Priest accused of sex abuse is sued
By Stanley Ziemba
Tribune staff reporter
May 1, 2007
A Greek Orthodox priest who was pastor of a
church in Olympia Fields in the late 1960s and
early '70s is being sued by two men who allege
that he sexually abused them as youths when he
served a Dallas church nearly 30 years ago.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Texas' Dallas County
Circuit Court, comes two months after the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese announced that Rev. Nicholas
Katinas, 72, had been suspended over allegations
he sexually abused an Illinois minor in the early
1970s while pastor of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.
The lawsuit alleges that Katinas sexually
molested the Dallas men in 1981 or '82 when both
were teenage altar boys at Holy Trinity Greek
Orthodox Church in Dallas where Katinas was assigned as pastor in 1978.
The plaintiffs, identified only as John Doe I and
John Doe II, also accuse the Greek Orthodox
Metropolis of Denver, which oversees Holy
Trinity, and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America of knowing about and covering up Katinas'
"dangerous sexual propensities" for several years.
"There is no evidence that law enforcement
officials in Illinois or Texas were ever notified
of Katinas' sex crimes against children as
required by these states' reporting laws," the
plaintiffs' Dallas-based attorney, Tahira Khan Merritt, states in the suit.
The Greek Orthodox hierarchy waited almost seven
months after Katinas announced his "retirement"
as pastor of Holy Trinity Church before publicly
admitting that he had been suspended, Merritt added.
Efforts to reach Katinas and church officials for comment were unsuccessful.
The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages,
claiming the men suffer emotional problems as a result of the alleged abuse.
The Olympia Fields accuser is not a party to the
suit, but is included to show that Katinas has a
history of sexual abuse, the suit alleges.
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