The Forces Behind +Jonah
If the scores of emails obtained by OCANews confirmed that Fr. Fester
and Metropolitan Jonah are behind the campaign of disinformation and
propaganda at OCATruth.com, they reveal other presences behind Fr.
Fester, directly influencing the Metropolitan's words and deeds to
Yesterday OCANews published evidence that the confidential Sexual
Misconduct Panel Advisory Committee (SMPAC) Report had been given to
OCATruth.com blogger Rod Dreher. Dreher has subsequently confirmed the
breach -although he denies the Report was given to him by his
handler, Fr. Fester, but rather by an "anonymous source". He
could be telling the truth. Emails now confirm it was also given to one
of the subjects of that SMPAC Report - the former Bishop of Alaska,
According to the email record, a copy of the 9 page confidential SMPAC
Report was faxed from Dallas to +Nikolai. How could this happen?
The SMPAC Report was initially given to the Synod of Bishops on
February 12, 2011. +Jonah received his copy in Dallas, where he was
hosting Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfayev). +Jonah immediately flew back to
Syosset where he dismissed Chancellor Alexander Garklavs for his
participation in the writing of the Report the next day - even though
Fr. Garklavs had been appointed to the SMPAC Committee by +Jonah
himself. Fr. Fester, however, remained in Dallas until the end of the
month, when he left to assume his new position as the Dean of St.
Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC.
+Nikolai, confused by the Report's fax header, begins an exchange with
Fr. Fester on February 19th:
" What is 214- xxx- xxxx?
I am on this report and there are some very serious issues here."
"I think it is the Kinko fax number"
There is a Kinko's less than a half mile down the street from St.
Of A Common Mind
How is it that the Dean of the +Jonah's Cathedrals (first in Dallas
and now in DC) appears to be faxing +Jonah's confidential Report to
a disgraced former bishop mentioned in the Report, one who was suing
the OCA for $11 million less than two years ago? Indeed, +Jonah and
+Nikolai have had a long and difficult relationship, stemming from
the time when both served under +Tikhon of the West. +Jonah was the
abbot of a small monastery at Point Reyes, CA (now located in Manton,
CA) and +Nikolai was Tikhon's Chancellor. By all reports, +Nikolai
was cruel to +Jonah, for whom he had scant regard. It was Fester who
would bring the two together, and for a specfic reason: both +Jonah and
+Nikolai wanted revenge on Bishop Benjamin. Thus Fester writes to
+Nikolai on February 10th:
"I want the two of you to be reconciled. I told him it is for the
sake of his salvation. I think he is willing, but he has got to deal
with his relationship with BB, which he is. He doesn't even feel
good about going back to Manton because BB is so jealous. It is just
sick and stupid."
+Nikolai's lingering antipathy to +Jonah is clear, but the reference to
Bishop Benjamin gets a reponse:
"I am very disappointed in MJ. When he was diagnosed with that
cancer in his mouth (I) had to order priests to go for the anointing.
I protected him time and again when he was at Pt. Reyes and now he acts
like this. Honestly I could be is best and strongest supporter.
Never did I have eyes on being metropolitan, never was very much at
peace being in Alaska and making something out of nothing.
You are right about BB out here he is mainly despised and feared and out
of control everywhere.
Love and blessings
The Right Reverend Bishop NIKOLAI"
Fester replies with a single word: "yep".
In their common dislike of Bishop Benjamin, Fester and +Nikolai
appear had found the means to overcome +Jonah's past antipathy to
the disgraced, retired Bishop. What prompted this meeting of the minds
was the appearance of two letters of complaint against Bishop
Benjamin, allegedly written by +Nikolai to the Synod, on an infamous
website in early February. Fester recognized a potential ally:
Well, it appears that this very sad person xxxx has posted letters you
wrote to BB (Bishop Benjamin) and MJ (Metropolitan Jonah). The official
line is, this is old news. Nothing was done then and apparently nothing
will be done now, except I hear that MJ has asked a priest to
investigate things more. I pray that BB will come to his senses and do
the right thing and come clean on his unhealthy life.
Fr Bob ( The former Chancellor, Robert Kondratick) says that your
health reports are great that you are in remission. Praise God. May it
be so for many years....
