Petition of Interest

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 05/15/2018
Publication: was recently made aware of a petition calling for the replacement or transfer of Metropolitan Methodios Tournas and his chancellor, Father Ted Barbas. The two men are church officials in the Metropolis of Boston, a diocese of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The petition can be found here.

One of the bullet items in the petition is the case of Father Adam Metropoulos. The priest was convicted of sexually abusing a teen aged boy from his parish in 2015.

Metropoulos attended seminary, was ordained by Tounas, served in a parish in Maine under Tournas for 13 years, and worked at the diocesan summer camp despite a 1983 conviction in Michigan for child sexual abuse. Barbas, as the chancellor of the Metropolis, also had responsibility for supervising the priest.