UPDATE: A different version of the Western American Diocese’s press release on Eugene priest
Pokrov.org received an email with a link to a press release on the website of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America on the charges pending against Father Daniel James Mackay. The priest worked at Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon, until his arrest on October 12th.
The press release on the diocesan website was different from the one appearing on the website of the Eugene parish, which was published on our site earlier, in one important respect.
The statement on the diocesan website said that “While the criminal proceedings are pending and until the conclusion of ecclesiastical proceedings, Father Daniel will be suspended from all pastoral duties to which he was assigned.”
The release on the parish website said only, “While the charges are pending, Father Daniel who was the parish priest at St. John the Wonderworker Serbian Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon, has since October 12, 2016, voluntarily taken leave from all priestly ministry duties to which he was assigned.”
Our page on Mackay now includes copies of both statements, with the origins clarified.