Lawsuit headed for settlement in child abuse case by Orthodox priest Katinas

A lawsuit alleging child sex abuse by Nicholas Katinas, former priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in North Dallas, is going toward settlement. A spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America confirmed the settlement agreement, which now must be approved by Dallas County District Judge Karen Johnson. Sources close to the Orthodox Archdiocese have estimated the cost of the settlement in million dollars although the cost has not been officially announced.

Former Greek Orthodox Priest Nicholas Katinas was “engaged in serious moral transgressions” during his time in Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in North DallasMr. Katinas, 74, retired in 2006, and soon was suspended by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and later defrocked, meaning he can’t be buried as a priest.

The lawsuit was filed early last year by Ms. Merritt. It began with two plaintiffs and then, grew to five. In the suit are include descriptions of alleged abuse by Mr. Katinas in the early 1980s, and some of it occured at the church.

Nicholas Katinas did not appear in the recent preliminary hearing. He, now, lives in Greece with his family. One of his sons is a Greek Orthodox Priest there.