Canada, NY--Victims’ group outraged that synod again delays defrocking convicted archbishop

For immediate release:  Monday, March 23, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175,

At their recent meeting in Syosset, New York, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) again delayed defrocking Canadian Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.   

Members of an abuse survivors' group are outraged that the synod still has not removed the archbishop from the ranks of clergy. He was the OCA’s highest ranking clergyman in Canada, but was convicted of sexually assaulting an 11 year old altar boy in January of 2014 and is currently in jail.

The OCA’s synod instead “reviewed” the report of the Synodal Commission, as well as procedures and a date for the spiritual court. They also appointed a committee of three bishops to “develop appropriate procedures.”

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say that the denomination has publicly acknowledged that their sex abuse policy requires that clergy who have been convicted of child sexual abuse be laicized.

“This ‘spiritual court’ seems to me to be little more than a time-wasting formality,” said Cappy Larson of SNAP. “Both Archbishop Seraphim's guilt and church policy are crystal clear.”

“At least Archbishop Seraphim can’t use his religious title to hurt children from behind bars,” added Melanie Jula Sakoda, also of SNAP, “But what happens when he completes his sentence?”

“The OCA can’t afford to have the archbishop’s die-hard supporters expose kids to danger to prove to him that they trust him completely,” concluded Larson. 

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell,, Cappy Larson (415-637-2006 cell,, David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,   

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  • Al Henneberry
    commented 2015-03-23 17:07:28 -0500
    “They not only fail from resisting this frailty [of fallen human nature] . . . but do even worse as they commit the cursed sin against nature. Like the blind and stupid, having dimmed the light of their understanding, they do not recognize the disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me nausea, but displeases even the demons themselves, whom these miserable creatures have chosen as their lords. For Me, this sin against nature is so abominable that, for it alone, five cities were submersed, by virtue of the judgment of My Divine Justice, which could no longer bear them. . . . It is disagreeable to the demons, not because evil displeases them and they find pleasure in good, but because their nature is angelic and thus is repulsed upon seeing such an enormous sin being committed. It is true that it is the demon who hits the sinner with the poisoned arrow of lust, but when a man carries out such a sinful act, the demon leaves.”
    –Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Universal Church, quoting Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
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