Mortal Sins

Archbishop Trifa agrees to go

In the end, the archbishop simply threw in the towel. Since 1975, Valerian Trifa, head of the 35,000-member Rumanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, has faced Justice Department charges that during World War II he led an anti-Semitic group in Rumania and incited riots that led to the deaths of hundreds of Christians and Jews. In 1980, the archbishop gave up his U.S. citizenship, acquired in 1957, rather than face trial on the allegations. Last week in Detroit, in the midst of a deportation trial that was to air the charges, the prelate abruptly agreed to leave the...

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