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Priest Alleged to Have Breached the Seal of Confession Receives Clergy Award

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  • Melanie Jula Sakoda
    Title: Priest Alleged to Have Breached the Seal of Confession Receives Clergy Award Date Published: 6/6/2008 Publication: Pokrov Links:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 6, 2008
      Title: Priest Alleged to Have Breached the Seal of Confession
      Receives Clergy Award

      Date Published: 6/6/2008

      Publication: Pokrov

      Links:

      http://pokrov.org/display.asp?ds=Article&id=704

      http://ocaphoto.oca.org/PhotoViewer.asp?EID=1592&IID=24453&PEID=

      Text: According to the website of the Orthodox Church in America,
      Met. Herman Swaiko bestowed a clergy award on Archpriest Raymond
      Velencia on May 10, 2008, during the consecration of St. Matthew
      Church in Columbia, Maryland. The exact nature of the award, as well
      as why it was given to the priest, was not disclosed.

      Fr. Raymond has been sued by Kristine Patico Koumentakos and her
      husband, Nicholas Koumentakos. The Koumentakoses allege in their
      complaint that the priest revealed information obtained from Mrs.
      Koumentakos in confession and during private counseling sessions.
      Specifically, the suit accuses Fr. Raymond of sending an email (along
      with an attached letter) to thirty-nine individuals, among them Mark
      Stokoe, the editor of Orthodox Christians for Accountability, on or
      about November 1, 2007. A complete copy of the complaint is linked
      above.
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