Asking your continued prayers, as you are in mine,
Yes I heard about the DC move and pray it is good for you. I know it
will be for the church.
Father Gregory Jensen is the priest (conducting the investigation into
Bishop Benjamin) and sent me two links on that site. I have never been
on it before and wasn't yesterday either, only read the two
postings. What horrible stuff!
Poor BB is a mess but still has a chance to make things right unlike Job
and that Canadian angel..."
+Nikolai then admits the two letters posted were indeed from him. He
"You know when I wrote those letters no one ever asked if I had
written them. The Pokrov girls were saying it couldn't be as the
signature was the same but no one asked and the HS (Holy Synod)
them as from someone who was `angry'. You know all those years
I kept everything from HS meetings to myself, never posted a thing and
in the last couple years there were several trying to bait me but I
kept above that as you read in my letter.
It is never too late to change as long as there is breath but I am not
so optimistic. The Metropolitan
has his own detractors among those men and he needs support not
distraction from within but you
know all of this better than I do. As much as I am despised by some I
always did what was right.
May God have mercy. I should have been sent to the DOS.
Love and blessings,
Fr. Fester agrees:
I also know who I am despised by, and considering who they are, I know
that I have made the right choices.
Yes, the South would have been a good choice. Down here, the bishop is
respected. Bishop Mark (former of AOCA) came here with a small chip on
his shoulder given the way he was treated by Met. Philip (we are not
alone with how bishops are treated). I have been encouraging him that
he does not have to "prove" he is the bishop. Folks down here
know he is and just want to be lead in a Godly manner.
I am encouraging MJ to reach out to you. I spoke with him the other day
and was kinda brutal (sic) with him saying that if you act like BB
towards BN then you are no better than him and you are better than him
but your actions have to show this. BB will never get it but MJ can.
Jensen can expose BB. It may mean you have to bring official charges,
but BB must answer for his misdeeds....
Later that same afternoon a frustrated +Nikolai writes:
"I have this as HB's ( His Beatitude's) cell and texted him
several hours ago?"
"Yes, that is his cell phone. Keep trying."
+Nikolai, an hour later, complains again, but this time with a warning:
"I sent a text, does he check them?
He's go to be ready for this next week-- bad stuff is coming
The reference to "next week" is clearly to the forthcoming
Synod meeting, held February 22-24 in Santa Fe where the SMPAC report
was to be a major part of the agenda.
"He is preparing himself. He is countering opinion and accusations
with facts. Point by point."
As we shall see later, that statement was wildly untrue. But the
prospect excites +Nikolai. He replies:
"Excellent. whatever I can do I am here."
Fester sends the next email two days later, on February 21st:
"Keep up the pressure on BB. ( Bishop Benjamin). You can help by
keeping him out of Jonah's way and on the defensive."
To which +Nikolai complains that having re-established contact with
+Jonah, he now feels he is being ignored again:
"It doesn't appear the +MJ wants my assistance."
Fester reassures the Bishop and makes a startling prediction:
"I think that whatever you said to him when you spoke the other day
has moved him to a different place in terms of what he is going to say
to the HS. His tone is totally different. It is direct. He affirms his
election as Metropolitan by the Synod and states in no uncertain terms
that he is not going anywhere and he resent any comments being made by
the bishops, and states he knows who is saying these things and he
wants an apology.
A much different Jonah, so I believe he gets it, and knows that he does
not take control of his staff and the Synod, then we are in very big
So I would say, your help is still needed. Keep him strong,, keep BB
out of his way, and start to rebuild your credibility. The time will
come when what you are accused of doing will melt away in the face of
direct confrontation from those who took you down and a meeting with
the Synod to canonically state why you were retired against your will
and why your diocese was taken away from you against your will. They
have no canonical cause and they need to take you off retirement and
put you back to work for the Church."
+Nikolai's tenure in Alaska can be fully reviewed by going to www.
Pokrov.org and typing in the word "Soraich". The outcry these
allegations raised resulted in a preliminary investigation by
Chancellor Fr. Alexander Garklavs. The OCA Synod subsequently asked that
+Nikolai take a voluntary Leave of Absence, and physically leave the
diocese, so that the growing number of allegations against him could be
fully investigated. He refused, and was eventually placed on Leave of
Absence by the Synod. After his situation was discussed by the Synod,
following a more formal investigation conducted by Archbishop Nathaniel
and Bishop Tikhon, +Nikolai's formal resignation and retirement
were both accepted by the Synod in May 2008.
