In its quest to find something — anything — in their obsessive quest to destroy His Beatitude, operatives in Syosset found an old rape allegation, not against Jonah mind you, but against a priest who happened to be living in Washington. This priest was never in the OCA. They wrote an inept and irresponsible letter with the false charge that Jonah covered up the alleged rape. The letter calls into question their veracity, intentions, and intelligence. They have thrown the OCA into a crisis of the highest order and show no signs of stopping.
Even worse, they never considered that in their Ahab-like quest to destroy His Beatitude, they would hurt another human being.
Yesterday I published a letter form this woman’s godmother, who wished to set the record straight. I applaud her courage. The family of the victim took umbrage at Syosset’s scurrilous claim and determined that the victim’s experience would not be used to destroy another innocent person. The record has been clarified and Syosset’s story is demolished.
The facts are now in circulation. No more needs to be said about this incident. In order to protect the people involved, all comments that mention this incident will be removed. They have suffered enough.
At this point, the broader, more troubling question is this: what new and scurrilous accusations will these same operatives bring forward in order to further blacken the name of our Metropolitan? When will they realize that enough is enough?