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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

24 March 2015. Updates on Two Continuing Abuse Cases Involving Orthodox Clergy

00 Suffer the Little Children and Fordbid Them Not. 01.10.12

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The Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia (BOD) announced on its website on Saturday 21 March 2015 that Archpriest Paisius DeLucia would be defrocked.

http://bulgariandiocese.org/

http://www.bulgariandiocese.org/files/Spiritual-Court/21Mar-Decision.pdf

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is relieved that the BOD removed the founder and former head of St Innocent Academy (SIA) in Kodiak AK from a position of authority. However, they agree with the publishers of Academy Abuse that more remains to be done.

https://academyabuse.info/

At least 18 former students accused DeLucia of physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse. The spiritual court concluded that he publicly shamed kids, used vulgar language, engaged in unbecoming behaviour while serving the sacraments, including interrupting liturgy to discipline attendees, violated confessions, and used “improper pastoral approaches toward the faithful”.

http://www.bulgariandiocese.org/files/Spiritual-Court/21Mar-Decision.pdf

David Clohessy, the Executive Director of SNAP, said, “First, it must be said that this decision would not have been possible without the bravery and persistence of all the former students who testified at the spiritual court. We congratulate them on their victory and applaud their courage”. Cappy Larson of SNAP added, “However, the diocese also needs to step up and explain what they will do in the future to prevent further abuses. As a mother, it’s very disturbing to me that St Innocent’s was billing itself as a treatment centre for troubled youth without any oversight from the Church or from the state. Kids with problems deserve a qualified and credentialed staff”. Melanie Jula Sakoda, also of SNAP, wondered, “And are the BOD and Christ the Saviour Brotherhood (CSB) going to take responsibility for what happened to the students who attended the academy? Fr Paisius’ victims may need counselling and therapy as they try to heal”.

DeLucia founded SIA in 1998 under the auspices of CSB, and the group reportedly still owns the property where the school sits. The academy, along with other parishes from CSB, joined the BOD in 2000.

http://www.pokrov.org/groups/csb-christ-the-saviour-brotherhood/

Clohessy concluded, “There’s also still an open criminal investigation into the academy. Victims who haven’t yet done so should make a report to Trooper Robert Casey (907-486-4121robert.casey@alaska.gov) as soon as possible”.

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At their recent meeting in Syosset NY, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) again delayed defrocking Canadian Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2

Members of an abuse survivors’ group are outraged that the synod still has not removed the archbishop from the ranks of clergy. He was the OCA’s highest-ranking clergyman in Canada, but was convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old altar boy in January of 2014 and is currently in jail.

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

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ex-archbishop-gets-8-months-for-molesting-altar-boy-30-years-ago-1.1905622

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/02/05/storheims-appeal-denied-going-to-jail

The OCA’s synod instead “reviewed” the report of the Synodal Commission, as well as procedures and a date for the spiritual court. They also appointed a committee of three bishops to “develop appropriate procedures”.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say that the denomination has publicly acknowledged that their sex abuse policy requires that clergy convicted of child sexual abuse be laicised.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/court-upholds-conviction-of-archbishop-seraphim

http://www.snapnetwork.org/canada_defrock_archbishop

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_clergy_sex_abuse_victims_beg_synod_to_defrock_archbishop

Cappy Larson of SNAP said, “This ‘spiritual court’ seems to me to be little more than a time-wasting formality. Both Archbishop Seraphim’s guilt and church policy are crystal clear”. Melanie Jula Sakoda, also of SNAP, added, “At least Archbishop Seraphim can’t use his religious title to hurt children from behind bars, but what happens when he completes his sentence?” Larson concluded, “The OCA can’t afford to have the archbishop’s die-hard supporters expose kids to danger to prove to him that they trust him completely”. 

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Editor:

The fact that the OCA refuses to give Storheim the drop even though he’s in the slam for nasty doings speaks volumes. I have to walk away from this one. One MP priest asked me, “Which one of the OCA bishops isn’t gay?” This gives that question tread… and I wish that it didn’t. However, facts are facts… the OCA has to shitcan Storheim and apologise to his victims for the over-the-top attacks on them by Storheim’s shyster in court. That’s what I believe, any road. I stand by it.

BMD

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Bulgarians Shitcan Perv Priest in Alaska

01 read all about it

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The Spiritual Court of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia delivered its verdict on Saturday, 21 March 2015. It deposed Paisius DeLucia from the Sacred Priesthood, effective immediately. Academy Abuse would like to thank all the victims and witnesses who came forward to help to stop Mr DeLucia’s abuse, despite the shaming and intimidation they experienced in doing so. This, however, isn’t the end. The Bulgarian Diocese must still address the status of St Innocent Academy, including provisions for preventing further abuse. In addition, the Bulgarian Diocese must take responsibility, including financial responsibility, for counselling and therapy needed by Mr DeLucia’s victims. You can expect further updates from Academy Abuse.

