OCA Synod Reviews Saint Tikhon Investigation, Sexual Misconduct Committee Results

March 24, 2010  []

SYOSSET, NY [OCA Secretary Office] — His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah chaired the spring session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America at the Chancery here March 16-18, 2010.

“Due to the nature of several issues facing the hierarchs, certain sessions were closed,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. “This included Metropolitan Jonah’s opening address.”

A key issue upon which the hierarchs deliberated in closed session was the report of a special committee charged with investigating the financial situation at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery and Bookstore, South Canaan, PA, according to Father Eric. In response, the hierarchs issued the following statement.

“The Holy Synod discussed in detail the draft of the report of the Saint Tikhon Investigation Committee. Metropolitan Jonah will chair a committee which will evaluate the report’s recommendations. After a full review by the Holy Synod, the final report will be issued.”

Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, OCA Chancellor, in addition to his written report, addressed the Holy Synod in which he noted that the work of the Office of Review of Sexual Misconduct’s new committee that was recently blessed by Metropolitan Jonah to begin its task of conducting investigations as needs dictate. Committee members are in the process of rewriting policies and procedures and expanding the scope of their work to pastoral misconduct. A discussion ensued on policies currently in place and compliance levels.

Read the full article: http://www.oca.org/news/2108

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