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      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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