IL - SNAP Statement Regarding the Investigation of Chicago Orthodox Bishop
We are grateful that Bishop Matthias Moriak has addressed the rumors about him that have been swirling in Orthodox circles. The bishop of Chicago and the Midwest confirmed yesterday that he has been placed on a paid leave of absence while he is investigated by the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) for “inappropriate” behavior with a woman.
While we are grateful that the OCA appears to be handling the matter in accord with their sexual abuse policy, the group still appears reluctant to be transparent and open about such allegations. To date, no information about the charges or the investigation has appeared on the website of the OCA. The Church should be using every outlet available to them to publicize the allegations and to ask those with information to come forward.
Let’s hope that every person who can shed light on these allegations will find the courage and strength to speak up so that the truth can be known. If anyone has been the victim of a crime, or witnessed or suspected criminal behavior, they should report to the police before going to church authorities.
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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