After his resignation +Nikolai decamped for Australia. He eventually
returned to his former home in Las Vegas, where he then sued the OCA
for $11 million for "wrongful termination and infliction of emotional
distress". The OCA and Nikolai eventually came to an out of court
agreement . The OCA agreed to canonically release +Nikolai to the
Serbian Church, as he desired, if +Nikolai agreed to drop his lawsuit.
A letter of release was given - but the Serbs have, so far, declined
to accept +Nikolai.. Bishop Benjamin, who was appointed "locum
tenens" to Alaska, now refuses to allow +Nikolai to serve in the
either Diocese of the West, or Alaska, leaving an angry +Nikolai in a
sort of canonical limbo. It is hardly conceivable anybody could
believe that the Synod would undertake the legal and pastoral risks
that would incur from +Nikolai's restoration - let alone actually
do it. Yet it is still more shocking to discover that both
Metropolitan Jonah and Fr. Fester are in regular contact for advice,
counsel and instructions, as evidenced above, from a Bishop that sued
the Church for $11 million just 2 years ago. And it is not less
shocking that they appear to have facilitated breaching the
confidentiality of the SMCAP Report by giving it to one of the
subjects, so he could help them prepare a better defense against it's
criticisms themselves. But then, those same emails reveal Fester is in
regular and active contact with Robert Kondratick, who although he has
been defrocked for more than 3 years, continues to serve a parish in the
Diocese of the South.
The Road to Santa Fe
And +Nikolai's advice, counsel and instructions are specific. The
February 21st exchange between +Nikolai and Fr. Fester continues.
"Keep pushing him (+Jonah) if you have the opportunity.
He's got to line his support and then he's got to push for an
investigation against BB.
I can respond to whatever is asked, but he's got to drive it."
Fester replies about the forthcoming Synod retreat in Santa Fe:
" His first order of busines is going to be remove AG ( Fr.
Alexander Garklavs). That will happen.
Next it will be expose the conspiracy against him. That includes five
members of the MC and BB and Mel ( Bishop Melchisedek). Dahulich will
be at his side and counter BB. Mel is a worm. Bishop Mark Maymon will
support HB as will Bishop elect Matt. With BB neutered, Nikon will
fall into place and Tikhon wants to side with BB and Mel, he will be
making a big mistake. Think he will side with HB. Nat. (Archbishop
Nathaniel) will side with him and so will Irenee.
BB is the one who needs to take LOA (Leave of Absence) not Jonah.
Next is to put the MC back in their statutory box.
These are the points he is making in his report. He is not pulling any
""WOW!" If this is the plan it is AWESOME!!!!
I feel like I am there.
Tikhon is a worm. Nikon has a heart, and don't forget Alejo also has
as vote and will support him.
Does he have Michael on board as that is the clincher, someone to neuter
Once he makes his move, then things start to fall into place.
No Bishop should all those MC members to participate in any conspiracy.
Who are the five MC? I only recall four: reeves, (Fr. John Reeves)
faith ( Dr. Faith Skordinski) MS (Mark Stokoe) and DS ( Dr. Dmitri
Solodow). All of whom are really BS. "
Fester quickly replies:
"You are right. Alejo has to be on the right side. Michael is
totally on board. He (+Jonah) has a great line in his presentation.
"Do you want a Church lead (sic) by the Holy Synod and the
Metropolitan or do you want a consistory lead (sic) by an Archpriest
and laity? The choice must be made today."
The sentence was clearly intended as an appeal with historical
resonances to New York Bishop Michael (Dahulich), who was raised in the
Carpatho-Russian Archdiocese. +Nikolai replies:
" Very Carpatho. nice usage."
+Nikolai then asks:
"What's your relationship with Brum? He speaks Spanish fluently
so there is no question.
Alejo is a full voting member and could be the swing vote. BTW
administrators have all the rights and privileges other (Bishop Mark of
Baltimore) and Moriak who is still a priest but should carry a lot of
weight as duly elected."
Fester answers with one line:
"Brum and I are friends."
