Orthodox body seeks new leader in wake of financial scandal

Misconduct at the highest levels
Reeling from an internal investigation that revealed financial misconduct at its highest levels, the Orthodox Church in America has vowed to work on “building a culture within the church which fosters communication, transparency and personal responsibility.”

The church’s top official, Metropolitan Herman, retired September 4, a day after a special investigative commission recommended “discipline” against him, former metropolitan Theodosius, former chancellor Robert S. Kondratick, two former treasurers and a former comptroller.

The 32-page report confirmed accusations that church leaders had either personally “squandered” millions of dollars or participated in covering up the diversion of the funds for personal expenses and to cover shortfalls.


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