Editorial: Hits and Misses

Date Published: 12/24/2008

Church owes an apology

In October, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America reached an out-of-court settlement with five plaintiffs who accused longtime priest Nicholas Katinas of molesting them at Holy Trinity parish in Dallas. The church headquarters in New York sent an emissary to Dallas to confirm the allegations. Later, officials defrocked the priest. But this month, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, essentially Mr. Katinas’ supervisor, sent a letter to his diocese protesting the settlement and alleging that the plaintiffs concocted the allegations. That left Melanie Sakoda, a leader of an Orthodox group dedicated to speaking out against sex abuse, fuming: Church officials “can’t pay millions to avoid an embarrassing public trial which will expose their complicity in child sex crimes, yet afterwards pretend the victims are lying.” She’s right.