The criminal indictment for possession of child pornography against Father Stephen Burke of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America was dismissed on March 23, 2012. It is unclear why the case was dismissed. Burke has apparently been on a leave of absence from the AA’s Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America since January, 2010.
The Greek press reported that Metropolitan Paisios Loulourgas, former abbot of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou Monastery in Astoria, New York, and the monastery’s former second in command, Bishop Vikentios Malamatenios, were defrocked by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on March 27, 2012. Loulourgas attended the spiritual court, while Malamatenios refused to leave the United States. Both remain simple monks.