IL-- Ex-Chicago priest arrested on sex charge
immediate release: Thursday, June 25
An Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge involving a teenager. Now, it’s time for his former church colleagues and supervisors in Chicago to take action.
Rev. Archim Andoni, a Chicago native, now lives in Pittsburgh and works at a Youngstown church. But he has also worked in Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa and “mostly in the Chicago area,” according to the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald.
Rev. Andoni, who also goes by James Callozzo, was a monk at St. Savas Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois. That monastery was recently in the news when a novice was arrested for soliciting sex with a minor online.
--at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, Massachusetts from 1960-1965. (It’s founder, Archimandrite Panteleimon Metropoulos, a.k.a. John Metropoulos, has been accused of sexual assault by many of the monks at HTM over the years, some of them teenagers.)
--associated with an unusual number of Orthodox jurisdictions: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Jerusalem Patriarchate, Serbian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-11145504.html
It’s very unlikely this is a “one time” offense. We beg Orthodox officials in each of these states to show courage and compassion by actively seeking out anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered Rev. Andoni’s crimes.
It’s the moral and civic duty of those with information or suspicions about sex crimes to call police. Church officials gave Rev. Andoni access to innocent kids and vulnerable adults. He may have assaulted some of them. So church officials need to step up, speak out, reach out and try to find and help his victims while also helping law enforcement convict him.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.