MI--Orthodox bishop defrocked following investigation into sexual misconduct; victims group urges Church to do more
For immediate release, Thursday, June 29, 2017
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.
SNAP, the Survivors Network, is glad to know that the charges were thoroughly investigated. Since Bishop Irineu has been removed from the priesthood, we assume that the allegations have been found to be credible.
However, the nature of the sexual misconduct has never been publicly disclosed. Other than the fact that there appear to have been multiple allegations, we do not know if the charges involved a member of the Faithful, children or adults, men or women. We appealed to the OCA to make this information public in 2015.
Victims of sexual abuse by a respected clergyman can suffer for years in shame and silence. We again urge the OCA to disclose more about the nature of the complaints, so that those who were too confused and embarrassed to come forward during the investigation can at least take comfort in knowing that they were not the only victims.