Head of Canadian Church Steps down Because of Police Investigation

October 5, 2010

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim stepped down while a police investigatin is underway.

The head of the Archdiocese of Canada Orthodox Church in America has stepped down because of a police investigation.

CTV News has learned allegations of misconduct were made to Winnipeg police regarding Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

He announced Sunday he was stepping down from the Christian church while the police investigation is underway.

In the 1980's, Storheim was a priest in Winnipeg at the Rector of Holy Trinity Sobor from December 1984 to June 1987.

Officials at the Winnipeg church would not comment on the allegations on Tuesday.

The Orthodox Church in America, which is the head of the orthodox churches in the U.S. and Canada, issued a statement on its website.

In the statement officials said Storheim had taken a three-month leave of absence because of a Canadian police investigation over alleged misconduct dating back 30 years.

No charges have been laid.

The Orthodox Church in America's statement is available on its website at:


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