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GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021 Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212)
Web: http://www.goarch.org Email: email@example.com
For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2002
Contact: Nikki Stephanopoulos
GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE PUBLISHES
POLICY ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BY CLERGY
New York, NY - The problem of sexual misconduct by clergy has been
much in the news in recent months, and has been shown to have devastating
consequences, not only for the individuals involved, but for their
communities as well. In order to make clear the extreme seriousness with
which the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America regards this matter, and
also to promote healing for the victims of misconduct, the Holy Eparchial
Synod of the Archdiocese put into effect in the year 2000 a national policy
on the investigation and resolution of complaints of sexual misconduct by
clergy. At this time, the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese would
like to reaffirm its position and provide the faithful with a greater
understanding of the existing policy.
The most recently updated version of this policy includes a carefully
planned procedure designed to ensure that allegations of sexual misconduct
by clergy are taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and adjudicated
justly. Responsibility for administering the process is assigned to the
Chancellor of the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese will also cooperate with
applicable civil authorities in investigating these issues, particularly if
the charge involves a minor.
To assist in the investigation process, a telephone hotline - (877)
554-3382** - has been established to answer questions regarding the policy
and to accept complaints relating to sexual misconduct by clergy. All
calls with questions or complaints will be taken seriously and allegations
will be investigated fully and impartially. Callers can ask to speak with
a male or female volunteer in either Greek or English. Calls may also be
made directly to the Archdiocesan Chancellor's Office, (212) 570-3513.
Persons staffing the hotline are all lay volunteers and come from a
variety of backgrounds including psychology, social work and human
resources. Hotline staffers attempt to return calls as quickly as
possible, and generally within 48 hours.
The Church's policy on misconduct was developed by working groups that
included hierarchs, clergy, lay leaders, lawyers and clinical and academic
experts. The chancellors of the dioceses, who play an important role in
all matters affecting the clergy, were key participants. The group also
reviewed policies developed by other religious denominations.
The full text of the policy is available on the Archdiocesan Web Site
(www.goarch.org), and upon request from the Chancellor's Office. Copies
have also been mailed to each priest and parish council within the
Archdiocese. The telephone hotline (877) 554-3382** will be ready to
receive calls beginning June 17, 2002.
** Correction: Please be advised that the Hotline number published in
the May 2002 issue of the Orthodox Observer is incorrect.
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