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MI--Orthodox bishop defrocked following investigation into sexual misconduct; victims group urges Church to do more

For immediate release, Thursday, June 29, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Orthodox Christian Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (

Yesterday, an Orthodox bishop was defrocked by his synod following a two year investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

The ecclesiastical proceedings into complaints against Bishop Irineu Duvlea, a cleric in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Romanian Episcopate (ROEA), were launched in September of 2015.


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Australian Cardinal charged with sexual assault, SNAP Australia responds

For immediate release, June 29, 2017

Statement by Steven Spaner, volunteer SNAP Australia coordinator, (+1 636-433-2511),

This is probably the most significant action to be taken on behalf of survivors of clergy sexual abuse EVER.  The history of the Catholic Church has been to squelch accusations, hide and shield perpetrators, stonewall inquisitors, and re-abuse victims with ostracization, isolation and counter accusations. 

The Victoria and Melbourne law enforcement and investigative officers have shown the care, compassion, and allegiance to truth and duty that NONE of the ranking members and leaders of the Catholic Church has ever done.  

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