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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Storheim’s Shyster Gets Him Bail Whilst Appeal is Heard

01 Canadian gavel

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A former Orthodox bishop convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy is free on bail while his appeal is heard. Last week, a court sentenced Seraphim Storheim to eight months in jail for an assault dating back almost 30 years. Jeff Gindin, his lawyer, immediately appealed the conviction and the sentence. Gindin argued that if the court didn’t grant Storheim bail, it’s possible he would’ve served the bulk of his sentence before his appeal was heard. Judge Diana Cameron, of Manitoba’s Court of Appeal, agreed, saying it was conceivable that even if the appeal moves quickly, Storheim would’ve served at least half his sentence before a decision. Storheim was free on bail as the case made its way through the courts, but he’s been in custody since his sentencing.

17 July 2014

The Canadian Press

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/former-priest-applies-bail-appealing-conviction-sexual-assault-163216299.html

Editor:

Jeff Gindin is a POS shyster who attacked the sanity of Storheim’s accusers. That’s why so many victims won’t come forward. The Church Establishment, Goodthinker elements (“Father is always right”), the personal claques of the cleric involved, and the mercenary lawyers who defend the pervs all savage the victims without mercy… in public, no less. The victims hang on the cross again… the people mentioned above show them no compassion or pity. I find Mr Gindin an abhorrent individual… I’d have nothing to do with him or those who defend his nasty and godless methods. Let Storheim go to the slam and serve his eight months… he’d be out in March 2015. That’s no hard time… the asshole deserved EIGHT YEARS for what he did. Mr Justice Mainella made it clear what he thought of Storheim and what he thought of his credibility (by implication that extended to Gindin, Storheim’s mouthpiece). Eight months is an insignificant punishment. Yet, the OCA will spend the “widow’s mite” in an attempt to keep this convicted perv out of the can. None dare call it decadence and depravity, right at the altar of Christ’s Church…

BMD

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Storheim Gets Eight Months in the Slam

01 Go to Jail

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A Winnipeg MN court sentenced a former OCA bishop convicted of molesting an altar boy to eight months in jail. Earlier this year, a Winnipeg court convicted Seraphim Storheim of sexually assaulting a boy who came to visit him in Winnipeg almost 30 years ago. Justice Christopher Mainella called Storheim’s actions deplorable and a gross breach of trust. The OCA placed the 68-year-old on leave after his arrest in 2010, and retired him following his conviction. The Crown asked for a 12-month jail sentence, arguing Storheim abused a position of trust, but his lawyer argued for a conditional sentence with no jail time. At the time of the offence, Storheim was a OCA priest, but later rose to archbishop… the church’s highest-ranking cleric in Canada.

9 July 2014

The Canadian Press

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/former-archbishop-convicted-molesting-alter-boy-almost-30-135631794.html

Editor:

Watch all the goodthinkers caterwaul over this. Let’s not be coy… Storheim’s the only one to go to the can… there were many other abusers… many other victims. I’ll be blunt… we still have a crank institutional culture in re clerical meatheads (whether sexual abusers, corrupt gelt-grabbers, power-hungry ecclesial pols, or nasty parish dictators). All too many people defend the worst priests… that’s superstitious and not Christian in the least. I have nothing but contempt for Jeff Gindin (Storheim’s mouthpiece)… his defence was that the victims were nuts. Thank God, the judge saw through that shit.

After he gets out of the slam, the Church should send Storheim away to a monastery, preferably in Athos or in Europe. Now, that would put a righteous finis to all this…

BMD

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Church won’t Defrock Naughty Archbishop

00 No Tolerance for Child Abuse. 23.10.12

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The Orthodox Church of America (OCA) Archdiocese of Canada won’t defrock a disgraced archbishop recently found guilty of sexually assaulting a Winnipeg boy in the 1980s. Instead, the church quietly retired Archbishop Seraphim Storheim. The decision outraged critics who say the decision to spare Storheim defrocking goes directly against the church’s sexual misconduct policy. Melanie Sakoda, the Orthodox director of SNAP, also known as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said, “I think they’re being very cautious, there’s a lot of sentiment of support for him in Canada. The thing that bothered me is their policy seems to be very clear… if he’s found to have abused a child, he’s to be defrocked”. The archbishop still awaits sentencing after a court found him guilty in January of sexually assaulting a pre-teen boy in the mid-1980s, when he was rector at Holy Trinity Sobor in Winnipeg.

The church’s sexual misconduct policy, updated last fall, states that the church would depose and permanently prohibit from exercising any functions or responsibilities of parish ministry any clergy found to have committed child sexual abuse. Officials for the OCA, the parent organisation to the Archdiocese of Canada, said that the decision to retire came from a need to replace Storheim as ruling bishop in Canada and that they haven’t ruled out defrocking the archbishop. Archpriest Eric George Tosi, secretary for the OCA, said per the canons, a final ruling on Storheim’s fate would be in the hands of a 12-member spiritual court. The court can’t convene until the church’s initial investigation is complete. This is an arduous process, which Sakoda says isn’t necessary, noting, “The trouble with that, is unlike the Catholic Church, in the Orthodox Church the canons are sort of guidelines, they aren’t law. If they wanted to do this, whether it is a panel of 12 bishops or not, they could. I think that sends a message and it sends the wrong message”.

