News from the Orthodox Church in America

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 04/01/2016

Minutes and reports from the Spring, 2016, Metropolitan Council Meeting were posted on the website of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) on March 21, 2016.

The report from the Legal Committee contained an update on the lawsuit filed by Bishop Matthias Moriak against Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard and Archbishop Nathaniel Popp. The report said,

In the case of Moriak v. Mollard and Popp, separate Motions to Dismiss, along with supporting briefs, were filed on behalf of Metropolitan Tikhon and Archbishop Nathaniel in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL on November 13, 2015. In an order dated January 19, 2016, Judge Eileen O’Neill Burke of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Illinois County Department, Law Division, denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss Counts I-IV of Bishop Matthias’ complaint, further ordering that the defendants are to answer the plaintiff’s complaint no later than March 1, 2016. The case has been put on a status calendar before the court for March 2, 2016. Counsel representing the Metropolitan and Archbishop Nathaniel is now preparing an appeal from this order. The parties to this action continue to exchange views on the possible amicable resolution of this dispute.
The information about the lawsuit can be found on page 11 of this document on the OCA’s website. The entire Legal Committee Report is also linked above.
The Department of Continuing Education’s reported that,
Three years after the creation and introduction of the Department’s required, five-hour course on clergy Sexual Misconduct, some dioceses have never offered the course to their clergy. In the dioceses that have offered the course, some clergy have been unable to attend. The Department has redesigned this course for online access. In 2016 the course may be taken at the Department’s online education platform. As part of the online program rollout, clergy in each diocese will receive notification that they have not completed this requirement. They will be directed to the platform, where they will be able to enroll in, pay for, and participate in, the course.
This update is on page 19 at this link, and the entire report from the Department of Continuing Education is also linked above.