Indeed. Fr. David Brum, together with Fr. Fester, were members of what
the SIC Report called Kondratick's "Inner Circle", as the
Secretary to the Metropolitan and Secretary to the Chancellor
respectively, between 2000 - 2006. Both resigned with Kondratick was
dismissed by Metropolitan Herman, with Fester heading to the Diocese of
the South, and Brum going West. Fester has since promoted Brum to be a
candidate for the episcopacy in the South, while +Jonah encouraged him
for the Diocese of New York. (Fr. Brum withdrew his name from the latter
election at the last minute.)
Nikolai concludes the exchange with a prayer for Santa Fe:
"I'll have a special supplication for this meeting."
+Nikolai on +Nikolai
Nikolai's "moving" of the Metropolitan before the Santa Fe
meeting, and his advice and counsel to Fester as to how +Jonah should
offer his report, +is especially significant because +Nikolai feels no
remorse, repentance, let alone guilt for his past actions. In his 2011
holiday letter to friends +Nikolai makes his anger and state of denial
"Greetings it is 2011!
My dear friends,
This has been one of the most difficult updates I have written. It has
been a struggle what to say and how but some things have to be said and
some even repeated before I can move on.
There are three things in my life that I can recall causing me burden
and weighing heavy on my soul and heart. Of course as one makes the
journey there are things that are difficult and some even unresolved
but these three seem to weigh more heavily than some of those others.
It is now some four years since the barrage of attacks against me as a
bishop and a person started to openly take place. The internet is where
I was accused, tried and sentenced. I fought this battle with some of
the best canonical papers written. It wasn't about canonical order
it was all about uncanonical order. There were no charges ever brought
against me only allegation and innuendo. I might add that there were
few clergy and no hierarchs on the Synod supporting me as their bishop.
That report of sorts written by Archpriest Garklavs was never given to
me-never! I received it from pirated sources as I did many other
documents during this process. I brought canonical charges against
Archbishop Job and it was Archbishop Nathaniel at that same Holy Synod
begging me not to pursue this as it would destroy the church so I
withdrew the charges. This is one of the three for which I am sorry.
Had I brought those charges he would have been convicted and deposed
and could have had time to prepare for his death. Rather, he died an
obscure death in a parking lot and under what circumstances still we
don't know. All of us pray for time to prepare and not to have a
sudden death. Remember the papers I mentioned `Conspiracy against
Nikolai' that were sent me? All at the leadership of Metropolitan
Herman who today has been forced out and still no reconciliation.
Bishop Benjamin was another who was so filled with himself to destroy
me personally. I knew him since I came into the OCA, spent many
wonderful hours in his presence but there were also difficult times for
which I had to confront him. He became too filled with envy and desire
to rid the church of me and Metropolitan Herman that he was willing to
implore any means to destroy and that is not an attractive
characteristic for a hierarch. I pulled strings to pull him out of that
unfortunate incident when he was arrested and that too is something for
which I am sorry, sorry that a man whom I thought could humble himself
was willing rather to impugn my character for his own self
aggrandizement. Look at SIC even to this day they have proven nothing
against Protopresbyter Rodion Kondratick whose deposition I vehemently
opposed. His worst crime is being loyal to his church and her first
hierarch. Attacks against my character was the easiest way to destroy
me. My Father told me when I still a teenager that when your character
is destroyed nothing is left, to always be honorable. I have always been
honorable to my oath and have always followed the canonical norm in the
church. Had I not done that don't you think these men so intent to
destroy would have brought charges against me?
My dear ones, I apologize for this but want to say some other things
before I can move on. Some of you over the last period have asked me to
defend myself on the net openly. I left quietly for Australia thinking
to live my days out in a monastery there working as I have all my life
for the church. I served the Orthodox Church in America for twenty
years and then without notice, illegally and uncanonically was retired.
This retirement was without any means of support, no pension and no
place to lay my head. Thank God that the OCA summoned me to Syosset for
a Holy Synod Meeting on April 1, 2009, which is the Feast of St. Mary
Magdalene but I am afraid was more like the secular holiday we better
know. I went but never met with them as I refused to sign their papers
and have not and will not ever. Shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with
stage IV cancer and told that I had no more than two months to live.