In a letter dated 21 March, the church decided that they’d retire Storheim and that he’d continue in the clergy, as a retired member, take communion with the clergy, and worship in his choice of a church in Edmonton AB or Spencerville ON. The church suspended Storheim in November 2010 when the allegations of abuse first surfaced, saying that a commission would decide his fate within the church after the criminal procedures were complete. The court will sentence Storheim sometime in June, and after that, his lawyer said that he’d file an appeal.

2 April 2014

Kristin Annable

Winnipeg Sun

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2014/04/02/naughty-archbishop-wont-be-defrocked

Editor:

Cappy and Mel get a lot of flak from “goodthinkers”… “We shouldn’t complain about the clergy… we should cover up their sins… we have no right to attack such good people”… yadda, yadda, yadda. Let’s be blunt. The OCA First Families apparat doesn’t give a rat’s ass for the victims. It’s one thing to see that Storheim got legal counsel, but I’ll be blunt, I think that his lawyer, Gindin, was an asshole who based his defence on attacking the victims’ sanity and credibility (that’s my opinion, I can state it publicly, and they can’t sue me for so doing). The OCA Holy Synod knew that was Gindin’s defence… they said nothing. Ergo, when Gindin attacked the witnesses’ credibility, the OCA attacked their credibility.

Tosi makes me want to hurl. All that the Church needs is Justice Mainella’s rather long and rather detailed verdict. It’s time for this shit to end. It’s time to depose Storheim, send him to a remote monastery (in foreign parts, if necessary), apologise to his victims, and pay them reasonable compensation for the unnecessarily nasty attacks levelled on them by Gindin (Gindin deserves a good swift kick in the ass for choosing such low and despicable tactics… I know more than one person willing to do the deed… I know some Cossacks willing to give him more than a swift kick). It’s time for the lawyerly shit to end. Real people were hurt; real people had their reputations dragged in the mud… and these jabronies want to spin it out. Pass me the jug… I know that the human race is sinful and full of self-serving tricks, but this is too much. God have mercy on Storheim’s innocent victims… haven’t they gone through enough?

BMD  

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

20 March 2014. OCA Holy Synod Silent on Storheim

01 See no Evil

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Editor:

I’m well aware that the situation in the Ukraine simmers away, and that it’s important. I’m going to get to it after posting some important Church news.

BMD

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The OCA Holy Synod is meeting now in Syosset, having begun sessions on 18 March. It’s released no news, save for announcing the election of the disobedient incompetent Mark Maymon as Bishop of Eastern Pennsylvania. Anyone who disobeyed his earlier bishop openly and without shame deserves deposition, not a diocese. Under its own rules, the Holy Synod has to depose criminal bishops. As all know, a court in Manitoba found former Archbishop Seraphim Storheim guilty of paedophilia. What’s more, the judge involved castigated Storheim in a stinging two-hour verdict, saying that his testimony was utterly without merit or credibility. The OCA Holy Synod is silent… which makes it complicit in Storheim’s felony if they continue to shelter him. What the Church should do is:

  • Depose Storheim as a bishop, reducing him to the rank of an ordinary priest
  • As Storheim is a monastic, to send him to live in a remote monastery
  • Formally assure the Canadian government, both by registered letter and proper public statements that Storheim will have no contact with children
  • Publicly apologise to the victims, both for the abuse and for the inappropriate attacks upon them by Mr Gindin, Storheim’s attorney
  • Make a proper compensation to the victims for what this long legal process did to them
  • Publicly apologise to the believers for wasting their contributions on a fruitless attempt to coverup a bishop’s wrongful actions… an inappropriate use of the “widow’s mite”, if there ever was such (where is Alexander Lebedeff and his “righteous anger” now? Do note his silence when the First Families protect one of the apparat)

I expect NONE of this to happen. I expect Mollard to drool on command and look properly chastened… and do NOTHING. However, he’s a better choice than Peterson or Dahulich (the other two seekers of the white hat at the last Sobor) were… it’s the old Russian saying, “All of the choices are worst”.

Jillions issued personnel changes… for October to December 2013. The Synod should fire Jillions immediately for incompetence and laziness. It doesn’t take three to six months to announce personnel changes. With modern cyberposting, one could do it WEEKLY (no lie… it’d take all of five minutes, if one had the proper template prepped). Indeed, oca.org should post pending ordinations the month before the event so that anyone with a proper complaint could tell the Church authorities. Lacking this, we have a corrupt and bone-idle apparat giving the bird to the believers. “Pay up, you fuckers! It ain’t cheap living on the Island!”

The OCA is trying to “duck” the Ukrainian situation. However, its recognition from the MP DOES carry with it a “price tag”. The OCA will have to cut off all ties with Uniates and support the MP line… the Centre has ways of making its wishes reality (shall Balashov make a visit to Syosset to have a “prophylactic chat” with Mollard?). Watch for Mollard to crumple… the Centre didn’t choose him for nought, y’ know. They know that he lacks the grit and fortitude to resist them. Don’t waste any effort or attack on Mollard… he’s an utter cipher… but he’s a useful cipher, at this time and place. Do bear that in mind.

Pass the jug… covering Orthodoxy is NEVER boring, is it?

BMD

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