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CA-–Sex offender returned to ministry by Antiochian Orthodox Church

Bishop pleaded guilty to groping a woman in a Michigan casino in 2004

Cleric spent time in jail and was on the sex offender registry

Retired after his conviction, the head of the Antiochians recently appointed him to lead the Diocese of Los Angeles

A victims’ group condemns this action, calling it “unbelievable, dangerous and callous”

 

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos, sex abuse victims and their supporters will hold a press conference outside the cathedral of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West to:

-- publicize the recent appointment of Bishop Demetri Matta Khoury to assist Metropolitan Joseph G. Al-Zehlaoui in the administration of the diocese,

-- provide information about Khoury’s 2003 arrest, and subsequent 2004 conviction and sentence, and

-- blast the Church for making such a misguided decision and placing women and girls at risk.

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PA--Victims blast Philly archbishop

Victims blast Philly archbishop

He brings controversial group here

Its founder & his top aide abused kids

Several with the order are now in Philly parish

Advocates say Chaput “must denounce predators”

SNAP also charges “Pope’s visit last year changed nothing”

Local Catholic officials “ignore Francis’ pledges,” victims allege

Pontiff said ‘enablers’ would be ‘held accountable’ but they aren’t, SNAP feels

 

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Philly’s top Catholic officials to:

  • “come clean” about importing a controversial, ultra-conservative Catholic cult-like order (Sodalitium Christianae Vitae) whose founder is a confirmed child molester,
  • stop promoting the order and start warning other US bishops about it, and
  • act on the promises Pope Francis made in Philly a year ago by exposing and disciplining even a few priests who hid or ignored child sex crimes, and disclose more about clergy sex abuse cases.
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