That was a wakeup call and yet there were no calls from any member of
that Holy Synod. It is still astounding that after the death of
Archbishop Job there wasn't any sense of reconciliation. And now we
are in the midst of the Archbishop Seraphim debacle. BTW he wrote me
some horrendous letters accusing me of dastardly deeds and now the
church administration is running to hide and washing their hands like
Pilate. I am not defending him and I am not condemning him as that is
yet to be proven. Reading some of the nonsense written by clergy about
a defense fund and the OCA running scared again of a lawsuit? Rest easy
knowing that lawyers go for the big picture and writing such nonsense
will not deter them from holding the church accountable. The Holy Synod
was given information and did nothing, rather said it was written by
someone who was angry. Well, angry after the fact for sure that nothing
was done to prevent yet another scandal in the church and her
Those sites run by Mark Stokoe and the Pokrov girls have done more
damage than they have ever done well for the church. I was told that
Stokoe was fired twice for his antics once in the West and the second
time in New York and now sits on the Metropolitan Council?"
(Editor's note: The Bishop was told an untruth. I have never been
fired from any position. I resigned my position in the Diocese of the
West, to become the Assistant General Secretary of SYNDESMOS in 1981.
The first time I resigned the Bishop would not accept it. Six months
later he did so relunctantly after I was offered the position yet
again. As Bishop Rodzianko is now deceased, there are multiple persons
who were present at that time who can vouch for the truth of that
statement. Almost 10 years later I resigned from my position in Syosset
because I would not countenance donations given specifically to the
Youth Department being used by Robert Kondratick, then Chancellor, for
other departments and as I later found out, God-knows-what. There are
also witnesses that can verify this was the case. I have actually been
on the Metropolitan Council twice - briefly in 1998-1999, when I was
removed, along with Chief Auditor John Kozey and Treasurer Dn. Eric
Wheeler, in the aftermath of ADM scandal ; and again from 2009 - to the
present, having been elected again by the Diocese of the Midwest. )
"The Pokrov girls have tried to make themselves look like this torch of
right waving all over Orthodoxy. I am sorry for them and sorry that
they too, didn't heed the warning when their co-founder Laura died
at such an early age. Nothing happened in San Francisco with their
children and Sam Allen. He was a three time loser and when interviewed
in prison from where he'd never leave at the time, admitted that he
was preparing for the right time but was arrested on another charge
before it occurred. Yes, the rector at that time was responsible for
not watching him and the families, in my opinion, were not supported
and thus we have Pokrov. Would the Mother of God really approve of
this? Would she want this to really be under her protection I doubt it.
Who brokered the pay-off? None other than the diocesan administrative
assistant Vincent Petersen! Don't you think they are beholding to
(Editor's note: Vincent Peterson was Bishop Benjamin's secular
name. As for his claims that "nothing happened" in San Francisco, the
SF Weekly in 2002 described the story in the following terms: "In
1999, Larson, her daughter Greta, and family friend Melanie Sakoda
founded the Protection of the Theotokos ("Mother of God"), an
organization devoted to exposing sexual abuse in the Orthodox Church.
It is a personal matter for them: In 1991, two of Sakoda's children
and one of Cappy Larson's were allegedly molested by a monk at the
Holy Trinity Cathedral. Both Sakoda and the Larsons sued Holy
Trinity's administrative body, the Orthodox Church in America;
though the OCA denied any wrongdoing, it paid over $200,000 to settle
the case with both families.")
"I could spend all my days defending myself on the internet but so far
have chosen not to. During all this time I have kept myself out of the
mud because you only get dirty if you play in it. I have been blessed
with eighteen months to prepare myself for the next life. During this
time I have and continue with some very aggressive therapy but can
report that I am feeling almost 100% and am ready for whatever is
coming next. During those days of assault and abandonment I was given
the Akathist to St. Nektarios which I read even that morning before
that Synod meeting April 1st. Did I ever think that I would lose my
diocese and my dignity, no not at all, I believed in the canonical
church. And thank God that the Church is made up of wonderful people,
parishes and priests but honestly the administration is lacking in
general Christian action. This diagnosis brought me closer to St.
