Antiochian Archdiocese of North America Reported To Be Paying Salary of Bishop Demetri Khoury
On April 10, 2009, Orthodox Christians for Accountability (OCANews) ran an article relating to current issues in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AA). The piece touched on the case of Bishop Demetri Matta Khoury, who was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2004.
In the article, Mark Stokoe wrote that it is reported that the AA is again paying Khoury’s salary, albeit indirectly. The archdiocese is said to have made a gift to the Antiochian Archdiocese of Mexico which matches the amount of Khoury’s salary. The applicable section of the OCANews piece is pasted below.
“The letter, with its open disdain for Bishop Mark and assertions of “decline in the past four and half years” would appear to add substance to the allegation, first made by the pseudonymous ‘Abdallah Khouri’, that one of the goals of the attempted degrading of the dioceses and demotion of the Bishops was to remove Bishop Mark from the Midwest. This is a necessary first step, as ‘Khouri’ asserted, towards allowing the former Bishop, Demetri (Khoury), to return. (Read that story here.) Bishop Demetri was removed from the Toledo Diocese and retired from the Archdiocese in disgrace after being arrested and convicted of sexual imposition in 2005 (Read that story here). It has since been revealed that +Demetri is no longer retired,as was commonly believed, but has been restored to active ministry as an auxiliary bishop in Mexico. (Read that story here.) The Archdiocese is also reportedly paying his salary again, through a recent gift to the Diocese of Mexico that coincidently matches the new Mexican auxiliary’s salary.”