Suspended bishop is still working, SNAP responds
SNAP Orthodox is appalled that suspended Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, a credibly accused child molester, is visiting a Canadian church this weekend.
Less than a year ago, the Winnipeg police issued an arrest warrant for Storheim. He turned himself into the police in Edmonton last November. Storheim was questioned by the authorities and released after posting a $500 bond and surrendering his passport. The terms of his release also forbade Storheim from having contact with minors. The case involves the abuse of two ten year old boys.
At a special meeting on November 30, 2010, the Orthodox Church in America’s synod of bishops suspended Storheim.
Yet now, he is allowed to travel across the country to visit an All Saints of Alaska Orthodox Church in Victoria BC this weekend. (http://www.allsaintsofalaska.ca/) A copy of the announcement is below.
This further hurts those who are already suffering – wounded clergy sex abuse victims and concerned laity who were led to believe that clergy sex crimes and cover ups were being taken seriously by the Orthodox Church in America officials. We also question whether this violates the conditions of his release on bond that forbids having contact with minors.
Orthodox Church in America: http://oca.org/
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 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)
SNAP Orthodox http://www.pokrov.org/
Cappy Larson 415 252-7969 cell 415 637-2006
Melanie Sakoda 925 283-7945 cell 925-708-6175
Below is the announcement of Storheim's visit tomorrow:
> To: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [Parish] Visit of Vladyka Seraphim
> Dear Brothers and Sisters of All Saints,
Vladyka Seraphim will be visiting our parish on September 23rd. He will
be with us for Vespers at 6:00pm to celebrate the Synaxis of All Saints of
Alaska. We will then have a dinner at the parish with Vladkyka. This
will be a potluck dinner. Fr. Michael will also be present and serving
the vespers. Fr. Larry will be arriving from Alberta on the 23rd and is
planning to be at vespers.
We'd like to make this an organized potluck so please volunteer for
> 1. Salad
> 2. Main Dish (Vegetarian and Meat)
> 3. Drinks
> 4. Dessert
> The following day, the 24th will be the official installation of Fr.
Larry as our Priest. Following the divine liturgy, we will have a
celebratory lunch to officially welcome Fr. Larry and Mat. Myra.
> This will also be a potluck lunch.
> Fr. Larry will be here for this, but probably not Mat, Myra
> Please sign up for
> 1. Salad
> 2. Cheese tray
> 3. Meat tray
> 4. Drinks
> 5. Main dish
> 6. vegetarian
> 7. drinks
> 8. dessert
> Please remember that Vladyka does not eat meat (fish and shell fish are
fine), and is on a low carbohydrate diet. Things like quinoa that have a
high protein content are acceptable for him to eat. Also Fr. Larry is on
a restricted diet. He does not eat gluten (wheat), dairy, cane-sugar, or
> See you soon,
> Don't forget that the semi-agm is planned for October 02, after the
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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