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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Beg OCA Holy Synod to Defrock Archbishop Seraphim Storheim

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Storheim was OCA’s Highest Ranking Cleric in Canada: Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting a Young Boy

SNAP to church officials: “You’re breaking your own abuse policy”

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Members of an abuse survivors’ group are urging OCA officials to defrock Canada’s highest ranking archbishop, who has been found guilty of molesting a child. Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say that the denomination’s panel which is responsible for disciplining clergymen is breaking church policy by not permanently ousting Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, who was convicted in January of sexually violating an 11-year-old boy.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Archbishop-Storheim-found-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-altar-boy-241849391.html

The synod of bishops of the Long Island-based Orthodox Church in America (OCA) will begin its spring session in Syosset NY tomorrow. Among the items on their agenda are further “decisions” concerning Storheim.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-to-begin-spring-session-march-18

http://www.pokrov.org/wp-content/uploads/2014.03.02-Letter-from-Metropolitan-Tikhon-to-SNAP.pdf

The Policies, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct, approved by the OCA’s synod at their Fall 2013 meeting, state that “Any clergy … found to have committed child sexual abuse … shall be deposed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, and shall be permanently prohibited from exercising any functions or responsibilities of parish ministry. …”

http://oca.org/PDF/official/2013-10-PSP-Sexual-Misconduct.pdf

Cappy Larson of SNAP said, “This is a no-brainer and should’ve happened weeks ago. Both Archbishop Seraphim’s guilt and church policy are crystal clear. Church officials’ delays and indecision are helping a criminal and hurting his victims”. SNAP is writing to the synod, pleading with them to enforce their abuse policy. Melanie Jula Sakoda, also of SNAP, said, “Let’s make sure that this convicted child molester can never again use his religious titles or roles to get access to and hurt another child”.

From 1990 until his suspension in November of 2010, Storheim headed the OCA’s Archdiocese of Canada, based in Ottawa ON. Prior to that, he worked in Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, London ON, Charlotte NC in the USA, and in Finland.

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The text of SNAP’s letter, sent today by fax and email to nine bishops (names at bottom), is here:

Dear Sirs: 

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was convicted of the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy on January 24, 2014. Section 10.05(B) of your newly adopted Policies, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct states clearly that, “Any Clergy who … is found to have committed child sexual abuse … shall be deposed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, and shall be permanently prohibited from exercising any functions or responsibilities of parish ministry. …”

Please Gentlemen, Archbishop Seraphim has been found guilty in a court of law of child sexual abuse. Although the judge did not find that there was enough evidence to convict the archbishop of abusing the boy’s twin, his allegation is certainly credible and should also be taken into account.

We know that there is a very active group supporting the archbishop and urging you to hold off taking action until any appeals are completed. As members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the three of us know first-hand the devastating effects of child sexual abuse. We are pleading with you to send a strong message to your flocks. If the sexual abuse of children truly is not tolerated in the OCA, defrock Archbishop Seraphim now.

Policies do not protect children. Actions protect children. The archbishop has been convicted. Do the right thing and follow your own guidelines.

Sincerely,

David Clohessy

St Louis MO, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

(314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Cappy Larson

San Francisco CA, SNAP Orthodox Director

(cappy@rlarson.com)

Melanie Jula Sakoda

Moraga CA, SNAP Orthodox Director

(925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

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Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard

Orthodox Church in America

PO Box 675

Syosset NY 11791

Tel:

(516) 922 0550

Fax:

(516) 922 0954

E-mail: 

metropolitan@oca.org

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Archbishop Nathaniel Popp

PO Box 309

Grass Lake MI 49240-0309

Tel:

(517) 522 4800

Fax:

(517) 522 5907

E-mail: 

nathaniel@roea.org

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Archbishop Nikon Liolin

PO Box 149

Southbridge MA 01550

Tel:

(508) 764 3222

E-mail: 

bpnikon@aol.com

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Archbishop Benjamin Peterson

1520 Green St

San Francisco CA 94123

Tel:

(415) 567 9378

E-mail: 

vikenty@msn.com

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Archbishop Alejo Pacheco-Vera

Av Rio Consulado E Iruapato #53

Col Penon De Los Banos

Mexico, DF 15520

Tel:

5784-5198

Fax:

5784-5198

E-mail: 

obispoalejo@yahoo.com.mx

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Bishop Melchisedek Pleska

PO Box 1769

Cranberry Township PA 16066-1769

Tel:

724-776-5555

Fax:

724-776-5555

E-mail: 

melchisedek999@yahoo.com

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Bishop Michael Dahulich

33 Hewitt Ave

Bronxville NY 10708

Tel:

(914) 779 6580

Fax:

