The local OCA bishop accused in August of “inappropriate” behaviour with a woman was found guilty of sexual misconduct by church investigators, but will remain at the helm of the Midwest Diocese. Bishop Matthias (born David Lawrence Moriak) will stay on administrative leave until he meets the “rehabilitative measures” required by the church’s Holy Synod. Those measures include directly asking forgiveness from the woman who submitted a complaint, participating in a residential therapeutic program designed for clergy, and undergoing a mentorship with a peer bishop who will then recommend whether Bishop Matthias can return to his post.
Bishop Matthias said in a letter read to parishioners during worship services on Sunday, “I’m deeply sorry that I’ve offended, confused, and caused hurt to this young woman. I’ll communicate my apology directly and personally to her”. According to a statement issued by the Holy Synod, Bishop Matthias allegedly sent inappropriate text and e-mail messages to a female parishioner in the diocese. The statement said that she filed a formal complaint in August. Bishop Matthias said in his letter on Sunday, “I wish that I could convince all of you what I’m certain of in my heart… that the conscious motives behind my interaction with this woman were not impure. But, I know that only active, demonstrated repentance… confession of my sins, pursuit of the means of changing, and a resulting change in conduct… will be convincing”.
4 November 2012
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This is goofy shit to end all goofy shit. The only thing for Moriak to do is to RESIGN IMMEDIATELY and for the Holy Synod to demote him back to the priesthood. Otherwise, it’s the same old same old. When Frau Kässmann, the female EKD bishop, was nicked for driving under the influence, she resigned… immediately, as she felt that her office had been irretrievably besmirched by her action. The same standard holds true for Moriak. The First Families think that “I’m sorry” is sufficient. It isn’t. The GOAA kicked out an abuser right smartly and without delay… the OCA First Families coddle them (perhaps, the Ohio perv should’ve been in the OCA… he’d be a cleric yet). Note it well. They expect you to swallow this whole and kiss their arse, besides. What you do is up to you…
If you go to the Sobor and vote for Tikhon Mollard, there’ll be more of this and worse. Bobby will be back, lusting for revenge. Hmm… could this be an “October Surprise” in church terms? If you’re a Parma Sobor delegate… take heed. This is what they consider “moral”. None dare call it degeneracy…