Rymer Case Settled

Date Published: 06/10/2008
Publication: Pokrov

Subject to court approval, the lawsuit against the former Archimandrite Michael Rymer and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco has been settled. The complaint in this case had alleged that Fr. Michael sexually abused a mentally incompetent man.

Since the plaintiff in this case is an adult with a disability, any compromise of the claim must be reviewed by a judge. A hearing for this purpose has been scheduled for August 5, 2008.

Fr. Michael was defrocked at the request of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on December 11, 2006. According to court documents filed on January 16, 2007, he resides at the St. John of Shanghai Monastery in Manton, California. This monastery belongs to the Orthodox Church in America, and its abbot is Archimandrite Jonah Paffhausen.