(914) 779 6581

E-mail: 

bishopmichael@nynjoca.org

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Bishop Alexander Golitzin

519 Brynhaven Drive

Oregon OH 43616

Tel:

419-693-9540

Fax:

419-693-9541

E-mail: 

alexander@bdoca.org

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Bishop David Mahaffey

7031 Howard Ave

Anchorage AK 99504-1899

Tel:

907-538-9318

Fax:

907-677-0646

E-mail: 

otyetz@hotmail.com

17 March 2014

Barbara Dorris

SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_clergy_sex_abuse_victims_beg_synod_to_defrock_archbishop

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Editor:

Do make your voice heard… that’s why the contact info is here. We shouldn’t have a convicted criminal as a bishop. By the way, he wouldn’t be “laicised”; he’d be stripped of the episcopate. The Church only allows “one punishment” per crime. That is, deposition from the episcopate entails reduction in rank to the ordinary priesthood. The Mother Church had an analogous case in Vladimir Oblast (the problem was a priest, not a bishop). It didn’t go to court because the ruling bishop acted with dispatch… you see, the Moscow tabs got wind of it, publicised it, which galvanised the Patriarch into action, who built a fire under the local bishop. The local bishop forbade the priest involved to have contact with children and fired him from his post (which satisfied the Prokuratura, which didn’t bring a criminal case). That is, the Church punished the perp, so, there wasn’t need for a trial. Had the OCA done likewise, there wouldn’t have been all this shitstorm.

Contact the bishops… state your mind… state it clearly… demand that they follow their own rules. Then, they should send Seraphim off to a monastery with no access to children (which is, I believe, what the Canadian government really wants). That’s fair to everybody.

For God’s sake, let it not be “business as usual!” However, the news that the Holy Synod chose the unsuitable Mark Maymon (he disobeyed Philip Saliba’s direct orders… therefore, he’s unfit to serve as ruler of a doghouse, let alone a diocese) as a ruling bishop gives me little hope. If the Holy Synod elevates disobedient and hubristic SOBs to its dioceses (what’s more, someone championed by the questionable Paffhausen and who had an anti-Orthodox un-Christian Evangelical formation)… it’s quite possible that they’d be impervious to reason and logic. However, we MUST make an effort. We shall see…

BMD

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Ukraine Not Able to Prosecute Yanukovich at ICC

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A spokesman for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague said that the Ukraine couldn’t appeal to the ICC to prosecute former Ukrainian state figures, including Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, noting, “No country in the world has a right to ask the ICC to prosecute certain people”. Moreover, the ICC’s jurisdiction doesn’t cover the Ukraine because it hasn’t yet ratified the Rome Statute of the ICC. The spokesman observed, “Any country can decide to ratify the Rome Statute, which would give the ICC the opportunity to investigate cases that took place on the territory of the country anytime from 1 July 2002, when the document came into force. In any case, only the court’s prosecutor can decide whether there’s sufficient ground for conducting an investigation”. On Tuesday, the Rada approved a decision to appeal to the ICC to bring Viktor Yanukovich and other officials to justice “for crimes against humanity during peaceful protest rallies between 30 November 2013 and 22 February 2014″.

26 February 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_26/Ukraine-not-able-to-prosecute-Yanukovych-through-ICC-0130/

Editor’s Note:

If you wanted proof that the Timoshenko junta isn’t long for this world, this is it. You see, the ICC is a HIGHLY politicised body; in fact, it’s more of a political body than a real court. In other words, the ICC determined that the Timoshenko cabal wasn’t a legitimate government; they concluded that wasn’t long for this world. Ergo, the ICC wanted no part of this steaming meadow muffin. They sound so… miffed, don’t they? Eek! It might soil our white gloves! Go away! This is GOOD news… but the situation deteriorates hourly… no one, least of all me, has a handle on it all.  Stay tuned…

BMD

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Dolgov Presents Démarche to USA Over Deterioration of Prisoner’s Health

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On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) said that Konstantin Dolgov, MID Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, presented a formal démarche to a minister-counsellor of the American embassy, who the MID summoned to the ministry in Moscow on Friday, over significant deterioration in the health of Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a lengthy prison term at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix. The MID said, “We emphasised, on our part, that American authorities bear all responsibility for our compatriot’s life and health”. Repeatedly, the MID said that Russia brought up the question of Yaroshenko’s health, as his treatment exacerbated his chronic diseases, from “the torture and humiliation he was subjected to during his arrest in Liberia and by the lack of proper medical aid. Unfortunately, they’ve still made no measures to improve the situation”.

