Western American Diocese Issues Press Release

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 10/16/2016
Publication: Pokrov.org

The Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America has issued a press release regarding the arrest of Father Daniel James Mackay. The statement was published on the website of Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church. A copy of the press release is linked above.

The statement says that Mackay has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the priesthood as of October 12, 2016. The press release goes on to say that while the clergyman is presumed innocent, the diocese takes allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, and will cooperate with the civil authorities. Further, the statement urges anyone who has been victimized by members of the diocesan clergy, or by church employees or volunteers, to call the police and then report to the diocesan ombudsman at 415-930-9069.