Archbishop Steps down Amid Abuse Claims

The Kelowna
October 5, 2010

A high-ranking Canadian archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America, who was a priest in Winnipeg nearly 30 years ago, has stepped down amid allegations of sexual abuse.

In a statement released on the website of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), church officials said Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, 66, of Ottawa is on a leave of absence as police in Canada investigate abuse claims.

The OCA's statement indicates the church is co-operating with investigators and that an internal probe is underway.

Winnipeg police could not be immediately reached for comment, but media outlets are reporting that local sex-crimes investigators have opened an investigation.

Storheim's leave as head of the archdiocese began Oct. 1, the OCA's statement said.

Storheim was the rector of Holy Trinity Sobor [parish] in Winnipeg's North End from December 1984 to June 1987, according to an online biography on the church's website.

The Canadian diocese of the OCA was established in 1903.


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