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Troubles mount for Russian Orthodox- priest resigns

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    http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=8132498 Troubles mount for Russian Orthodox by Angela Blanchard Monday, April 7, 2008 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Turmoil
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      Troubles mount for Russian Orthodox

      by Angela Blanchard
      Monday, April 7, 2008

      ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Turmoil continues to brew in the Russian
      Orthodox Church in Alaska and another rural priest has decided to step down.

      The Rev. Michael Trefon of Naknek resigned his role as rector of St.
      Ana church in late March, according to members of the priest's family.

      They say Trefon stepped down due to controversy involving Bishop
      Nikolai, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska.

      National church leaders ordered the bishop to leave Alaska last month
      over allegations he verbally and emotionally abused clergy and laity.

      The bishop was then reinstated after a meeting with national church
      leaders in late March.

      Father Daniel Andrejuk of Anchorage says many priests encouraged
      Trefon to remain in Naknek but the church's turmoil had apparently
      taken its toll.

      Trefon has declined to comment on his resignation.

      National church leaders are holding an emergency meeting next week to
      address what they call a "crisis" in the Alaska diocese.
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