Former Russian Church Bishop in Britain offers his resignation
11 September 2009, 18:47
Former Russian Church Bishop in Britain who
almost split the local diocese offers his resignation
London, September 11, Interfax Bishop Basil
(Osborn) of Amphipolis who had illegally changed
the Moscow Patriarchate for Constantinople, announced his retirement.
He told his London parish he would leave his post
for health reasons, the Sourozh Diocese of the
Russian Orthodox Church reported to Interfax-Religion correspondent on Friday.
Russian parochial clerics of the British
vicariate of Western Europe Exarchate received
circular letters from Bishop Basil saying that
their canonical status would be discussed at the
next assembly of this Constantinople structure on
November 28. Archbishop Gabriel of Komana is to chair the session.
Besides, it cleared out that Bishop Basil was
going to leave Great Britain and move to France.
The Diocese source said, Bishop Basils
retirement looks rather logical on the
background of the legal proceeding around the
Dormition Cathedral of the Sourozh Diocese lost by the vicariate.
In 2006, Bishop Basil, who then headed the
Sourozh Diocese, decided to leave the Moscow
Patriarchate for Constantinople. Some clerics of
the Sourozh Diocese followed him and thus
aggravated the situation both in the Diocese and
in relations between the Moscow and
Constantinople Churches as the latter accepted
clerics of the Russian Church without a letter of release.