To get back to the question of the topic, many, myself included, believe the Church should resolve its problems, if that's the right term, within its own mechanisms; not referring the Church's problems to the secular authorities. The Church's failure to have done so, at a very minimum, could have jeopardized its non-profit tax status.
I don't think that could possibly be true. No offense, but the United States would be completely insane if that were true. If you were a bishop, and one of your priests and his parish council president were having an argument about something pertaining to the church, and suddenly the priest pulled out a shotgun in the middle of coffee hour and blew away the parish council president, I'm willing to bet that the very first thing you would do would not be confer the synod and depose the priest. You'd disarm him and call the police. Would the police come and say, "Oh, we can't do anything, this is a religious matter since it happened at church between a clergyman and a parish officer!"?
White-collar crimes might not be taken as seriously, but it's a misconception that they are somehow less serious than violent crimes, since even crimes like embezzlement cause harm to others and indicate a severely anti-social attitude.
Also, many of those involved---who were in control, such as Metropolitan Herman, have devoted themselves to containing the investigation, to keep much, which has still has only been alluded to, under wraps. The report does note that the FBI has an agent assigned to this matter. My experience is that the secular authorities are intimidated by church related matters and would just assume have them handle them themselves. Many faithful disagree with this opinion. I think the report is the first bit of formal honesty by the OCA's Central Administration. Many hurdles remain as to whether they can truly take the actions necessary to re-establish the trust of the faithful in the Central Administration. Much more remains to be accomplished. It is not yet known, if criminal prosecutions will ensue, in any event, now that the report can serve as a road map to 20 years of administrative abuse.
Metropolitan Herman may have his flaws, but it's not like he could have kept a lid on this forever, and I'd imagine out of the 30,000 - 1 million (depending on who you talk to!) people in the OCA, at least some would have connections with law enforcement and could easily have reported this themselves. I didn't know about the FBI agent or that the SIC had recommended reporting the situation to the Nassau County DA's office, so I posted this thread, wondering if there was some problem pertaining to how the case had to be proved in order to answer the question of why Robert Kondratick isn't behind bars.
I have to say that I find it patently ridiculous that anyone would say that this is none of the secular authorities' business, though. I find it ridiculous that some would say it shouldn't be reported, and if the secular authorities are hesitant to interfere in this matter in particular just because the OCA is a religious organization, I think that's ridiculous too. This is not an ecclesiastical crime like marrying another man or messing around with female parishioners that the civil authorities couldn't care less about. This is something that falls under the jurisdiction of the civil authorities, too, and I hope I see them heavily involved from here on.
If a penalty is really what you want, I would think the ecclesiastical penalties of deposition from the priesthood and [possible] excommunication much worse, since these penalties will have an impact reaching into eternity. The civil penalty that you seek would only penalize Fr. Kondratick for a short period of time. Let's pray, though, that Fr. Kondratick repents and finds restoration in Christ, for I think this better than meditating on ways that we can punish the man. There's a very fine line between man's desire for justice and man's desire for vengeance.
I'm well aware that defrocking and excommunication are far more severe penalties than anything the civil authorities could do, thank you very much. I'm not interested in discussing those with respect to Robert Kondratick because, frankly, it's none of my business, and also, I do earnestly desire his salvation no matter what becomes of him, and don't relish the thought of what this has done to his soul. What I HAVE been worried about, is what appeared to be a lack of concern on the part of the civil authorities regarding a crime he committed, and among the OCA administration regarding the civil authorities' part in the matter.
I see now that this is not the case.
If that still bothers you, think of it this way - it's hard for a rich man to get into heaven - much more so for one who got his wealth by stealing from the mouths of widows and orphans - and perhaps a stern civil punishment would be exactly what Kondratick needs to be saved. Civil authorities have a place in the lives of Christians, too, and that place is God-given.