Storheim not defrocked — yet

Author: Staff
Date Published: 03/21/2015
Orthodox archbishop Seraphim Storheim.
Orthodox archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

Former Archbishop Kenneth (Seraphim) Storheim escaped being defrocked at the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church spring session.

Storheim was found guilty of one count of sexually molesting a young boy, but cleared of a charge of molesting his twin brother, in incidents that happened nearly 30 years ago and sentenced to eight months in jail on Jan. 24, 2014

“In closed session, the Holy Synod reviewed a number of clergy cases, including that of Archbishop Seraphim,” said a Synod of Bishops spring session report. “Having thoroughly reviewed the report of the Synodal Commission in this regard, procedures and a date for the convening a spiritual court were reviewed, with a committee of three Bishops appointed to develop appropriate procedures.”

Last month, Storheim lost an appeal of his conviction and sentence.