Nektarios and others but I want to mention him right now. He was schemed
against by his brother hierarchs out of envy and was eventually sent
from his residence with a leave in hand with no means of support but he
is a great saint and an inspiration as difficult as this journey might
be. He spent the next thirty years growing in the faith and finally
reposing to prostate cancer. Repentance and reconciliation are necessary
otherwise we won't have an end to this earthly destruction as we see
hierarch after hierarch fall in shame. Little did I realize it would be
the intercessions of St. Nektarios that gave me these extra days and not
preserving my diocese and my dignity...."
By now you have been bored to death and count two things for which I am
feeling badly and I said three. The third is the most difficult and for
which I still am sorrowful. I can't change any of them, maybe the
relationship with Bishop Benjamin but the other two are gone. There was
a child of God, Natalia, born with multiple disorders and placed in
hospice shortly after birth where she would eventually die. Her Mother
in particular was guilty of her previous lifestyle and was sure that
this was God's curse so she didn't even hold the child and
didn't visit until after the child died with the Father. I was
called to the hospital right after the birth where I baptized this
child and followed her to the hospice. Right now I can't tell you
how long she lived but I held her in my arms at least daily and usually
at the end of my day until I couldn't stay awake any longer,
someone had to hold her. That last night she looked straight into my
eyes, something she wasn't able to do. It was wonderful seeing what
appeared to be a normal newborn looking at you. After she fell asleep I
put her back in the crib as I had done many other nights and went home
to sleep. She died that night and for this I suffer for having
abandoned her. A child of God forgotten and passed off to die alone
with no one. I am sure that she is under the Protection of the Mother
of God as I pray I am and as I offer my unworthy prayers for all of you
who have suffered with me in this journey .
With love and blessings,
Bishop +Nikolai may identify with +Nektarios, but unlike the Saint, his
holidays seems dominated by unfulfilled resentments and the desire for
revenge. For Fester, Bishop Benjamin is a roadblock for "Team
Jonah". For +Nikolai it appears to be far more personal.
Fester and Kondratick
Fester has often and publicly stated he resents the Special
Investigative Committee's appellation that he was a member of
Kondratick's "Inner Circle", claiming that he personally
never knew anything Kondratick was doing - not that he ever admited
that Kondratick did anything wrong. But once again, one has to ask what
the Dean of the Metropolitan's Cathedral and then Chancellor of
the South was doing in almost daily phone contact (according to
witnesses in Dallas), and in constant email contact, according to these
emails, with a disgraced, defrocked former Chancellor who until
recently was suing the OCA for $26 million dollars? Of course,
Kondratick himself was serving then, as he still is, as the
"administrator" of the DOS parish in Venice, Florida.
But the ties between Fr. Fester, Kondratick, +Nikolai go much further
than just personal friendships, a common dislike of +Benjamin, a
desire to influence and then use +Jonah for preservation and/or
restoration of figures of the ancien regime. It extends to actively
helping the disinformation campaign against "those who brought you
down." Among the chief targets of Fr. Fester and Kondratick is OCANews
and its editor, Mark Stokoe. As the emails show, it was Kondratick who
furnished Fr. Fester Stokoe's reports and musings to fellow MC
members in the wake of Garklav's firing over the SMPAC Report in
early February. The emails, ( entitled " Many Rats in the Nest"
) were not stolen - they were simply passed on unwisely by a recipient
to member of Kondratick's former team in Syosset, by which they
ended up in Venice, Dallas, and Los Angeles with +Bishop Tikhon. There
are indeed many, and surprising ways emails can end up places - and
none involve hacking, theft or criminality.
Best Laid Plans
But Jonah, Fester, +Nikolai and Kondratick's plans to re-shape
the OCA, literally, in the sense of restoring it to the status quo
ante-scandal, went awry, as it was the Synod who requested +Jonah
undergo a medical/pyschological evalution, not Bishop Benjamin in Santa
Fe. So on the evening of Friday, February 25, 2011, just a day after
Santa Fe, in an effort to undo Jonah's agreement to the take a
Leave of Absence, portions of the MC emails began appearing on the
Indiana list posted by retired Bishop Tikhon of Los Angeles claiming it
was all "a conspiracy"; and on the following day +Jonah appeared
before the cameras in DC claiming it was not a "leave" but only
a "rest". A week later OCATruth.org appears and the campaign
for "Team Jonah" went viral.
