The presiding archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America has been dismissed for failing to remove from his post a priest who has been accused of raping a woman and arrested in relation to other alleged crimes.
“Metropolitan Jonah has repeatedly refused to act with prudence, in concert with his fellow bishops, in accordance with the Holy Synod’s policies,” the Orthodox Church in America said in a statement.
Metropolitan Jonah, 52, stepped down on Saturday from his position as archbishop of the 85,000-member church, which covers both the United States and Canada. He had served the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which comprises half the state, and about 2,000 members in the Philadelphia area.
“In light of the recent widely publicized criminal cases involving sexual abuse at Penn State and in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Kansas City Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, the extent of the risk of liability to which Metropolitan Jonah has exposed the church cannot be overstated,” the statement added.