Regarding "more than just a personal visit": I believe it just so happened Fr. Larry (who has been ordained for many years) is starting to serve at All Saints on the weekend of their parish feast. A priest is assigned to parish, there's no liturgical "installation" by a bishop, correct? Perhaps a Victoria parishioner could comment.
THE case of an Orthodox archbishop facing sex-crime charges in Manitoba is headed back to court for a preliminary inquiry later this fall.
Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was the highest-ranking Canadian cleric in the Orthodox Church of America until church officials suspended him in November 2010.
Winnipeg police laid charges following the church's suspension.
The preliminary inquiry is scheduled for two days in mid-November, Storheim's lawyer, Jeff Gindin, said Friday.
The charges against Storheim came after a lengthy police investigation into allegations the former Winnipeg cleric sexually abused two teenage boys 30 years ago.
A Chicago-based advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse that is monitoring the case said in an email Friday the archbishop may be violating his bail conditions -- to avoid contact with minors -- by visiting a church this weekend in Victoria, B.C.
Not likely, according to his lawyer.
Gindin said his client is restricted to two addresses, one in Edmonton and another in Ottawa. One is his home and the other is his sister's house.
Even to visit his sister, the cleric must submit dates of the trip through his lawyer before the court approves the travel.
"He's got certain bail conditions, and as far as I know, he's abiding by every one of them," Gindin said.
Vladika Seraphim has visited a number of the parishes in Canada, and at the invitation of the parishes. It appears that the court has given leave for him to be in the churches. Vladika Seraphim also visited Holy Resurrection Sobor in Vancouver, and the Sobor in Saskatoon. He is, indeed often present in the National Cathedral in Ottawa. Canadians will pass a judgment about Vladika Seraphim before the decision of the Civil court. Moreover, Vladika Seraphim is deeply loved by the faithful in Canada, and they are reticent to leap on any media bandwagons and take it for granted that he is guilty unless proved so beyond any reasonable doubt in a court of law. Canadians are less affected by media-ism than Americans are, and we really do respect the Constitutional "presumption of innocence unless proved guilty beyond any reasonable doubt." This "proved" has not yet occurred, so the parishes that invite the beloved Vladika to visit are joyous when he visits. That will not be pleasing to all, but that is the reality.
Archbishop Lazar Puhalo
Everyone should also know that this visit - which was a possibility for last weekend - did not actually happen. Vladika Seraphim did not attend the events in Victoria.
(Editor's note: You are either ignorant, misinformed or attempting to disinform the public. The Bishop was present for Vespers that weekend, and attended a parish potluck according to witnesses present at the event. Shame on you.)
Oh... I stand corrected. I see that this event was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23rd. Vladika Seraphim was back in Edmonton for the weekend services, so I misunderstood.
(Editor's note: Thanks for clarifying your mistake. We all make them.
Although, groan, the Archbishop seems to be attending services, even though not serving, across Canada - from Ottawa to Victoria and everywhere inbetween. What do his bail conditions, or suspension, really mean then?