re: Monk Seraphim Storheim


Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 11/28/2015
Publication: Pokrov.org

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SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, received a response to their November 13th letter to the Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). SNAP had written to the Church officials asking them to make sure that the former head of the Archdiocese of Canada, Seraphim Storheim, was well supervised and kept off church payrolls.

Storheim was convicted of sexually abusing an 11 year old boy and served time for that offense. He was subsequently defrocked by his Synod and reduced to the rank of lay monk. However, the former archbishop continues to reside at an OCA monastery in Canada.

Archpriest John Jillions, the OCA Chancellor, informed SNAP that the new archbishop of Canada, Irenee Rochon, had developed a supervision plan for his predecessor. The chancellor also assured the victims’ group that the former archbishop would not visit any other parishes unless a supervision plan was in place.

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