OCA Apologizes to Koumentakos, Admits Errors
The long nightmare of Kristi Koumentakos took a major step towards resolution when the OCA, in the person of Metropolitan Jonah, published a formal statement (read “apology”) on Friday, March 5th on the OCA website. The case involved a Maryland woman, details of whose confessions and counseling sessions were inappropriately made public by her former OCA priest in 2007, while the two were in the midst of a legal wrangle over her discharge from a church-related ministry a year earlier. (Read that story here.) Ms. Koumentakos eventually ended up suing the OCA, the former diocese of Washington & New York and her former parish priest, Fr. Ray Velencia, for $6 million. That suit was dismissed in late 2009 on First Amendment grounds – except for the two employment issues, which are still awaiting settlement.
The OCA statement reads:
“After discussions that took place at the joint session of the Lesser Synod of Bishops and Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America at the Chancery here during the first week of March 2010, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah issued the following statement.