Metropolitan Jonah’s ouster was apparently over an alleged rape cover-up.
I have on two occasions had the opportunity to speak with Metropolitan Jonah, and on both occasions the impression I was left with was of a very humble man who was seeking holiness of life and sincerely trying to fulfill the ministry that he had been given to the best of his ability. Despite my bad experience with the OCA I had thought that his election as Metropolitan was some reason for hope. The discovery of the reasons for +Jonah’s ouster as Metropolitan more than two weeks ago has caused me to wonder whether or not my hope may have been misplaced. Perhaps, in this instance, the Holy Synod made the right decision.
What is most shocking to me is the assertion that the victim and relatives were pressured to not pursue justice, and told that ,”their salvation depended on their silence.”
If anyone could offer me a reason to not believe this to be true, I would welcome it.
You can read the Huffington Post story here.