An Ohio priest was suspended by the Orthodox Church after he attended the rally that led to the insurrection at the US Capitol
- An Orthodox priest in
Ohiowas suspended after he attended the Trump rally the preceded the Capitol Hill riot.
- Rev. Mark Hodges was suspended from his priestly duties for three months by the Orthodox Church.
- Ex-President Trump spoke to his supporters near the White House before a group went on to storm the Capitol.
A priest of the Orthodox Church in the Midwest was suspended from "all priestly duties" for three months after he attended the January 6 pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC, that preceded the deadly riot at the US Capitol.
Rev. Mark Hodges, of Lima, Ohio, an archpriest associated with the to St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in the township in Ohio was suspended for a three-month period by the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the Midwest, according to a report from the Dayton Daily News.A January 14 statement on the website of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the Midwest confirmed that Hodges was suspended beginning January 12.
Following Trump's speech, a large group of people walked to the US Capitol building where lawmakers were meeting to discuss the December Electoral College vote that affirmed Biden's win. The mob stormed in, overpowering Capitol Police officers, sending lawmakers into a recess as they sought shelter in other locations in the building,Five people died as a result of the riots led by a pro-Trump mob. Hodges, who told the Dayton Daily News he did not go inside the building during the mob, was recently a "supply" priest, according to the report, meaning he worked at a variety of churches in Byesville, Cleveland, Olmsted Falls, and Toledo in Ohio, and had also worked at churches in
In a December post to Facebook, Hodges had called for others to travel to DC for the event, encouraging others to serve on what he called "the front lines in the Second American Revolution, where you fought to save the Republic," according to the report.
A growing number of people have been arrested and charged in connection with the violent insurrection. Others have similarly faced disciplinary action from their jobs for being associated with the rally.
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