The MID informed American diplomats of Russia’s intention to arrange a visit to Yaroshenko at Fort Dix in the near future by a group comprising Dolgov, senior diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Washington and Consulate General in New York, and Russian doctors to organise a qualified medical inspection of Yaroshenko and decide his treatment, saying, “We called on the American authorities not to obstruct this mission and give it any possible help”. Moscow expects a prompt and positive response from the USA, as it should take into account the humanitarian aspect of the situation, as it puts a human life in danger.

American authorities arrested Yaroshenko in Liberia on 28 May 2010 on the charge of preparing to smuggle a large haul of cocaine, deporting him to the USA. An American court (illegally) sentenced the Russian pilot to 20 years in prison on 7 September 2011. Russian representatives charged that the USA violated international law in this case, as the American special services captured a Russian citizen in a third country and  brought him to the USA in secret. On 15 August 2013, Dolgov told Interfax that the New York Federal Court of Appeals decision declining an appeal in the Yaroshenko case makes it possible to use the 1983 European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and that precedents of such coöperation between Russia and the USA already exist.

14 February 2014

Russia Beyond The Headlines

http://rbth.ru/news/2014/02/14/russia_presents_demarche_to_us_over_deterioration_of_prisoners_health_34227.html

Editor’s Note:

Not to put too fine a face on it, both Konstantin Yaroshenko and Viktor Bout are in American prisons illegally, as American law and courts have NO jurisdiction whatsoever outside of the USA. The Americans hold Yaroshenko and Bout as helpless pawns… the USA will use them to get release of its spies from (legally-imposed) Russian imprisonment. That’s an old story, isn’t it? Besides that, Americans are arrogant and hubristic… they think that their money buys them everything… including exemption from the law (look at how Wee Willy Romney’s father bought him a bogus “clergy exemption” in the Vietnam War… and how the Republican Party nominated such a cowardly amoral unpatriotic greedster as its standard-bearer).

It explains why certain clergy are protecting a convicted perv. The law doesn’t apply to them, dontcha know! Interesting… one of those in on the cover-up is a retired judge (at least, he’s kept silent publicly on the public silence on the kid glove treatment of the perv)… none dare call it evil.

BMD

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Russian Diplomats Demand Medical Visit to Pilot Wrongfully Imprisoned by the USA

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Editor’s Note:

Yaroshenko NEVER set foot in the USA prior to his kidnapping by American special services. That is, he did nothing in the USA; ergo, he broke NO American law. American courts have NO jurisdiction on acts committed outside of the USA… anything that happens on sovereign territory outside of the USA is immune to American prosecution under all international law and custom (except for acts committed on the territory of an embassy or of a sovereign military base area). That’s to say, the USA has acted in a criminal way since the time of Clinton and Bush II. It tries people for “crimes” over which it has no jurisdiction… it imprisons people for years without a hearing or a trial. I call that EVIL… and I’m not alone. If you vote for the Republican Party, you vote for evil and lawlessness (they call it “libertarianism”)… that’s NOT “Pro-Life” at all, is it, kids? Have a care, there be counterfeits out there…

Bring Yarsoshenko home… the USA should apologise for its criminality, but it won’t. We live in “interesting times”… I see why the Chinese consider them a curse

One last thing… Jen Psaki owes the Russian state, government, and people an apology for saying that Russian behaviour hit “new lows”. Illegally imprisoning someone is a “low”… the USA does it… Russia does not. Who’s the bully? One of these things is NOT like the other…

BMD

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On Friday, the Russian government said that it plans to send diplomats and doctors to visit a Russian pilot serving a 20-year jail sentence in the USA for attempted drug trafficking. The group will visit Konstantin Yaroshenko at the Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix in Hanover NJ. Russian doctors will check Yaroshenko; they should prescribe treatment for what’s said to be his worsening health. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) said, “Russia called on American authorities not to hinder this mission, but instead to offer all possible assistance”. On Friday, Yaroshenko’s lawyer, Aleksei Tarasov, said that his client experiences severe headaches and chest pains, which he said indicated pre-stroke symptoms, but that was difficult to get medical records from prison authorities.

The USA captured Yaroshenko in Liberia in 2010 after replying to an advertisement posted by agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency claiming to be selling a cargo plane for a dollar. Later, the American authorities flew him to the USA. Yaroshenko plead innocent to drug smuggling charges, but the court nonetheless convicted and sentenced him in April 2011 for colluding to smuggle cocaine into the USA. Yaroshenko said that he wanted to buy the plane, but that he had no plans to use it to transport drugs. He said that his poor English prevented him from understanding the nature of the deal proposed by the duplicitous American undercover agents. In August 2013, the New York Federal Court of Appeals rejected a motion for his retrial. Besides that, the USA also rejected Russia’s request for Yaroshenko’s return home.

14 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140214/187545118/Russian-Diplomats-Demand-Medical-Visit-to-US-Jailed-Pilot.html

 

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