May 19, 2005

Greek Orthodox priest defrocked following sex abuse allegations

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Associated Press

HOUSTON - A Greek Orthodox priest who is also a retired Houston school district official has been defrocked after an investigation of alleged sex abuse in Ohio in the 1970s.

Gabriel Barrow was suspended last year from priestly duties at St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Webster, a Houston suburb, after the claims surfaced.

Now, the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey has ordered Barrow permanently removed from the priesthood, said Nikki Stephanopoulos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2005 08:15 AM