Archimandrite Isidore Brittain

Aliases:
  • Stan Brittain
  • Stanley Brittain
Archimandrite Isidore Brittain
Archimandrite Isidore Brittain
Brittain arrest photo, April 2014
Brittain arrest photo, April 2014

Archimandrite Isidore Brittain was a priest in the Orthodox Church of America (OCA). He was defrocked on June 24, 2014. No reason was given for this action.

The priest-monk was serving at Saint Anne Church in Corvallis, Oregon, when he was arrested on April 17, 2014, for possession of child pornography. This parish belongs to the OCA’s Diocese of the West.

Brittain pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse on June 10, 2014. He was sentenced to prison, and he will have to register as a sex offender following his release. In addition, the archimandrite was found to be in violation of his probation stemming from a previous conviction for driving under the influence.

Previously, Brittain worked in the Diocese of Alaska. When Nikolai Soraich was the head of that diocese, the archimandrite served as his chancellor. While in that position, Brittain was accused of sexually assaulting Reader Paul Sidebottom. At the same time, the archimandrite accused Soraich, with whom he lived, of domestic abuse.

When Soraich was retired by the OCA’s synod of bishops, he moved to Australia. Brittain accompanied him, although he had not received permission from his new superior to do so. The priest-monk was suspended from the priesthood for this action.

The suspension was never lifted. However, Brittain served at the Corvallis parish with the knowledge of Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen and Archbishop Benjamin Peterson.