Friday, August 17, 2007

More OCA Bad News

Bishop Nikolai asked to keep out of
church probe of accusations

Board of trustees will discuss filling key seminary positions at meeting today

Article published on Thursday, August 16th, 2007
Mirror Writer

Metropolitan Herman, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, which has a following of more than a million adherents in the United States, is beginning an investigation into misconduct within the Alaska Diocese with charges and allegations centered within the Kodiak clergy, primarily its seminary and the bishop who oversees it.

Herman announced, Tuesday, from his offices in Syosset, N.Y., that an investigation is under way concerning allegations raised against Archimandrite Isidore, rector of the seminary and chancellor of the Alaska Diocese, by Paul Sidebottom, a missionary who was for a time assistant dean of academics at St. Herman Theological Seminary.

The investigation, according to the announcement, has been initiated at the request of Bishop Nilokai, who heads the Alaska Diocese, and is being conducted with the concurrence of Herman.

The request from Nikolai was received Tuesday.

The allegations were brought to the attention of members of the Holy Synod of Bishops at a special session July 31 through Aug. 1, meeting in Syosset.

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