Allowing Allowing Koveos to still function as a priest in any capacity is a disgrace

Author: Greta Larson
Date Published: 12/06/1999

POKROV NOTE: Emmanuel Koveos never served as a chanter for the Transfiguration Church in Lowell. He was chanting for a separate parish that was using Transfiguration’s facilities.
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Greta Larson: “Allowing Koveos to still function as a priest in any capacity is a disgrace and un-ethical”

December 6, 1999

Dear Orthodox news,

Recently I have published a letter on the Protection of the Theotokos web site regarding Emmanuel Koveos. Emmanuel Koveos is a Greek Orthodox priest who has been suspended by the church. He was convicted of molesting a young girl in his parish. Despite this fact, he has not been de-frocked and is still a priest. He is now working as a chanter in Lowell, Massachusetts.

A man who has violated the boundaries between a priest and a (child) parishioner in such a way should no longer be in a church situation where he is still called “Father” and wears priestly clothing.

If church leaders have indeed authorized Koveos to enter yet another community in a leadership role, it is a mockery to our faith. In our faith we need to protect one another. Allowing Koveos to still function as a priest in any capacity is a disgrace and un-ethical — both to Koveos and any previous or potential future victims.

There are many people who are in grave agony over the actions of Koveos. Above all, there is one young woman who was violated by this so-called “man of God” and never received any concern from her church community. I pray that Orthodox people start to hold their leaders and hierarchs accountable for these abuses and start to reach out to those victims who are hurting as a result. It is our job as Christians.

Sincerely,
Greta Larson
web master
Protection of the Theotokos
for victims of abuse in the Orthodox Church

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Editor’s Note: The letter from the parents of the victim of Fr. Koveos was also sent to, and published by, Orthodox News.