Former Orthodox Official Defrocked

Author: Staff
Date Published: 09/01/2007

A former chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, who has been accused of longtime financial wrongdoing, has been ousted from the priesthood.

The verdict by an OCA spiritual court against Robert Kondratick took effect July 31. Kondratick has said he’s innocent. He held the second-highest job in the denomination.

Financial controls in the church had been “circumvented” at least since 1998, according to church leaders, and auditors uncovered a “pattern of personal use of church money” for years. No dollar amount has been given.

The issue became public last year after a former OCA treasurer alleged widespread financial misconduct involving millions of dollars.