Lawsuit Looms Over NY Greek Bishop Sex Abuse Claims

January 18, 2011  [, ]

A brewing story has taken a new turn as multiple witnesses have now made claims of abuse by Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, former abbot of the Saint Irene Chrysovalantou Monastery in Astoria, N.Y. A letter from an attorney now made public indicates a lawsuit is imminent. An excerpt from a National Herald report:

A letter charging that the former Abbot of the Chrysovalantou Monastery in Astoria, N.Y., Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, had sexually abused their client was sent to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and to the members of the Holy Synod by The Zalkin Law Firm New York, which also said Church officials did nothing to prevent alleged sexual misconduct or help the victims. “This letter is written on behalf of Andrew G., survivor of repeated acts of sexual abuse inflicted your brother and servant Metropolitan Paisios Loulourgas,” stated attorney Irwin M. Zalkin in his letter dated January 10, 2011. It also added that “Andrew has already shared the details of the abuse in a letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. Andrew also met with the Patriarchal Exarchy team headed by Metropolitan Nikitas that was sent to New York to investigate allegations against Metropolitan Paisios.” Patriarch Bartholomew faces a dilemma in the growing scandal surrounding the Chrysovalantou Monastery in Astoria, N.Y. where charges of sexual abuse have led to a possible civil claim of damages against the Church. (source)

In related news, a  nun charges that +Paisios abused her daughter (read more on that here) and Bishop Vikentios of Apameia has alleged +Paisios sexually abused the Bishop’s brother (read more on that here). For a full list of media reports on this story, visit http://pokrov.org.

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