Priest Accused of Sex Abuse
In Winnipeg, police officers are looking into claims of sexual abuse that have surfaced after 30 years against the priest who is now a high-ranking archbishop.
According to an American advocacy group that reaches out to abuse survivors, claims against Archbishop Seraphim began to surface around two years ago. The allegations involve two adult men who say the sexual abuse occurred in the early 1980s while they were visiting Winnipeg.
In a news release, the Orthodox Church in America said that Archbishop Seraphim requested a three-month leave last Friday. Additionally, the 64-year-old archbishop had posted a letter on the archdiocese's website suggesting that the reason for his leave was his health. He said, "Having also seen my physician, I was informed that this leave is rather overdue."
However, days later Metropolitan Jonah spoke on behalf of church and posted on their website, "I have blessed the church's office for review of sexual misconduct allegations to work in conjunction with the authorities." He reiterated that the church would comply with police procedures and policies.