21 March 2015

Academy Abuse

https://academyabuse.info/

Click here for the actual deposition decision

Monday, 23 February 2015

Alaska Priest Accused of Naughty Doings Placed on Leave of Absence

01 newspaper

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Read this. Academy Abuse gives this important piece of advice to those who might have something to say on the matter:

Academy Abuse strongly recommends extreme caution to those who choose to meet with Bishop Daniil in person.  The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has a similar recommendation.

Be careful… a member of the Spiritual Court is a HOOMie (all too many of them are perv/abuse enablers, as we saw in the Brittain case)… also, the apparats of diaspora Orthodox bodies are more concerned with coverup than transparency (as we saw in the Koumentakos and Iliff cases). IF YOU HAVE ANY DEALING WITH ANY CHURCH APPARAT OR APPARATCHIK, HAVE A WITNESS PRESENT… THEY LIE LIKE RUGS. However… this doesn’t involve the State of Alaska and its legal case against this jabronie. Even if the Spiritual Court were to whitewash the affair, the perp wouldn’t be off the hook with the secular authorities. That’s all that there is now… stay tuned for more developments.

BMD

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

17 February 2015. Eliel Wins Beauty Contest in OCA DOS… Canonically Meaningless Exercise… It’s All Up to the OCA SOBs Who Gets the Omofor

01 Paffhausen with Isidore Brittain

In case you forgot… here’s the sort of people that Paffso and Peterson hang around… Izzie Brittain… a convicted kiddie porn perv. Do you really want the same sort as a bishop (that is, a perv enabler, not a perv… don’t forget how Paffso defended the convicted perv Storheim and how he defended the SVS coverup of the Iliff Affair)?

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The konvertsy toddlers are jumping up and down as though the DOS Beauty Contest actually meant something. It doesn’t. In ALL Orthodox Local Churches, the local SOBs appoint ALL bishops, no exception. There are four candidates, two ethnics, and two konvertsy. One priest told me that Bishop Irineu Duvlea has the inside track, for two reasons. Firstly, everyone’s convinced that the Romanians are going to go back to their Mother Church; since Irineu has given a very good impression, the OCA SOBs want to keep him in the fold, so to speak. Note well that the OCA SOBs would normally see him as the successor to Nathaniel Popp. Secondly, Eliel is one of the gay caballeros around Paffhausen… remember, Paffso’s given the SOBs nothing but grief, even after stepping down. Paffso was a dud… Moriak was a dud… Maymon’s a dud, too. It looks like all the konvertsy faves ended up in the shitter… I think that the SOBs have noticed that too.

As for me, I think that Irineu is the best choice. Firstly, he’s an outsider with no ties to this-or-that faction. Secondly, he has a REAL monastic formation in a REAL monastery in an Orthodox homeland. Thirdly, he has NO ties to Paffso and his scurvy crew. Fourthly, he’d make the konvertsy walk the chalk line or walk the plank. Fifthly, it’d mean that the SOBs wouldn’t need to appoint and pay a new bishop… no small thing that. Sixthly, he’s never had ties to questionable people with naughty pasts. Overall, what’s not to like?

Besides that, the bio given out by the konvertsy of Eliel was crank in the extreme. Firstly, there was no mention WHY Podmo got the heave-ho. Eliel remained loyal to him even after the news of Podmo’s naughty escapades became common knowledge. On top of that, an older friend of mine told me that Vladyki Antony Medvedev ORDERED the brotherhood to leave Platina, but that Eliel and Christiansen defied him. I don’t have a second source, but it sounds possible (and it fits the personalities of those mentioned), so, I’d give it a “maybe”… should the OCA SOBs appoint such a man as a bishop? It’d be Moriak on steroids… that was bad enough, wasn’t it? Secondly, there was no mention of the fact that the Native Corporation kicked Eliel and his bros off Spruce Island. He didn’t leave of his own accord. Several Alaska sources told me this. I needn’t go further… most of the rest is of similar calibre. That’s what upsets me and most other grounded Orthodox… how the konvertsy LIE about their favourites. Reality means NOTHING to them.

Again, the vote that took place was an exercise in futility. It means NOTHING in canonical terms. Will this mean that some of the konvertsy will go vagante if Eliel doesn’t become a bishop? We’ll have to see… you can’t judge them all by the Monomuckos gang and Dreher, after all…

BMD

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