Orthodoxy in Dialogue defies court order to remove defamatory articles about Fr. Josiah Trenham

Toronto, California, August 2, 2022

Photo: risu.ua Photo: risu.ua Peter “Giacomo” Sanfilippo, a defrocked former priest and editor of the pro-LGBT site Orthodoxy in Dialogue (OiD), has defied a California judge’s order to remove a number of malicious and defamatory articles from his site.

In May, Judge John Holcomb of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, ordered Sanfilippo to pay Fr. Josiah Trenham $300,000 “for publishing false, malicious, and defamatory statements and accusations concerning the priest and his ministry, and for harassing the Trenhams.”

Fr. Josiah of St. Andrew Orthodox Church (Antiochian Archdiocese) in Riverside, California, known for his outspoken defense of the Orthodox Church’s views on marriage and abortion, brought the case against Sanfilippo in July 2021, based on more than a dozen articles on the OiD site.

The judge also ordered Sanfilippo to delete and cease to share a number of articles. In particular, he was given 14 days from the date of the court order, May 23, to remove the most malicious article, which includes doctored video accusing Fr. Josiah of physically and sexually abusing his own children.

As of publication of this article on August 2, 2022, the article remains on the OiD site.

Sanfilippo was also given 21 days to remove another 18 articles, all of which remain on the OiD site as of August 2, 2022.

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GShepp8/2/2022 10:41 pm
He may be working on the next season of Game of Thorns.
Alex8/2/2022 8:38 pm
Does this surprise anyone? Not sure, but doesn't this guy operate out of Canada? (At least that's what I've heard.) I'm no lawyer, but kind of hard to enforce a court order in another country. Let's just start praying harder for this clown, and his minions.
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