A veteran priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada is suing a former parishioner, alleging a damaging letter of complaint she wrote to his superiors resulted in his forced retirement. Rev John Melnyk, 84, said that the woman’s letter alleged inappropriate sexual advances and contact, which Melnyk said never happened. In a statement of claim filed recently, Melnyk said that the woman’s letter of complaint “injured his credit and reputation” and resulted in him being “brought into scandal, odium, and contempt”. Melnyk is asking the court to award him unspecified special and general damages and his court costs. The woman filed a statement of defence, insisting her letter of complaint was truthful, accurate, and justified, and she denied her letter caused any damage to Melnyk’s reputation. We couldn’t reach the woman for comment. No allegations were proven in court. No court dates have been set.
Melnyk told the Free Press that he’d been the parish priest at St Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Disraeli Street since 1997 when, in the summer of 2011, he asked to be transferred to a rural Manitoba parish near the American border. Melnyk said that his superior rejected the request and told him to take retirement on the grounds of the letter of complaint from the parishioner. Melnyk told the Free Press, “I asked to be replaced from St Michael’s, but I wanted to continue serving… a country parish near the American border, where I’d served for 23 years, on a monthly basis. He (the superior) refused to give me an extension because he said I had a sexual charge against me”. Melnyk said that he’s known the woman who made the complaint against him for five or six years, adding be believes her to be in her 60s. He said that he’s been married for 58 years, and that he’s never been the subject of any similar complaints in the past.
26 November 2012
Winnipeg Free Press
Supposedly, Jillions is claiming that a Fr Pihach is being sent to Moscow on a “pastoral visitation”. The rumbling out there is saying that Lyonyo wants to send him to the Centre to replace Dickie Wood. No one told me anything further, but my gut instinct and good-sense warns me that if this Pihach is the same one that has information on the Storheim affair, the Canadian court had best not let him leave the country. This smells to high heaven of Lyonyo trying to pull a fast one… and don’t go after anyone, Lyonyo… this is my deduction, based on my informed “reading” of the spoor on the trail. No one told me “jack shit”. If I were the Crown Attorney, I’d not let the bastard leave at all… the Blunder and his set of greasy eunuchs at Bolshaya Ordynka would protect this POS, and the Canadians would be stewed, screwed, and tattooed. I know that the Crown could get a court order… they should… Lyonyo NEVER plays with a full deck and he invariably deals from the bottom of the pack. Puhalo cooperates with him, for he must. His chequered and oddbod past holds him in thrall to Lyonyo, Jillions, and Behr.
It’s a rum go, all the way ’round… pass me the jug… this is particularly rancid. I do hope that the Winnipeg magistrate gets off his arse tout suite, for if they don’t, they’ll miss the bus… and miss it permanently. Remember Eric Iliff…
Thursday 18 October 2012
Like I wuz sayin’…
I’ve received some VERY interesting grapevine intel… I’m not going to quote the documents, as that might compromise my sources… and no decent and honourable journalist does that.
Lyonyo wrote to Nathaniel Popp saying that he sent a letter to HH appointing Archimandrite Alexander Pihach as temporary dean and rector of St Catherine in Moscow. Fr Alexander’s supposed to be in Moscow sometime in October for a term of “several weeks” (the original documentation wasn’t precise). Supposedly, upon his return from this temporary posting, a final decision on his appointment would take place. Now, that’s interesting, for it implies that Pihach is coming back for the Parma Sobor, which means that Kish & Co isn’t sure of the result. Pihach has an appointment at the RF Consulate in Toronto for 27 September for his visa. Apparently, the MP hasn’t sent a “letter of invitation”, as Lyonyo stated that it’d be “of great assistance”. Nathaniel Popp sent a letter to HH on the matter. Perhaps, Lyonyo’s sending Pihach to the Centre to remove him from Canada so that the Winnipeg magistrate can’t subpoena him for the Storheim case. I’d advise the Winnipeg judge to put a halt on any visa for Pihach, for its probably being done to stymie the Crown in the Storheim case.
Things are interesting, are they not? I saw actual e-mails and copies of letters. As I said, I’ll not quote them so as not to compromise my sources. We ARE in the Last Act… but it’s NOT the Final Scene, so, please, have a care. Don’t be the last casualty in the last battle by the last bullet.
Monday 17 September 2012
Are Lyonyo and Behr tryin’ to stack the deck? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…
I wuz listenin’ by the grapevine:
Word is that the OCA sexual misconduct committee will drag its feet so Moriak can’t participate in the Parma Sobor or the OCA Midwest Diocesan Assembly (day before at St Michael parish). Everyone thinks it’s coming from Capo di tutti capi Vincenzo Peterson aka Archbishop Benny.
That’s what out there. It looks like Peterson is the favoured SVS/Syosset candidate for the white hat… they don’t give a damn about his arrest, nor do they care that he’s a HOOMie lover (he’s so far up their arse a major surgical operation’s necessary to get him out… after all, he lives in a HOOMie establishment). Remember, the last candidate for the white hat favoured by SVS was Storheim… and we all know how that ended. Moriak’s a clumsy incompetent, he’s a nepotistic creep who favours his own son for advancement, he’s a sycophant to all in power (and a bully to all he considers weaker than himself… that’s the usual definition of “strict”), but he DOES deserve “his day in court”.
It’s also the 100th anniversary of Hopko fils parish in Connecticut (click here for the newspaper article). As a friend of mine said of him:
Ugh! Who cares about the Hopkos? My family knew [Thomas Hopko] well. He’s untrustworthy in his Orthodoxy.
I tossed back:
I don’t either… but it’s news. Hopko fils is a loudmouth apparatchik who thinks himself more important than he is. However, its “news” and I’m a journalist. You cover the news that’s there… not the news that you like. I think that you’d agree with me on that. Pass the jug… l’condition humaine hasn’t changed in the last 24.
In short, Lyonyo and Behr are trying to load the dice and stack the deck; they’re getting ready to run a “dirty” Sobor like a bunch of hoods at the track switching the spitbox after the race. I’d warn all concerned that these braying jackasses are going to run credentials challenges on all those they deem “disloyal” and not “pliant”. The word’s gelling… it appears that Lyonyo and Behr are trying to finesse Petrerson’s election. Remember… Storheim, the last SVS favourite, is now facing a court in Winnipeg. There’s “interesting” stories out there about Peterson (over and above his DUI arrest)… do you want to chance a repeat of Storheim, only this time with the Metropolitan involved?
It’s your choice…
Saturday 15 September 2012