Priest Alleged to Have Breached the Seal of Confession Receives Clergy Award
- Title: Priest Alleged to Have Breached the Seal of Confession
Receives Clergy Award
Date Published: 6/6/2008
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