GOA: Celebration Marred by Arrest of Pastor Seeking to Hurt Children

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GOA: Celebration Marred by Arrest of Pastor Seeking to Hurt Children

Apologies when the pastor gets caught in a sting always irritate me. Are the apologies because they considered who they hurt? Or because they got caught?

Via the Columbus Dispatch:

Members of Columbus’ Greek Orthodox Church are forging ahead this weekend with a 100th-anniversary celebration and the welcoming of a new dean while coping with a presiding priest’s confession to attempted rape of a child.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, on the edge of the Short North, will play host to the top church official in the U.S. — Archbishop Demetrios — and the top regional official — Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh — for the events.

The Rev. Patrick N. Hughes, interim dean of the church, was arrested last week after Franklin County deputy sheriffs said he used the Internet to solicit boys for sex. He pleaded guilty yesterday and was sentenced to six years in prison.

“The plans are going on as originally scheduled, but the difference will be in the spirit of it, obviously less celebratory and one of coming together in healing,” said Bishop Andonios, chancellor of the Archdiocese of America.

  • FrFinbar2009

    There is joy in heaven over one that repents…and likely smirking in hell over one that falls. It is no joy to consider that getting caught is likely only the tail end of a career of perversion of self and hurt to victims. A lose – lose situation for all! Getting caught might be an opportunity to salvage the perpetrator…if a change of mind and heart can be begun (metanoia). It also serves as a timely reminder to all of us adults: Ever keep in mind who you are and what are your responsibilities toward children…and the weak…and the poor…and the uneducated… and the wrongly educated…and the strangers in the land.