Orthodox bishop refuses to yield

Author: Alex Demarban
Date Published: 03/12/2008

Bishop Nikolai Soraich, head of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska, said in a press conference today he won’t leave the diocese until he’s deposed.

National church leaders have ordered him take a mandatory leave of absence and to leave Alaska while the church conducts an investigation stemming from claims by Alaska priests and parishioners that he’s intimidated and insulted them.

He held a press conference in Anchorage on March 12.

Before taking questions, Bishop Soraich read an opening statement. After the questions ended, he read a closing statement. Those statements are also on this Web site’s home page under the headline, “Bishop sees