That this was indeed a campaign, and that it was duplicitous on the
part of +Jonah and Fester, is evidenced by the fact that one of the
most oft-cited "conspiracy" emails from Dr. Faith Skordinski
addressed to "Alex" was purported to be from Skordinski to Fr.
Alex(ander) Garklavs. It was, as Kondratick and Fester well knew from
previous emails, actually addressed to Ms. Alex(andra) Makosky, the
former lawyer for the first SIC Committee and Dr. Skordinski's friend.
And while the public at large - not to mention Dreher - wondered why
Stokoe remained so silent as these emails were published, and both he
and his parish priest's reputations were trashed, the answer was rather
simple: Fr. Bobosh turns the other cheek. Stokoe, less a Christian, was
at this pivotal moment, out of the country, with no internet connection.
(Quite the conspirator, to leave at the crucial moment, when his plan
was to hatch, right?)
But the truth was is hard to keep down.
Consider the following exchange late on on February 28th, between
Fester and Metropolitan +Jonah, detailing Fester's "chat"
that evening with Bishop Mark of Baltimore, the new administrator of
the Diocese of the South, in the immediate wake of Santa Fe. After a
few lines of greetings Fester gets right to business:
"me: I was told that your announced in NC ( North Carolina) that
Jonah was on a Leave of Absence.
Bishop: Are you the grand inquisitor? People asked specific question to
which I did not lie, nr speak outside of class.
me: But Vladyka, His Beatitude is not on a LOA (Leave of Absence) Its
just confusing when they hear one thing and they (sic) His Beatitude
makes it clear that he is not on a leave.
Bishop: That was the specific terminology used at the synod meeting.
They categorically rejected the word retreat. My meeting was on
Saturday, His Beatitutde's statements were on Sunday.
me: well, as you know, the press release on oca does not state he is on
leave. What Saturday meeting? the one in which his Beatitude was not
Bishop: the one with the pc (parish council) in NC.
me: ah, yes. well, you are right. Timing is everything, but I am sure
that it will all be cleared up. It just important that folks in the ODS
and the Cathedral know you support His Beatitude as we know, he is much
loved. but that is a given, you know that, Thank God.
me: WE all love him and want him to succeed.
me: yes, You should know that the information that has been gathered
from Fr. Alexander's email account, which is the property of the
OCA, which was handed over when he resigned is painting a very
different picture of Fr. Garklavs and some of the members of the MC and
sadly some members of the MC. I am sharing this with you because I
don't want you to be used or hurt. That is all I can say, but it
will be made clear soon
Bishop: His Beatitude agreed to a LOA. I heard it with my own ears.
me: Vladyka, please. nothing was signed. He is not on a leave. Don't
get sucked into something by Benjamin and Melchesedek.(sic) It was all
set up ahead of time. It was a trap. The information is there."
The Bishop does not reply.
Father Fester continues to argue that "... HB never signed
Finally, Mark replies:
" Bishop: I am too new to all this and it is best for me to stay out
of it. I do not even have a vote.
Fr. Fester continues , rambling " I don't want you to get hurt.
Please believe me" and "I want you to succeed". Fr. Fester
concludes by saying: " I think you are right. stay out of line of
fire. Not having a vote now is a blessing..."
Staying out of the line is not so easy these days if one is not
appropriately supportive of "Team Jonah". Today, Bishop Mark, who is in
Chicago for the consecration of Bishop Matthias, received a letter from
the Dallas Cathedral's parish council asking +Mark "to clarify
his position and his understanding of his position" in the Diocese
of the South. A second letter to Metropolitan Jonah, also orchestrated
by Fr. Fester, asks for an `"Intervention" and documenting
complaints about + Mark was sent today as well. This is all part of
the plan to remove +Mark. With Jonah, Fester, +Nikolai & Kondratick, if
you know the truth, even "keeping your head down" will not save
The tipping point is indeed here, as the Synod meets tomorrow to begin
two days of discussion as to what to do in the face of "Team Jonah". Do
we return to the culture of the "old" OCA, with even a restoration of
the "old" faces secretly advocated, figures and a culture we labored
so long, so hard and at so great a cost to free ourselves from? Or,
recognizing the same old, masquerading as the "new", do we reject them,
and all their divisive works, and all their duplicitious ways, once
- Mark Stokoe
Next: +Jonah In His Own Words
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