Father Nicholas Katinas

Father Nicholas Katinas was a clergyman in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA). He was a married priest with children and grandchildren. Katinas served at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (HTGOC) in Texas for 28 years until his retirement on July 1, 2006. HTGOC is part of the Metropolis of Denver.  Prior to that the priest served at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Assumption belongs to the Metropolis of Chicago.

Four days after his retirement, Katinas was suspended from the priesthood after an investigation of allegations of serious misconduct involving minors. He was returned to the status of a layman on July 10, 2007, for child sexual abuse. Katinas has been accused of sexual abuse by seven men who were minors at the time of the assaults.

Five of these seven men, who were all abused in Dallas, filed a lawsuit against the former priest, HTGOC, the Metropolis of Denver, and the GOA. An agreement to settle this lawsuit was announced by the archdiocese on October 30, 2008. Katinas himself was not released from liability by this agreement.

A second lawsuit was filed on behalf of a sixth man in Chicago in September of 2008.

Katinas died on June 1, 2009.

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