Suspension of Bishop Matthias Moriak Lifted

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 06/03/2017
Bishop Matthias Moriak
Bishop Matthias Moriak

According to the May, 2017, Pastoral Changes for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), the suspension of Bishop Matthias Moriak was lifted effective March 1, 2017.

Moriak was suspended in his retirement on October 11, 2016. This was approximately a year after the retired bishop sued the OCA for violating the terms of his retirement and an employment agreement. His lawsuit alleged that Moriak’s removal from a parish assignment in response to complaints from SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, violated his agreements with the Church. The lawsuit was settled was settled in March of 2017.

SNAP had objected to Moriak being placed in an OCA parish belonging to the Romanian Episcopate after an internal investigation by the OCA that had determined that the bishop had committed sexual misconduct.